“There’s nothing cool about taking punishment, getting beat up, getting a bloody lip and getting a check!”
One of the best ways to wear out your opponent in boxing is to make him miss with his punches. Most amateur fighters have bad intentions with every punch they throw and if they miss their target, they’re sapping a lot of energy from their body. So, in order to make them miss, we’ve got to learn some tips on slipping punches with as little effort on our part as possible so we can save our energy.
Besides, nothing looks as good as making your opponent miss wildly and you countering with a precise knockout punch!
How to slip punches – Defensive Boxing Tips
- Slipping punches is rather easy but there are certain aspects of it that the professional fighters do that have motives behind them that aren’t apparent to a novice or inexperienced fighter.
- For one, when a fighter slips a punch, he slips it just enough to let the punch clear his head, no further.
- A professional fighter recognizes what punch is the best counter punch to throw when he slips a punch.
Slipping a punch doesn’t require a fighter to shift his weight backwards, they stay in their boxing stance to be in the best defensive position.
Slip smoothly, confidently and effectively
One of the best positions to be in while boxing so that you can punch and your opponent will have a difficult time punching effectively is outside of your opponents shoulder. When you are outside your opponents shoulder, he would have to turn his body in order to punch effectively.
With that in mind, while in your boxing stance, have a friend practice with you or practice in front of mirror the tips I’m going to explain to you. As your friend (or imagine your friend) throws his jab at you slowly, shift your head and upper torso to the side, just enough to make the punch miss and that will put you outside your opponents shoulder.
If your opponent is an orthodox fighter, you’ll want to slip to your right as he jabs and to your right if he is a southpaw.
You will do the opposite for when your opponent throws their cross.
When boxing, one of the most important things to do is to watch every aspect of your opponent. A lot of trainers will tell their novice fighters to watch their opponents chest and move according to how the chest muscles flex when their opponent throws a punch.
The problem with that is advanced fighters will feint their punches and you may be reacting to the feint and get caught with whatever comes behind it.
- When I spar or fight, I look at every little detail about my opponent:
- When he moves, is he off balance?
- How is his weight balanced?
- Does he drop his hands when he throws a punch?
- Do his eyes give off his intentions (will be covered in advanced section)?
Is he squaring up as he moves?
All of these things require attention to the entire body of your opponent, not just his chest. When up close, the development of your peripheral vision becomes that much more important in your defense, so keep practicing slipping punches and you’ll soon develop amazing peripheral vision.
Remember, in boxing, you can’t hit what you can’t see! Start slipping punches perfectly and stay pretty!