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How do pro boxers fight? What techniques do pros use that amateurs don t?

What are some special things that only pros do? What are the things that pros do really well? I ve put together a list of key fighting techniques that I ve seen in practically al l professional boxers but rarely in amateur boxers. Many of these special techni ques are subtle and require truly refined skills that can only be developed thro ugh years of training. They are very hard to see and even harder to do. I share them to the best of my ability for your enjoyment and perhaps future boxing insp iration. Here they are: 10 POPULAR pro boxing techniques!

This guide isn t so much about giving instruction as it is about raising awareness . I will TELL you what they do, but I won t TEACH you what they do (at least not i n this guide). My hope is to at least open your mind to other techniques out the re. It s time for you to start noticing the little details and things that you didn t re alize existed before and hopefully one day incorporate them into your game. If y ou re too inexperienced that you can t notice these details (even with my descriptio ns), you re probably not at the right level to try them yet. It s ok. Give it time a nd one day you ll get there.

1. Staying HEAVY Anybody who s been in the ring with a pro before will know what I m talking about. Y ou know right away when you re in with a pro because he feels as solid as a rock. You can feel his weight even when you re only punching into his guard. You could put 140lb pro in with an amateur 160lb middleweight and the pro will EASILY push th e amateur around. Pros have great balance and stay very grounded. You can feel t heir weight when they punch, when they push you around on the inside, and even w hen you throw a punch into their guard. HOW do the pros stay so heavy? One thing I ve noticed: they re very relaxed that the ir weight can sit comfortably on the ground. They don t move around or fidget around so much like the amateurs. And they hardly take their feet off the ground. It s n ot about being low to the ground, it s about not lifting your legs (and disturbing your center of gravity) so much. Being heavy allows the pros to stand their ground very comfortably. They don t fal l all over the place or fall off balance like amateurs. They stand wherever they want and they move only when they want to move. Their great balance allows them to move faster and move to more angles. Last but not least their superior balan ce allows them to throw punches with so much more power.

2. Endless ANGLES Just like I said, the pros have endless angles. When they re punching you, you fee l like the punches can come from all over. A jab can slice up the middle (passin g the inside of your forearm) or around the side (passing the outside of your fo rearm). A right hand can come high, low, around, under, or straight through. It can come twice. The left hook can come high, low, at your chin, at your forehead

You might have only barely missed the first punch but you ll totally miss the second punch for sure. The pros have a jab that can interrupt the opponent NO MATTER WHAT. From any a ngle. This requires several skills and strategies and LOTS of sparring experience. they throw it as a lightning fast touch to distract you before you can even think of throwing a punch. 3. Obviousl y. he would have missed the opportunity to bait you into throwing (and m . He s ove r. It can stop his right hand. soft or hard. the opponent is most likely to throw *this* punch and then follow up with *that* punch. If the pro had countered after the f irst slip. They also know th e natural rhythm and flow of certain combinations. well-timed and well-placed. 4. they ll quickly move their head to *that* position to r eally bait you into throwing an even harder follow-up shot. anywhere. it s more than just having that stiff sharp power and gre at accuracy. at your body. It can stop him from coming forward. And statistically they re able to guess that from *this* position. too far back. standing tall or crouched. It can be long or short. When you re the one punching them. I can thin k of few better ways to evade a punch than by making someone miss in the first p lace. to the side. You feel like his punches can squeeze th rough the tiniest of holes and hit your chest. even battering you through your gloves. and as you re missing. What does this require? Skill AND PATIENCE. under. You start to feel like a child hiding behind the door when you helplessly put up a peek-a-boo defense to keep out the pro. Their obvious skill is avoiding your pu nch. The left hook can hit your body even w hen you think your elbow is blocking it. the pro always finds an angle to escape. the pro s jab always finds a way to interrupt your thoughts an d combinations. your solar plexus. Other times. Pros have such precise timing with their jab. A pro ja b can beat any punch. while pivoting. any position. Game-stopping JAB I call the pro boxer s jab a game-stopping jab because it can counter ANY punch. while moving. He always finds angles to hurt you ev en when you think you re totally covered. to your body. Most annoying of all is that he s rig ht in front you I mean LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. too close. Their not-so-obvious skill is making you aim at the wrong place. or always somehow tilted or turn ed away so that your punches have no effect. it can stop his hook. Sometimes they add power to pop you with a counter jab right when you punch. kid ney.. W hich buys him all the time to land whatever counter-punch or counter-combo he wa nts to throw. leaning in or leaning back. The uppercuts seem to come from all ove r as well to your head. there is one condition: it has to land! How do they do it? Well. Pro s are very good at knowing which positions bait which punches. Sometimes they throw it with a fast snap to surprise you. And then what they ll do next is bait *this* position to make you miss the first p unch. your chin. Make You MISS Wide Pros are so amazing at slipping punches. at the side of your head.

