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The Beginner's Guide to Boxing as a Southpaw

Jan 2


In boxing, there are both orthodox boxers as well as southpaws. A boxer might choose one of the southpaw positions for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason is that they are naturally left-handed. This would put their dominant hand in the rear of their body which gives them more power.


Comfort is another valid reason most boxers prefer the southpaw posture. The dominant foot will usually be just in front of the dominant hand, making the footwork much easier.


Boxing as a Southpaw may be challenging at first with many kickboxing in aurora co gyms only teaching southpaws how to replicate the strategies of orthodox boxers. Although some of the methods are the same, several methods, angles, and strategies are specific to southpaws in the face of orthodox boxers.




Let's begin with the word "stance. Stance is the fundamental way one stands. Different sports have different stances. Southpaws prefer an open stance against the traditional boxer. If two boxers of orthodoxy encounter, they typically adopt an open stance.


The open stance is significantly less popular as a closed-stance match, and as a result, very few boxers of the traditional style train to be proficient in this type of fight. Southpaws however have a better chance of winning using an open stance, as they are able to fight orthodox boxers. This is referred to as the advantage of the southpaw.


Wide stances require different movements and angles. As a boxer, you need to master, or at a minimum, adjust both of them to become proficient in the arena.


Certain boxers prefer keeping one foot on the ground while others prefer to stand on the soles of both feet. You can choose to both, provided you keep your weight evenly fifty-fifty between your feet.




Once you've learned how to enter a southpaw posture, select the kind of guard you like. Always begin with the base high guard, but you can also experiment with other guards, like the extended long guard or cross-arm guard.


While the long guard may aid in keeping your opponent away from you while loading your hand in the rear while the cross-arm guard, however, can help close the distance and safely load your lead hand.




As a southpaw, you need to play 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 your opponent's guard, lining against their chin. Manny Pacquiao used this angle often to counter an opponent’s punch with a swift left straight.


The majority of traditional boxers will be fighting for the outside angle, making the lead foot particularly important for open stance fights. The outside angle that is dominant is the most dominant however the inside angle provides an opportunity to punch your jab or lead hook.




The most common punches for a southpaw are the jab, cross and lead hook. Take a look at how Olympic medallist Tony Jeffries demonstrates in the video. As a southpaw, throw your lead hook and jab with your right hand, followed by your cross with your left.


Note that when you throw hooks, jabs or leads, step with your right foot and rotate your hips counterclockwise for punches. For crossing, you'll require a half-step on your left leg and turn your hips clockwise.

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