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#254745 - 05/16/06 08:42 PM boxing footwork help
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I am interested in trying to learn the "switch steps" (for lack of a better term) that muhammed ali did before he would strike. i have been boxing for quite awhile and have kind a neglected my footwork (i have basics down but never bothered to expound upon them). only now i am seeing what a huge difference competent footwork could do to actually fake out and confuse opponents. any advice or training tips would be much appreciated. if it helps any i can box equally as well in southpaw and orthodox.
thank you in advance for your time and consideration,
bob

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#254746 - 05/17/06 02:32 AM Re: boxing footwork help [Re: formless]
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Are you talking about switch-hitting? As in going for orthodox to southpaw?

Ali is probably the worst guy to learn from. Great great boxer, but utterly unique. Broke many of the moulds in boxing (hands low, relying mostly on head movement to avoid shots).

If you want to see guys who could switch hit, check out Shane Moesly and Marvin Hagler. Much more accessible boxers to learn from.
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#254747 - 05/17/06 09:58 AM Re: boxing footwork help [Re: Prizewriter]
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thanks alot prizewriter ill do just that
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#254748 - 05/17/06 01:53 PM Re: boxing footwork help [Re: formless]
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Here is a clip of Marvellous Marv:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJvS9GIBWGc&search=hagler

Watch for the fifth round. Notice how he spends most of his time in an orthodox stance. It the third and fourth round, he spent most of time in a southpaw stance.

At the start of the fifth, when he catches Ray with a left hook, notice that as he throws the hook, his leg follows his punch, i.e. his left leg moves from the back to the front. Marv often changed stance in this way, by throwing a punch then letting his leg come round with it.

Try it at home. Start in an orthodox stance, and throw a left jab, straight right combo. Keep on your toes. Then throw the same combo again, only this time as you throw the right, move your right foot into the lead position.

The other thing I use to do for footwork is the Cardinal point exercise. Start in an orthodox stance, keep on your toes, and imagine where you are facing is NORTH on a compass. Then bounce round 90 degrees clockwise, so you would now be facing EAST. Try and make sure when you land, you land in your stance, that you don't have to adjust your feet to get your stance again.

Now go another 90 degrees clockwise to face SOUTH, and again to face WEST. When you get to WEST, move 90 degrees -counter-clockwise to face SOUTH, but this time as you bounce round, try to land in a southpaw stance. Go counter-clockwise again to face EAST, and again, land in a southpaw stance.

Do this exercise a couple of times. Its very good for footwork, switch-hitting, and balance. It may seem silly at first, but Olympic Squads still use it to this day.

Sorry if it is hard to understand the exercises from my description. Any questions let me know.
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#254749 - 05/20/06 04:30 AM Re: boxing footwork help [Re: Prizewriter]
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Wasnt Tyson quite succesfull with switch-hitting or would you just call it hes style to lunge forward?
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#254750 - 05/20/06 03:38 PM Re: boxing footwork help [Re: Gula]
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Not to say that Tyson didn't change is stance, but I don't think he did it on a regular basis. Lot damage done with his left hook, so Orthodox favoured him. Though he had a bit of power in his right too!

Old Marv though was bonafide ambidexter.
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