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The Beginner's Guide to Boxing as a Southpaw

Jan 2


In boxing, there are both orthodox boxers and southpaws. A boxer may choose one of the southpaw positions for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one is that they're naturally left-handed. This puts their dominant hand to their backside which would allow them to load it up for even more force.


Comfort is another valid reason many boxers choose a southpaw posture. The footwork is usually easier when you have your dominant foot forward, that is typically the case with the dominant hand.


Boxing for Southpaws can be challenging beginning, with a variety of gymnasiums that teach students how to imitate the techniques of an orthodox fighter. Although many of the techniques are the same, some techniques, angles, and techniques are specific for southpaws when they are competing against orthodox boxers.




Let's begin with the concept of stance. How you stand determines the definition of a stance. Different sports employ different stances. Southpaws prefer the open stance of the traditional boxer. If two boxers of orthodoxy encounter, they typically adopt an open stance.


Open stance situations are much less frequent as a closed-stance match, which is why not many orthodox boxers train to be proficient in the stance. Southpaws are, however are more adept at taking standing in an open stance as they are able to fight orthodox boxers. This is what we refer to as the advantage of the southpaw.


Open stances require a variety of movements and angles. Boxing requires you to learn or adapt to footwork as well as angles to be able to master the ring.


Certain boxers have one foot on the ground while others prefer the other. Both are acceptable as you keep your weight balanced fifty-fifty between your feet.




After you've figured out how to be in a southpaw posture, decide on the kind of guard you like to use. Start with the standard high guard, but then experiment with different types, such as the extended long guard or cross-arm guard.


While the long-guard can help you keep your opponent away from you while you load your rear hand while using the cross-arm protection contrary will help you close the distance and safely load your lead hand.




As the southpaw, you'll want to make the outside angle by moving your lead foot to the right of the lead foot of your opponent. From this position, the left hand is split to split the opponent's defense and line up with their chin. Manny Pacquiao often used this angle to block the punch of his opponent with a quick left-hand straight.


The majority of boxers who are orthodox will be competing for the outside angle, making the lead foot especially important in open stance matches. The outside angle that is dominant is the most dominant but the inside angle offers the possibility of punching with your jab or lead hook.




The primary punches used by southpaws are the jab, cross, and lead hook. Look at the way Olympic medalist Tony Jeffries demonstrates in the video. As a southpaw, you'll throw your jab and lead hook using your right hand, followed by the cross using the left hand.


Remember that you must always walk with your left foot when you throw jabs or lead hooks. You can also rotate your hips counterclockwise when making punches by turning your hips. For the cross, you should take one-half step with your left foot as you rotate your hips clockwise.


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