Friday, September 01, 2006

Boxing Punch Numbering System

Slip the #1
I'm sure there are other boxing punch numbering systems out there, but this is the one I learned in the boxing gym, and it works well for me:
  1. Jab
  2. Straight or cross
  3. Lead-hand hook
  4. Rear-hand uppercut
  5. Lead-hand uppercut
  6. Rear overhand
Similar to the stick angle numbering systems in the Filipino martial arts, boxing punch numbers help you learn to build combinations and to train a fighter as you have them throw the punches in drills or on the mitts. For example, a 1-1 is a double-jab. A 1-2 is the famous jab-cross or jab-straight. You can build from there, but add in pauses to make them more realistic, and to create openings. I will have a post on one of my favorite combos in the AM, the 1-3. Open-book pop quiz: What is the 1-3 combination?

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7 comments:

Patrick Parker said...

duh, how did I miss this the first time around? Cool post.

question? is there no rear-hand hook in boxing? does the rear overhand take its place? why?

pat

PRESTONKATHRYN said...

Not really a rear hand hook in boxing. The amount of time it would take to throw it combined with the limited distance and angle makes it a bad punch. An exception would be getting someone on the ropes I guess, but is it truly a rear hand hook when you are squared up?

Anonymous said...

There is a rear hand hook utilized by Miguel Cotto and Mike Tyson, but they are used for "in fighting" primarily. The Rear Hand Hook is also utilized for going to the body, but needs to be set up with a high jab. See Cotto's fights for an example.

-Mago

Mended Meanderer said...

I agree with both Preston and Anon about the so-called "rear-hand hook."

There really isn't a rear-hand hook because more often than not it is just a sloppily executed punch; what they call a "winging right." A "round house" rear-hand punch has been seen but the mechanics are different than a hook.

If you look at the way rear-hand punches were used to score on the body in particular by the likes of Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and even Roy Jones, Jr. you can see that it is not quite the same as a lead-hand hook (notice the difference in the direction of the point of the elbow).

Of course, hybrids exist as every boxer is taught a slight interpretation of a punch by trainers. For example, some stress hooks thrown with the fist more level with the ground while others allow the fist to be more perpendicular to the ground.

Anonymous said...

it would be a lot more useful if the hooks were numbered seperately because a body hook is not the same punch as a jaw hook. i wonder when kevin rooney used to call off the punches for tyson and his other fighters if they called a different # for body and head hooks.

Anonymous said...

everyone is the world knows when using the punch mitts. 1=jab, 2=straight right, 3=left hook, 4=right hook, 5=left upper cut, 6=right upper cut. 7=left body hook,8=right body hook.

by the picture listed above (sparring around gym equipment) shows that you guys have NO IDEA what you are talking about. This is by far the most pathetic attempt at Internet fighters I've ever seen.

HORRIBLE ADVICE!!!!

Robert delaCruz said...

1 Jab
2 Right Straight
3 Quick Hook
4 Right Uppercut
5 Left Uppercut
6 Beat Down