5 Tips for Improving Boxing Footwork

Footwork drills develop fluid movement around the boxing ring, maintaining a position to attack, evading an opponent’s punches and dictating the pace of the fight. Correct foot movement assists in maintaining balance and stability when both attacking and defending with effective speed and power. A boxer needs to move quickly into an opponent’s space, score with a punch or combination of punches and then move out of range.

Basic footwork drills:

  • Advancing (moving forward)
  • Retreating (moving backward)
  • Lateral Movement (moving left and right)
  • Pivoting

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5 Tips how to improve your boxing combos skills

A series of punches thrown nonstop in succession without break in between is commonly known as a combination.

Being a boxing coach watching many rounds of sparring and bouts, I notice boxers place emphasis on scoring with single power punches to knockout an opponent. This is fine if an opponent offers little resistance and is easily hit. But if an opponent had decent ring skills, this would will fatigue a boxer over several rounds becoming vulnerable to counterattacks, resulting from being off balance, and out of position eventually losing the bout.

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8 Benefits of Skipping Rope Training in Boxing

Skipping rope training is beneficial for a boxer’s fitness level along with improving body mechanics and coordination. Noticeable short term benefits include cardio respiratory fitness, muscle strength and endurance.

Include skipping rope training to a boxing workout for developing vital skills required for sparring and competition such as:

  1. Balance
  2. Timing and rhythm
  3. Coordination
  4. Footwork
  5. Agility
  6. Conditioning
  7. Low Impact on Joints
  8. Cardio

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