step by step boxing advice
Tips from former BBBofC British Super-Middleweight & WBF World Middleweight Champion – Cornelius Carr
Elbow blocking. A great way to stop body shots rather than being “not there” is to take the punches on your elbows. It is important to do this without dropping your hands too much, as you do not want to give your opponent a free shot at your head. When you receive the punch on your elbow, try and take the sting out, by moving your hips slightly away from the contact.
- Lower your elbow to protect your body.
- Make sure your guard does not drop.
- Swing the hips out slightly to soften the blow.
- Get ready to start countering.
- Don’t stay there taking the punches, counter or move as soon as you can.
A hard hit to the body can mean goodnight. They can be very powerful and painful hits. When learning to box, I think it is imperative to build up a good defence, to give yourself as many choices as possible. Using the elbows is a nice little move that can soften the blow from big body shots. It also leaves you in a good position to counter. Always remember when your opponent is throwing, he is also creating opening in his own defences, so always try and capitalise on this as much as you can. A good way to do this is in sparring or training with a compliant training partner. Get your opponent to throw the body punches and start looking at different counter opportunities that become available.
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