still rely more on footwork for defense. There s more of a visual effect when the head snaps back. head shots are easier to score because they re cl earer and easier to see. They know how to wrestle a guy. They know how to use their body o n the inside to defend. Pros have to land damaging shots to win over the judges which requ ires them to get closer and stay in firing range. In amateur fighting. Whereas the typical amateur boxer will fire back immed iately because he might not get that opportunity to counter later. It s also important for pros to know how to fight on the inside because the referee might be biased and let the other guy clinch or use more dirty tactics on the inside. although quite skillful . clinch him.issing) an even wider shot. They can punch and de fend even without looking. Years of being in the ring has allowed pros to become quite comfortable up close with an opponent. 6. And I don t mean this in the way like a reckless bra wler being stupidly aggressive. move. A pro boxing match can last up to 12 rounds whereas an amateur boxing match is o nly 3 rounds. This is how they create the opportunit ies to land those devastating knockout punches! The pros have been boxing for so long that they always know exactly what punches are likely to come next. Painful BODY SHOTS Body punching is another one of those things that differentiate the pros from th e amateurs. The amateur boxing system is based on a point system which helps taller longer guys throw a bunch of pitty-pat shots and run away. . or create space for punches. Killer INSIDE-FIGHTING Game Pros are especially adept at fighting on the inside for many reasons. Pro boxers are really slick on the inside. With amateur boxing matches being only 3 rounds. but a slick guy who is inches in front of his op ponent. Amateurs. there sometimes isn t enough t ime for the fighter to reap the long-term gains of body punching. Another concern for amateurs is losing out on the exchange by getting countered to the head as they go for the body. push him. And so pros will slip about 2-3 times to make you mi ss wider and wider before countering you. they have no c hoice but to get comfortable up close. Body punches aren t as easy to see and score and sometimes look like blocked shot s. This means a pro fighter does not have the energy to run as much a nd will need to stay in the inside to conserve energy and or clinch and buy time . Quite often. They understand punching rhythms and know how to roll off the punches even at point blank. Body shots can slow down an opponent but they may take some time to really affect the opponent . some amateurs only use body pu nches to set up head punches. With no energy to run away. spin him. turn him. I can easily spot pros in a sparring match because they re comfortable being RIGHT IN FRONT of their opponents. They re more comfortable with fighting and exchanging up close (compared to amateur boxers) because the pros have better defensive skills. slipping and sliding. and totally outmaneuvering even without letting hi s opponent lay a hand on him. Many amateurs don t rely on body punching as part of the their main arsenal. 5. hold him.

It s like punc hing. You think he s far away and yet he hits you. But that s the thing YOU CAN T FEEL HIM COMING IN! You cannot feel his body get ting closer. Body punches can severely hurt a fighter and take out his wind. Of course he moved in at some point b efore hitting you but you never noticed him moving in. I m talking about the ability to move in a way that your opponent cannot feel yo u moving! Imagine a guy whose punches were so perfectly non-telegraphic that you couldn t feel them coming. Body punches can also be used to drag better-skilled opponents int o messy wars where the brawler gets more chances to cause damage. FROM INSIDE THE RING. LEAD right hand . It s easy to watch this on TV and say. This isn t just good footwork. And again you didn t notic e him moving away! It s even more incredible than that. Part of how the pros do it is through using incredibly relaxed footwork. As long as you re being totally relaxed and free of tension. time the punch to land as the opponent s elbo ws are lifted. Oh he should counter him when he co mes in. rem oving power from his punches. imagine a guy whose footwork was so p erfectly non-telegraphic that you couldn t feel him moving in and out on you.Pro boxers on the other hand are very different! They LOVE body punches and they have the necessary skills to land them. Pros use body punches for many reasons. and then get out without getting countered. I m not talking about the ability to move quickly or have good footwork . it s about being undetectable. Body punches can be used to slow down the fas ter fighters. this is ULTRA-SLICK footwork! Again. I ve had pros close 3-4 feet of space and whack me with big combinations without me seeing it! This is something you have to see in person. Body punches can damage the ir opponent s core making it painful to move around (great for slowing down runnin g fighters). Or sometimes he s up close and right as you re about to throw a punch he s already gone. In the same way. That s the only way. A perfectly placed body punch can actually cripple an oppo nent and knock him out. 7. Imagine having to do all this with a full commit ment of power and not get worried about getting hit in the face while your arm i s down. The other part of it is timing. It takes a tremendous amount of skill t o slip inside without taking damage. aim precisely into the body where it hurts the most. He ll fall to the floor in so much pain and his legs will be so paralyzed that he can t get up (even if he has the heart to continue). the opponent ca nnot read you because you re not loading any tension in your body. There is nothing to read . to really app reciate. Many boxers wi th great chins have been known to drop their arms freely at times and throw body shots at close range to bait less durable (or less engaging) opponents into dan gerous exchanges. The pros really understand when are good moments to come in and they have the experience to know when you re not prepared f or it. 8. Body punches can be a tremendous equalizer in fights where the opponent is too f ast or has too much head movement. Deceptive DISTANCE Control Pro boxers are so SOOOOOO incredibly clever and deceptive at changing the distan ce on you. Body punches can be very painful and mentally crip pling to an opponent. Throwing punches to the body can make th eir opponents drop their elbows and expose the head. it s not about speed. you cannot feel his feet shifting and sliding or whatever he s doing down there.

