View Full Version : Conventional or Southpaw


Mr. Untouchable
09-24-2004, 07:59 PM
I am 27 and I have been a serious boxing fan or 15 yrs, but I was always encouarged to play footbal and run track, but I love to hit people and I belive that I possess great power in my right hand and good power in my left. I want to train and box just to become a better fighter, get in shape and work some frustration off, but I don't know which style I should use. I am right handed and can throw all the basic punches with both hands, but my foot work and defensive movement feels so much easier and natural from the southpaw stance...What do some of you with ring experience suggest?

BodysnatcherFan
09-24-2004, 08:05 PM
I am 27 and I have been a serious boxing fan or 15 yrs, but I was always encouarged to play footbal and run track, but I love to hit people and I belive that I possess great power in my right hand and good power in my left. I want to train and box just to become a better fighter, get in shape and work some frustration off, but I don't know which style I should use. I am right handed and can throw all the basic punches with both hands, but my foot work and defensive movement feels so much easier and natural from the southpaw stance...What do some of you with ring experience suggest?

There are a lot of southpaws and it is disproportional to the amount of lefthanders overall. A lot of them have above average lead jabs and hooks, but lack power in their left cross.

patto1984
09-24-2004, 09:35 PM
Train in both stances. Y not? Then u can switch during sparring and confuse the **** outta ur opponent.

jack_the_rippuh
09-24-2004, 11:40 PM
Yeah...I'm trying to further gain power in my left cross...I too am a right handed south-paw simply because I don't know how to move as a righty...Even though my left hand isn't my power hand I got a mean rear hook...but like I said I would like to further develop my left cross.

rsl
09-25-2004, 01:06 AM
I am 27 and I have been a serious boxing fan or 15 yrs, but I was always encouarged to play footbal and run track, but I love to hit people and I belive that I possess great power in my right hand and good power in my left. I want to train and box just to become a better fighter, get in shape and work some frustration off, but I don't know which style I should use. I am right handed and can throw all the basic punches with both hands, but my foot work and defensive movement feels so much easier and natural from the southpaw stance...What do some of you with ring experience suggest? Have you had any formal boxing training at all? I'll have to assume no, if that's the case I say stick with the conventional stance, focus on the important aspects of training first and as you progress in your training ask your coach that you would like to try out some " new " things and work from there. My point is learn the trade first before you get into any of the 'cutesy' stuff. I hear where you are coming from though as far as feeling more natural w/ your "weak" side compared to your natural stance, I was like that when I first started. As I evolved as an amateur my trainer actually introduced me to some of the fancy stuff as well as the little dirty tactics (lol). I read on one of the posts about throwing off an opponent by switching stances, it does work, but if your competing in a novice level, it really doesn't matter, if your switching from left to right in a bout, 'cause your opponent recognizes it as the same thing and will just go on about his business of throwing wild punches(lol).

Mr. Untouchable
09-25-2004, 02:45 AM
Have you had any formal boxing training at all? I'll have to assume no, if that's the case I say stick with the conventional stance, focus on the important aspects of training first and as you progress in your training ask your coach that you would like to try out some " new " things and work from there. My point is learn the trade first before you get into any of the 'cutesy' stuff. I hear where you are coming from though as far as feeling more natural w/ your "weak" side compared to your natural stance, I was like that when I first started. As I evolved as an amateur my trainer actually introduced me to some of the fancy stuff as well as the little dirty tactics (lol). I read on one of the posts about throwing off an opponent by switching stances, it does work, but if your competing in a novice level, it really doesn't matter, if your switching from left to right in a bout, 'cause your opponent recognizes it as the same thing and will just go on about his business of throwing wild punches(lol).

No I don't have any formal boxing training. I am trying to getthe basics down so that I don't look stupid when I enter a gym and say that I want to train. I spend a lot of time working the heavy bag, speedbag and double end bag. I am just making sure I am not wasting my time by doing the same amount of work from both sides.

cms
12-06-2004, 05:32 PM
I have heard that switching isnt the best thing to do just because its like being 2 people. you prob wont have the same style you have when ur Southpaw from when ur orthodox because of your hand power speed for both of them. so you must change your style if you want all of your fighting to be efficient with both styles, my opinion and some others

elveiel
12-06-2004, 05:53 PM
Train in both stances. Y not? Then u can switch during sparring and confuse the **** outta ur opponent.

Yeah, i switch and its a really good tool!!

