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The Beginner's Guide to Boxing as a Southpaw

Jan 2


In boxing, there are orthodox boxers as well as southpaws. For many reasons, the boxer may choose to be a southpaw. One of the most obvious is that they're naturally left-handed. This would put their dominant hand in the rear of their body and give them even more power.


Another reason that boxers favor a southpaw position is comfort. Footwork is often easier with your dominant foot forward, that is typically the case with your dominant hand.


Boxing as a Southpaw may be challenging initially, with several kickboxing gyms only instructing southpaws on how to mimic the tactics of orthodox boxers. While many techniques are identical, there are a number of strategies, angles, and strategies are specialized to southpaws when facing traditional boxers.

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Let's begin with the word "stance. The way you stand defines the definition of a stance. Different sports use different ways of standing. Southpaws prefer an open stance when competing against an orthodox boxer. When two orthodox boxers meet, they often create closed stances.


The open stance is far less common than closed-stance fights, and , as a consequence, few boxers who are orthodox train to master it. However, southpaws are more proficient in an open stance, since they usually fight conventional boxers. This plays a big part in the so-called southpaw advantage.


Open stances require a variety of footwork and angles. Boxers must learn, or at a minimum, adapt to both styles to gain mastery in the boxing ring.


Some boxers would rather have one foot on the ground , while others prefer the other. Both are fine as you keep your weight evenly balanced fifty-fifty across your feet.




Once you've learned how to transition into the southpaw position, you can choose the guard type you like. Always begin with the basic high guard, but then experiment with others, such as the extended long guard or cross-arm guard.


The long guard keeps your opponent at arm's length as you load your backhand. But the cross-arm guard can limit the distance while you load your hand that is on the lead.




As a southpaw, you'll need to play the outside angle by getting your lead foot in the direction of your opponent's lead foot. Your left hand must be in a position where your opponent's guard is split. Your left hand should be aligned with your opponent's chin. Manny Pacquiao used this angle often to stop an opponent's punch with a swift left straight.


A majority of traditional boxers will fight for the angle that is outside. This means that the lead foot is essential when fighting in open stance. The dominant angle on the outside is the dominant angle however the inside angle provides punching opportunities for your jab or lead hook.




The three most important punches for southpaws are the cross, jab, and lead hook. In this video below, Tony Jeffries, an Olympic medalist, demonstrates how to master it. As a southpaw, you'll throw your lead hook and jab with your right hand. and then the cross with the left hand.


Remember that it is best to always move with your left foot when you throw the lead hook or jabs. Also, you can rotate your hips counterclockwise when making punches by turning your hips. For the cross, you should take half a step using your left foot, as you rotate your hips clockwise.


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Peak Kickboxing / Jiu Jitsu
9100 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215