Boxers Punches (Jab & Cross)

The Jab and Cross are Straight punches and incredibly useful against an opponent standing at a distance. There are two different types of straight punches, straight punch towards the head and straight punch towards the body. And these can be with either the lead hand or rear hand.

The straight punch is a crucial punch as it can be used to prepare for the primary attack in your bout. It is also used to gauge the range to the opponent, disrupt the opponent’s actions and also to score points.

The Boxers Jab

The most crucial punch in boxing, the one you will make use of the most in your boxing career, The Boxers Jab.

The jab is definitely the biggest weapon in boxing mainly because it will be thrown fairly quickly without compromising a boxer’s defensive position. The jab is essential to your boxing success.

While in the boxer’s stance your fists will be held in a relaxed position, palms facing inwards. The jab is a punch thrown while using the leading hand, straight from the chin in a straight path toward your opponent.

  • As your hand leaves its guard position, the closed fist turns a quarter.
  • As your punch is delivered, the closed fist steadily clenches and is totally clenched right before impact. Your palm will be facing downward at impact.
  • It is then instantly relaxed. and brought back the quickest way following the exact direction, back to your original guard position.

Even though the jab is not necessarily regarded as a power punch, effective use of the jab throughout a fight can cause considerable damage. Observe pretty much any competitive fight and the jab count number significantly exceeds that of any other punch.

It’s useful to score points and keep opponents away, to put together combinations and set up power punches and also to break down defenses.

Check

  • Stand in the boxing stance.
  • Aim at the opponent’s chin with knuckles of the lead hand
  • Shift your body weight from back leg towards the lead leg
  • Turn your body
  • Keep your chin down
  • Extend your lead arm straight out to the target
  • Knuckles up and palm down
  • After hitting the target, retract the arm quickly along the same path as delivered
  • Go back to the boxing stance

 The Boxers Right Cross

The straight right is the first of the power punches and one of the most favourite punches thrown by all boxers, as it feels more natural to throw the dominant hand and is easier to learn compared to hooks and uppercuts.

While in the boxer’s stance your fists will be held in a relaxed position, palms facing inwards. The right cross is a punch thrown while using the rear hand, straight from the guard position in a straight path toward your opponent.

  • A correctly thrown right hand begins from the ground all the way up through the body.
  • You are going to punch off of the rear foot to power this punch The right heel of your pivoting foot will move outward.
  • As you begin to throw the right hand, the closed fist turns a quarter inwards.
  • Simultaneously your hips and shoulders will start to rotate towards your opponent.
  • The right arm accelerates as it moves towards the opponent and the punch is delivered with as much force as possible.
  • As your punch is delivered, the closed fist steadily clenches and is totally clenched right before impact. Your palm will be facing downward at impact and your chin remains tucked in.
  • The fist is then instantly relaxed. and brought back the quickest way to your original guard position.

Like with the majority of all punches, the Right Cross should be thrown following the Jab. Leading with the right cross is not ideal, especially if you miss your opponent where you will be then left off balance and vulnerable to a counter punch.

Check

  • Stand in the boxing stance.
  • Aim at the opponent’s chin with knuckles of the rear hand
  • Shift your body weight from back leg towards the lead leg
  • Turn your body
  • Keep your chin down
  • Extend your rear arm straight out to the target
  • Knuckles up and palm down
  • After hitting the target, retract the arm quickly along the same path as delivered
  • Go back to the boxing stance

Common Errors when Punching

  • Punching with no rotating of the body.
  • Raising the chin upwards too far.
  • Not guarding the chin.
  • Feet in the incorrect position after and before throwing a punch.
  • Fists not rotated properly.
  • Arms low or sideways immediately after throwing a punch.
  • Slow retracting hand back to guard position.
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