How to effectively anticipate boxing moves?
At the highest level of boxing, professional boxers often have an incredible defense. They are able to block and counter most punches with great efficiency. And in case an opponent’s attack passes, they perform a head movement, which allows them to drag the punches to reduce the impact.
It is an essential part of your defensive skills. As a boxer, the goal of the game is to touch and not be touched. It is the art of . If you work hard enough, your ability to slip and avoid punches will improve considerably.
The best thing to do to anticipate punches is to be able to train. By combining a constant head movement, an excellent footwork, reflexes and a vision of combat, you too can acquire the ability to anticipate punches and reduce the damage you take.
At your current level, you may need to pay attention to certain aspects of boxing to improve your anticipation of punches. We have established a list of four very important points to be careful with. Once you have started training on these aspects of your boxing, you will no doubt see a sharp increase in your anticipation.
Pay attention to the positioning of the feet
If you are a beginner in boxing, you may not realize it, but there is a constant battle for positioning the feet. Whoever wins this battle, generally delivers his attack more fluidly and has a higher touch rate.
The general rule is that you must keep your head foot (front foot) positioned outside your opponent’s head foot. This will allow you to be in a position of strength to punch, and have a good chance of reaching the intended target. It also allows you to maintain a good center of balance, and even better absorb the punches.
Remember, however, that your opponent will also fight for the header position. This is why the fight is constant, and lasts the entire duration of each fight. If you notice that your opponent wins the battle for the position of the foot, then his combinations are not far away.
The better you understand how the positioning of the feet works, the easier it will be for you to anticipate the blows of your opponent.
Understand the framing of your opponent
You have certainly heard your coach say “frame your opponent”. Indeed, framing is very important in boxing and understanding it well can help you defend yourself. When two boxers face each other, their bodies face and the line of strike for your shots is perfect. Direct shots and combinations are usually worn when framing is done. This increases the chances of touching.
To defend yourself against an adversary’s attack, you must constantly move away from its framing, in order to reduce the key rate. When your body is out of the framing, you are outside the danger zone. Even if the punches hit, they won’t do the same damage as if you were framed.
This is why boxers always learn to move at an angle. And it’s not just for defensive purposes. By moving in angles and moving away from your opponent’s framing, you will be able to more easily dodge your opponent’s attacks.
Once you have acquired control and have grasped your opponent’s framing, you can better anticipate punches.
Identify trends and habits
There is no fundamentally perfect boxer. Everyone makes mistakes in the ring. The best, however, limit their mistakes, which offer very few openings and punching possibilities.
If you can identify the trends and bad habits of your opponents in the ring, you can take better advantage of these openings.
In attack, it’s similar. There are certain tendencies and habits of your opponents when it comes to punching. If you can identify these subtle clues, you can better anticipate when their punches arrive.
For example, some boxers like to punch a certain distance. By identifying this distance, you can anticipate when they will attack once they have reached this distance. Other minute details, such as clipping the elbows before punching, or lowering the guard, are all very important when it comes to deciphering the rhythm of a particular opponent.
Of course, your ability to make the necessary adjustments is crucial in this regard.
Control the distance
Last but not least, you can improve your anticipation of the punch by better controlling the distance. When you control distance and rhythm, you can manipulate the offensive performance of your opponents.
If an opponent likes to operate inside and is a fighter who is constantly putting pressure, you can control the distance by staying outside the strike zone, using your jab to thwart any attempt to close the gap. At the same time, you can move away from the powerful blows of your opponent, by reducing their effect, while triggering rapid and powerful counterattacks as a deterrent.
Likewise, if an opponent prefers to act from the outside, you can control the distance by working to get closer. Always go behind your coveralls to avoid damage.
Using your ring intelligence, you can discern what your opponent’s optimal offensive range is, and make a constant effort to stay out of it.
By controlling the distance, you can see the punches coming before your opponents even throw them.