How to Beat a Taller Boxer

One of the counters to a good knee strike is movement around the ring. Muay Thai Student on May 9, at 5: Looking forward to your response! Specific Drills to Practice to Prepare you for the Taller Opponent

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Learning to Counter Strike

Left-handed or southpaw fighters use a mirror image of the orthodox stance, which can create problems for orthodox fighters unaccustomed to receiving jabs, hooks, or crosses from the opposite side. The southpaw stance , conversely, is vulnerable to a straight right hand. North American fighters tend to favor a more balanced stance, facing the opponent almost squarely, while many European fighters stand with their torso turned more to the side. The positioning of the hands may also vary, as some fighters prefer to have both hands raised in front of the face, risking exposure to body shots.

Modern boxers can sometimes be seen tapping their cheeks or foreheads with their fists in order to remind themselves to keep their hands up which becomes difficult during long bouts. Boxers are taught to push off with their feet in order to move effectively. Forward motion involves lifting the lead leg and pushing with the rear leg.

Rearward motion involves lifting the rear leg and pushing with the lead leg. During lateral motion the leg in the direction of the movement moves first while the opposite leg provides the force needed to move the body. Cross — in counter-punch with a looping. Blocking with the arms. Cover-Up with the gloves. All fighters have their own variations to these styles. Some fighters may have their guard higher for more head protection while others have their guard lower to provide better protection against body punches.

Many fighters don't strictly use a single position, but rather adapt to the situation when choosing a certain position to protect them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Archived from the original on IBRO — via coxscorner. It's a Style Thing! A Little Like Tyson". It is important though to not switch off. The edge of range in boxing is a massively important concept in boxing.

As a fighter being able to perceive your distant to the opponent down to the inch will enable you to avoid their punches and land your own with a much greater success rate. This is the furthest point from you opponent at which you can land your shots. The shots we are talking about here are jabs, straight back hands, long range uppercuts and hooks.

Boxers, certainly in the amateur code, spend the majority of their time at the edge of range and long range, switching between the two to deliver big hits to the opponent. I like to view mid range as being the distance of your extended upper arm out to long range.

This means that you can extend mid range hooks and uppercuts to gradually evolve into long range punches. This is a vital concept in building your combinations. Close range is anything from the tip of your nose out to the length of your extended upper arm. The shorter the shots the fewer openings you leave in your own protection. Again, short range punches may graduate into mid range punches. A very simple 90 Second Boxing Tip that will help you think in a structured way about your position in relation to your opponent.

As a writer, I was wondering… have you, or would you ever consider training an actor for a boxing movie? Training with a speed bag is an excellent training tool to develop your speed and rapid striking. Possesing the ability to glide inside and outside the fighting range with ease. Study the art of counter-striking.

Practice combinations of blows to confuse your opponent. Throw a fake strike followed up by a real strike. Throw a fake left punch to the head then strike him with a real right punch in the solar plexus. Experiment with combination of strikes. The purpose of faking strikes is to distract the attention of the opponent, to deceive and divert his coordination, focus, timing, and concentration. By closing the gap and space by clinching , the bigger opponent will be unable to throw their longer arm, while you are using your advantage by striking on the inside range, throwing short powerful blows.

Always keep in mind that size really does matter. A bigger opponent can inflict much damage because of heavier, stronger blows. But having a strategy and brains is much more important. If he is bigger than you, you must be wiser than him. The main prerequisite is to be sure that you can surpass his skills and possess better fighting techniques. Having skills equal with his is not enough, because he has the edge and advantage. You must have the proper range adjustment against a taller opponent.

Taking advantage of your shorter range and to lessen, neutralizing his leverage by closing the gap. Never be on his reaching range. Body striking is very important to remember in fighting. The solar plexus is a vital target. Because of the upward direction of the blow, the visceral sensitivity to pain will cause a very great damage and shock. When it is injured, it delivers a painful signal to the brain which causes partial paralysis, shortness of breath and unbearable pain.

I easily overpower anybody my height due to mass, but taller guys — who I typically spar with — have 3 to 7 inches on me and pick me off with a jab. At this point, you need to build a ton of leg strength and quickness of feet. I suggest lots of sprint-work, lower-body plyometrics, and at least 30minutes of jumping rope everytime before you work out. You should be doing footwork all day. Nothing else matters at this point, in my opponent.

