In boxing, offense is the best defense. That is why this combat sport focuses on delivering the most lethal punches possible. But of course, a boxer would not be able to throw powerful punches at all times. That would be exhausting. That is why he should also be well-versed with a number of defensive techniques. Are you planning to learn boxing soon? Here are some defensive techniques you should be familiar with.
• Basic guarding – The basic guard requires the fists to be placed close to the face. The fists would act as guards against incoming jabs and straights. This position also allows the arms to block uppercuts directed to the chin. However, it leaves your sides as well as your diaphragm very vulnerable. Thus, the boxer might want to change the position of his fists from time to time to protect his sides as well.
• Punch catching – Catching a punch is also another technique used by very experienced boxers. It is like catching a baseball with a glove. But the boxer should never stretch his arms to catch the punch. This is mainly used for jabs because it is somehow ineffective against power straights. Catching a punch can be quite tricky and that is why it requires constant practice.
• Punch parrying – Parrying a punch is also another popular technique. Not only does parrying deflect punches but it also leaves the attacker vulnerable to a counterpunch. The best boxers at punch parrying are usually the ones that deliver the most decisive blows in a boxing match. In fact, a successful parrying would most likely end up in a knockout.
• Slipping the head – The head is the number one target of a boxer’s opponent. That is why it should be protected at all times. Allowing the head to take serious punches would be very bad for the receiving boxer. Not only would he lose focus after a well-landed blow but constant punches might also cause his eyes to swell and prevent him from seeing his opponent. That is why the head must be moved from side to side.
• Slipping the body – Slipping is not just about good head movement. It also involves body movement. A good boxer must be very skilled at leaning from side to side. Since his arms are usually busy throwing punches or defending the head, the body is usually left vulnerable. Successful body slips allows a boxer not only to avoid punches but also to prepare for hooks or even lethal uppercuts.
• Clinching – When a boxer gets very tired during the fight, he has the option to clinch to his opponent. Clinching is also a resort whenever a boxer is taking up too much beating and just needed a few seconds of rest. However, this should be used in moderation because referees might disqualify those who clinch too much.
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