The Most Effective Boxing Combinations for Beginners
Dozens of punches are being thrown in training sessions. Some are powerful, and others are not. Most of these sequences are smooth from start to end. Other punches are awkward and affect the body’s natural mechanism. So, what boxing combinations can you apply that is very effective in defeating your opponent?
If you are new to boxing, you might have a hard time determining what makes a right combination. You are not sure what punches to put together to overpower your opponent. This guide is designed for beginners to help them craft their combinations. We have made a list of boxing combinations to outclass your opponent.
Double Jab Cross (1-1-2)
With this combination, you will be able to trick your opponent. The double jab cross is effective because your opponent could be expecting a 1-2 combo. Then, the second jab has a better chance of catching your opponent off guard and will give you opening for your big right hand. This combination is also perfect if your opponent is still waiting for your right cross to make your counter moves. Instead of making the usual 1-2, you will throw lots of jabs to test the waters until you caught him off guard and threw your right cross. This move is very effective since your opponent might have a hard time to anticipate your next move. Great boxers like Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao have used this combination.
Jab Cross Left Hook (1-2-3)
As the fight gets fun, your moves get even better. Shift your weight as you throw your right hand naturally to set the left hook up. The left hook is executed after your right cross and is powerful enough to hurt your opponent. Focus on his jaw or at his body. It doesn’t matter where you hit him; the left hook is very dangerous regardless of whether the right cross lands or not. It is a small punch that collects all the power from your base, focusing all the impact on your weight and momentum. After getting into the other guy’s guard with the 1-2, the hook is the best shot to strike him.
The Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto is known for his best-left hooks. He has displayed mastery on 1-2-3 combo throughout his career, and he sometimes focuses on the body with his left hook.
Jab Cross Hook Cross (1-2-3-2)
The 1-2-3-2 combination is throwing a left-right-left-right punches. The jab opens your challenger’s guard. Then make three powerful punch combo – right hand, left hook and right hand to complete the combination. If the three powerful punches hit the other guy successfully, there is nothing your opponent can do about it.
Expert boxers do not apply the same combinations again and again since their opponent can easily predict the next move. What they do is to try to throw more punches and create several powerful combos. They alter the focus, angle, and timing of their punches to succeed in beating their opponents.
Jab Cross Left Uppercut Cross (1-2-5-2)
This combination is similar to jab-cross-hook-cross combo except that instead of giving the other guy a left hook, execute something that he didn’t expect a left uppercut. This move will surprise your challenger since it is coming from a downward angle. If your opponent prefers to cover behind his high guard using his head in a downward position or if he chooses to attack, you can hit his head with the left uppercut so you can finish it off with the right hand
Jab with Right Uppercut and Left Hook and Straight Right (1-6-3-2)
If you start with 1-2 combo always, you will become too predictable. The other guy might move fast and try to escape your right hand. Or your opponent might anticipate a straight right hand and always on guard. In either case, making a right uppercut will surely do a lot of damage, and if he lifts his head up, you can follow up with a left hook then finish it with the right hand. Throw the right uppercut at the head or the body, it all depends on the situation. Just make sure you don’t get too predictable if you execute this because your head is vulnerable to jabs and damaging counter left hooks if you do that right uppercut.
Right Cross Left Hook-Right Cross (2-3-2)
There are instances where you do not have enough space to make a combination. If your opponent is too aggressive that is invading your space and constantly pressuring you; then it is impossible for you to start with the jab. Throw a right hand then follow it up with a left hook and finish with a powerful straight right. If you notice an opening, do not waste your time. Land those power punches right away. It is best to execute this combo at close range. Dig your feet and make sure it hurt.
Double Jab Cross Left Left Combo (1-1-2 with left uppercuts or double left hooks)
It applies the similar theory as the double jab cross but with left uppercuts or double left hooks. Don’t just execute the common left then right and left and right combo most of the time, your opponent can easily predict your next move, and he can easily block it. Make a left-right-left then another left-right instead that will switch the other guy as he tries to block the wrong side and you will hit him using the other hand.
Constant practice is the secret for a successful punch combination. One of the truest statements in almost all sports is the phrase “practice makes perfect”. Most of the greatest fighters in history have been popular to possess a great work ethic. They spend many hours in the gym mastering their moves.
To throw the best knockout punch, practicing it every day is a must. Even the world’s best boxers continue to hone their technique every day, in spite of reaching a high level. Practice makes boxers sharp and always ready to battle. Put on a pair of gloves and practices these combinations on a heavy bag. The more you practice, the more you master these combinations, the better you will become.