Without knowing anything about his fighting style, I would guess that you have to figure out a way to get him to lift his arms.

Hit him in the head and bait him into countering so he lifts his arms. You can pin his arms down all day and mix in a few free shots to his head. And if you do, try to push him off balance without losing your own balance.

When you slip or lean in, make sure you keep your legs under you. The moment your head is leaning over too far, it will be easy for him to crush you. You also have to use your footwork to cut around him on the inside. Hey i was wondering what your thoughts were on counter fighting against a bigger guy?

Otherwise, you get tired easily using these tactics. Boxing the tall guys is tough. The moment you slip once, come in with 3 punches. Much more efficient and less tiring. And when you finish punching…. Bring your elbows down to pin their arms under your arm pits and then hang your weight on their arms to make them carry you.

What would you say is more important: Also, would you have any tips for using such an advantage against a taller opponent? If you got long arms, focus on that. I have long arms too and I use it to throw lots of annoying flicker jabs, wide hooks that converted into clinches. Lots of body punching and long right hand leads with a slight arc. Have a trainer chase you around the ring and throw the at you non-stop. In terms of reach, it can be easier to punch to the body than to the head.

Do you think this qualifies as getting underneath him? Is this too close? Yes… putting your head on his chest is definitely one way to get into him. The key is to try and be the fighter on the outside.

When you get close, you should feel like you are an outside ring surrounding your opponent. Johnny N, just came across your site via googleing fighting against a taller fighter.

YOU are an incredible teacher! I now weigh lbs and will go down to lbs. But my fighting days are over. Just interesting to read your tips and especially your competence and sensitivity towards those asking for advice. Thanks much for your patience and ability to help others. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story, Steven.

Good luck to you in all your endeavors outside the ring. I think it revolves around trying to gain a postional advantage to launch your punches and stay away from your opponent power hand getting him onto your right side and facing him at a perfect angle by turning your shoulders away from him. I am only used to fighting and sparring shorter fighters which is where i am most dominant.

The other day though i had a gym spar with a taller oponant, I was quicker, stronger better technically and my evasion was incredible compared to his. Yet he was still easily beating me. Sometimes people will beat you on style, it happens.

My landing punches percentage would have been heaps higher because i made him miss a lot. Could me waiting for him and being kind of lazy be what gace him the edge over me? You can try being more aggressive. When I stay outside he rushes me and I end up on the ropes eating shots….

When he gets on top of you, explode up with your shoulders keep your hips under you and lift him off his balance. Fighting tall guys is always a nightmare. I would also attack his body more by throwing some shots to his head first. Well Johnny things went well tonight I even dropped him in the 2nd wit a nice jab feint and a big right hand body shot…I gased in the 3rd but I done a lot better than before and would prob got a draw if that was our fight, all in all pleased with my performance.

The articles are great thanks for the help. I read the article and like everytime great analysis who comes out from experience. Have a few questions. Have my first sparring fight yesterday in the heavyweight. My opponent was maybe 1. He has already some sparring fights.

Everytime I try to get inside in the area of mid and short distance I was bombarded with combos of 3 punches a time. Dont know where they come from. The punches was strong but they was ok for me to take them after keep moving. He was waiting for me to make the first movement, to be honest I land maybe one jab.

Other mistakes I see was that after I go in and one quick and hard punch comes from him I dont see the other 1 2 he throws. My other mistake was that I dont throw the correct jab like my trainer show me before, was a jab which the head, little bit the body and the hip make a turn to the right.

I was dissapointing and dissapointed of what I do. But I am happy that I know what I must make better and to fight in two weeks again. In order of this experience can you write some things I can train, try and learn? Is the heavyweight ok for me? The most of the opponents I meet there in future be stronger and taller. I have power in my punch too and quickness, the problem was I didnt land any clear punches in the time he was bombarding me and even before: In the gym I make sparring with one super heavy guy he is much taller and heavier and I see that I can.

Fighting an guy in gym sparring who is 2m and weight 97kg is something else go in the ring and spar with an experinced heavyweight who is not much taller but of strong construction. Your fighting weight should be whatever you feel comfortable at. Train hard and lose all the fat weight from your body and you will know your true fighting weight. I think being 88 kgs in the heavyweight division is a bit too light.