My coach wont let me switch against some of the lesser fighters because it confuses them too much. :p

elveiel
12-06-2004, 05:59 PM
I have heard that switching isnt the best thing to do just because its like being 2 people. you prob wont have the same style you have when ur Southpaw from when ur orthodox because of your hand power speed for both of them. so you must change your style if you want all of your fighting to be efficient with both styles, my opinion and some others

I havent had any problems, most of the time i change style when i switch but thats just because i like to confuse the opponent, if i want to i can fight exactly the same in both stances.

blockburna944
12-06-2004, 09:51 PM
Unless your defense is fundamentally sound from your non-natural stance, a good fighter can easily expose flaws in it.
But if you can do the fundamentals from both stances it can be a powerful weapon.
I recommend learning fighting from your natural stance and then developing the other stance after you have pretty much mastered the first.

boxer2k5
12-06-2004, 09:55 PM
southpaw

i jsut feel more comfortable and i have mroe faith in leading with my right than my left

cms
12-08-2004, 11:14 PM
I like to be orthodox but i am decent with southpaw also

boxer2k5
12-09-2004, 08:45 AM
i try orthodox but i feel like a klitschko so awkward

it feels like im writing scrpit with my left hand

realtim
12-09-2004, 01:28 PM
The great surar ray robinson was a natural southpaw but he changed. Watevers natural to u.

Hunna
12-10-2004, 12:52 PM
switch footman, you cant help it if you feel good in both stances. you just gotta know when to change your stance with different style fighters.

cmason
12-15-2004, 08:25 AM
i started off southpaw because i'm left handed and it just felt more natural. but after a while i started to train in the orthadox way and i found i had alot more power this way, but my jab was weaker, but i persevered and now my jab is the same with both hands. my hand and foot speed are still better southpaw. my advice would be to try both stances and see which is more comfortable.

Floydmayweather
01-06-2005, 02:01 AM
I am a natural southpaw but sometimes i go to orthodox just to mix it up and in a fight in really throws your oppenent off.

Mr. Untouchable
01-06-2005, 02:28 AM
I am right handed and I like coming from the southpaw style against bigger oppenents, because I am a lot faster and can beat them to the punch from any angle that way, but I feel much more powerful fighting orthodox against someone closer to my own size

ShotgunSeanK
01-06-2005, 07:44 AM
If I were you Id just get into the gym ASAP, thats the way forward

realheavyhands
08-23-2005, 10:33 PM
The great surar ray robinson was a natural southpaw but he changed. Watevers natural to u.

who else heard this..anybody got proof

boxer2k5
08-23-2005, 10:47 PM
[QUOTE=Mr. Untouchable] but I love to hit people QUOTE]

your girl dont count

Manny_P
08-23-2005, 11:37 PM
personally I think it's stoopid to turn southpaw. Ya, yer jabs get a lot betta, but you don't got a powerful follow up to drop anybody.

r_snowrider
08-25-2005, 11:19 PM
I am a left handed southpaw, and although you have many advantages in the ring, getting the training you need can be hard. Coaches often are inexperianced with training southpaws. Doing mitts comes to mind as well a counterpunching. Many guys don't want to spar with you because they want to be prepared for a right hander. I feel like I had to be a southpaw, but if I was unsure in the beginning I would go conventional. But if you really feel comfortable in both. Be a guy that can switch it up.

r_snowrider
08-25-2005, 11:24 PM
I don't quite understand the logic of "if you southpaw you can't follow up" It's equal both ways, explain to me how it's different? Unless you just mean a righthander going southpaw. That's a different story and I can agree with you. But knockin people out ain't everything, movement counts for a lot. You have to be in position before you can land a knockout punch. If your right-handed, go right. Unless you feel real comfortable the other way. And the opposite is true for a lefty.

jack_the_rippuh
08-27-2005, 10:12 AM
[QUOTE=Mr. Untouchable] but I love to hit people QUOTE]

your girl dont count


Heh..
I think you got him confused with TriggerHappy.
That's the board's woman beater.

GreenTea
08-29-2005, 08:06 AM
I think that if you feel better to fight orthodox against the guys of your own size,then you are an arthodox. In the ring youŽll face only guys who are approximately your size, not so much taller or smaller. The big guys you mentioned youŽll face never ( in the ring I mean ).

I think that it isnŽt wise to fight as a southpaw if you are an orthodox, because in my opinion youŽll give the advantage to your opponent. You are much more vulnerable if you do so. Maybe you can cheet your opponent but at the same time you risk your own healthy.

Anyway it is wise to train occasionally as a southpaw even if you are an orthodox. By doing so you improve your muscles more equally than training only as an orthodox. The Couple of rounds in every training is good to owe for the wrong handed tarining.