it s THAT f ast. Lots of TOUCHING Pros touch their opponents a lot. Because their punc hing technique is so minimal. energy conserved. Pros use a wider varie ty of relaxed free-flow body positions. another step to the right . Having that fast lead right allows the right arm to have both fast and hard punches at your disposal. It taught me to keep that head back or maintain a distance always. It s not the most powerful knockout punch in the world but it s a nice surprisingly quick shot with a just enough pop to stop you in your tracks. maybe two steps to the left again and they re out. They simply hold the ground right there and then *POP!* there goes the lead right. When they want to run. And you frustrated when you see how calmly they walk away. It s a stark contrast to how a mateur boxers fight because amateur boxers are usually keeping their hands up fo . They re able to punch and defend from ever y position so they re not always forced to rigidly spring back into the basic stanc e . When thrown properly. It t akes a really slick fighter to be able to walk around the ring without a care in the world but that is what the pros do well. they don t jump or panic or any thing like that. not so much twist in the hip s or pivoting in the feet (like with a normal right hand). Walking keeps their feet grounded. T hey look so calm. 10. Because of their skill. It s very common that you see a fighter with a well-developed left arm that can th row both fast punches (jabs) and hard punches (hooks/uppercuts) but the right ar m is a bit one-dimensional and can only throw hard long range shots. relaxed. Having a fast lead right hand makes your right arm a much more balanced weapon. and the fight relaxed. They walk around a lot. A quick little pop in the shoulder and that s it. The lead right is so much faster than you think and so hard to see. And then you can finish him off with some hooks and an even harder right ha nd. Slick as hell. and walk away. 9. They simply walk: a step to the left. This makes you far more threatening to your opponents because now the y really have to watch out for both of your hands. They ll walk in. you do n t even realize how easily they walked in on you. And I mean A LOT. and nonchalant about fighting but they re actually alwa ys ready to engage. The real SKILL in landing this punch i s knowing the timing and when to throw it. Their punching technique for the lead right hand is very much like a jab techniq ue. They ll land it right as you re about to throw a jab or even right b efore you throw your right hand.Pros have great lead right hands. The pros lead right hand technique is all about setting up the arm and then firi ng it using a little pop in the shoulder. they can get that right hand off so much quicker a nd from any position. you can stun an opponent right in front of you without him even knowing what hit him. they have more freedom to square up their shoulders or lean in at times which brings their right hand closer. The trick to the success of this right hand seems very much to be the result of two things: the body position and the punching technique. WALKING Around This is one of my favorite qualities about pro boxers. hit you. A pro popped me good once with a lead right as I came in with my head while trying to throw my right hand.

or if his glove is up.r defense and keeping their hands to themselves. you always see them laying their hands on their opponents. you could touch an opponent to interrupt his punches. Touching an opp onent s shoulders can force him to fire a curved punch instead of a straight punch . you could touch an opponent simply to distract him. Instead of jabb ing him to the head (which is slower). it can create all sorts of offensive and defensive opportunities in the fight. pros also like to touch an opponent s head or shoulders to use that as a lever to push him or spin him away. you could touch his head. which is then easily avoided by leaning back. I especially like to put my hands on guys with thick arms becau se it makes them more reckless and wears down their heavily-muscled arms. If you v e ever fought a pro before. It s common to see pros touching their opponent s head or shoulders. You can do the same by touching an opponent s head as you mov e away from him. You could touc h any place to concentrate his guard there and then attack him from a different angle. you could touch his glove and then quickly throw a hook to the body. It s easier to defend because you knew what to expect. It s pretty slick and ve ry fun to watch. It s important to know that nobody likes to be touched. touching here and t here. Even the simple contact of your glove on your opponent s body can make him anxious and exert more energy tha n he would have. Offensively. Suppose you d idn t have time to throw a counter jab. When you watch pros in sparring . It s a very annoying tactic and can buy you ju st enough time to move away. On the inside. It s such an effective technique and when strategically used. maybe your body wasn t in position to throw a proper jab or your hand isn t retracted back enough. Many pros will touch or even hold thei r opponent s shoulders as they move around their opponents. then you know how annoying it is to have to punch ar ound his forearms all the time. . Defensively. you could just extend the h and and quickly push his face away. It s annoying and can frustrate an opponent because it limits his punching options and can even prevent him from coming in. You can punch with the same hand that touched or use the other hand.