A southpaw fighter uses the opposite stance of a right-handed fighter, with the right foot and right arm forward, in a mirror image of the orthodox stance used by the majority of right-handed fighters. If you are left-handed or if you are preparing to eliminate a southpaw fighter, it’s worth practicing a few of the scenarios and approaches that come into play whenever opposite-handed opponents step into the ring.
The Lead Right Jab
One of the most effective ways a southpaw boxer can control an orthodox opponent is to make use of a lead right jab then quickly move farther to the right. In response, the opponent will be forced a little off-balance and will be rendered unable to return the jab with his own right-hand man. Instead, the southpaw can counter-punch simply inside of the challenger’s leading right hand.
Lead Hand Block
While the orthodox fighter usually dedicates little attention or time to blocking with the lead hand, the southpaw has to exercise the action regularly due to the fact that it ends up being important to defending against the majority of challengers. To do the block effectively, rotate your body somewhat clockwise, initiating the swiveling movement with your front right foot. As you turn, swing your forearm 90 degrees counter-clockwise with the palm open to receive your challenger’s blow. Keep your arm muscles engaged, but not stiff, to ensure that you block the challenger’s strike. As boxing analyst Fran Sands encourages at Myboxingcoach.com, never let your arm swing too far beyond the zone instantly in front of you. Otherwise, rather of protecting, you’ll open up holes in other places in your defense.
Tactics for Fighting Southpaws
If you are an orthodox fighter preparing to combat a southpaw, some extra preparation may be essential to get rid of the one advantage your opponent already has. While you are unaccustomed to combating southpaws, your southpaw competitor is currently knowledgeable about orthodox boxers. Prepare yourself to combat a ‘mirror image’ of your stance. For instance, keep your lead foot outside their lead foot to create range from their left hand, the lead. Another strategy encouraged by fighter writer P.J. De Best is to let your southpaw opponent make the first action and reply to highlight your strengths as you typically would, whether you are a range fighter or an in-fighter.
Fighting Southpaws: Moves
If you’ve time before your next fight versus a southpaw, practice the steps that typically link best with southpaw fighters, such as the straight right-hand man. The left hook is another ideal action, best when carried out to counter your southpaw challenger’s jab. Making use of the left hook versus a southpaw has the fringe benefit of remaining you in an easily defensible position.