Amateurs might be doable considering that it often turns into a game of tag and then your height and relative fitness I assume this because your mass is quite small for heavyweight. I dont knocked down and take much hard combos, I dont have experience and most of the time I start training was I train a totally different stance, friday I go after 3 weeks to training make sparring and Saturday was the fights.

This day shows me my trainer the right stance for this situation and corrects me. At all I was bad mabe my movement was acceptable but nothing else. But if someone is about lbs and in fighting shape they should have no problem competing with someone a mere 5lbs heavier especially if the pounder is just carrying around useless weight. A super fit pounder could easily beat someone in the lb range, even if the guy is more like by fight time.

Look at Rocky Marciano or Jack Dempsey. Ok thank you, what you write makes me happy cause I want stay in the heavy, at time I beginn training my trainer say I can try 77 or 81 kg kategory, I was this time at 80kg thats why I practice more a taller and open stance, know I am 88kg and not real fit, have big stomach and the other parts of the body are athletic: Think need practice and go every day to train. I try to study the style of this legends.

My trainer has experience he comes from former Sovjet Union school of boxing was Ukrainian champion and start there coaching, he is aa real boxing teacher, the bad thing is we have training with him only two times the week. I stay and continue training, the only thing that holds me on the ground is my age, in some months I be 25 but I feel very good and want really learn boxing not only in sparring and the gym but in the ring. I work my jab, and this with the 2 inch forward jump jab I like cause I like jump arround and jabing.

I see stay on the ground and waiting to conter is also important, must find the golden rule of my game between this two. My movement is good but its to much and often unneseccary, I read your articles, train, look boxing matches and understand some things more everytime. I have another question, we train 2 times a week with a trainer who grows up and learn boxing in the Sowietunion, his techniques and this boxing style is amazing for me.

Its sad thats only two times the week and only for beginners, before one year was starting, we are some people who train often and as I see he systematically build us. Not so fast as grupps who are with many competition and real hard training 3 — 4 times a week, but is a clear up to see in all of us.

The most trainers here in Germany except them who come from the Ex Sowjetunion or them who are old trainers from east Germany have the west German style, who personally I dont find so impressive, its more statical and not with much body movement and counters. To my question, I find a link with east european style technics, can you look and say what is to note for me, in 91 kg kategory, things like the stance, exampe I see that his right food is not much behind the front and even his stance is not so wide to feel presure at the hipps.

This is very similar to the style we train at the gym. As I note american style is also interesting cause you have old influences, experiences and many different techniques and solution for every punch and situation.

I really do not like the demonstration shown in the video. The style might be ok for a beginner but not recommended for the advanced fighter. If it feels good for you then great but I think you can find better examples to mimic. When I am in the right shape, its somewhere around lbs.

Use what you have and make it work! There have been great fighters of many different sizes and shapes. Boxes for a few years. All this is true. My method was simply let him fall to rythm in round 1 and use footwork to get out of range, then it was about picking the right time to engage.

Or am I getting into real injury trouble. I use lots of body shots and have good strength but I always end up lumped up with shiners on both sides and he just complains about his ribs. Someone tell me what to do exactly please.

I read all this but easier said than done. How do I get my confidence and put fear aside. I want courage and I had it but injury now seems to be more than pain. Time lost, money, recovery and loss of strength, speed and endurance is holding me back. Should I just walk away and find something else? Just need some good words to put me on track. Were all alone in the match. No one but you can fight for you.

I think isaid too much crap. I think my days are over and I need to walk away. This site is great! I wish I found it sooner.

Wish I could be a member at a boxing gym and get all the right stuff trained. Maybe in another life. You all seem like great fighters and I wish my upbringing got me to be on your level.

Take a break and respect your abilities. JoKnut N Great advice! I do run around alot and he really does barely step to get to me. You have to move in a way that makes him move, then rush him when his feet are in motion. Or you have to learn how to throw a hard jab to the body that can push him off balance. When your fighting a taller person do you try and reach for their face or do you basically stick to body shots?

I imagine mid-range to be somewhere between being at full extension of the arms and inside-fighting. Finding a way to defend and counter those hooks would be a good idea. I happened to take notice to the fact that the How to beat a shorter boxer guide is 10x longer and more detailed than the How to beat a taller boxer guide.