View Full Version : How to Jab


tyson
02-13-2005, 02:05 PM
Watching different fights, you always hear the commentator say "He's got one of the best jabs in boxing.."

But what exactly is a great jab?
A jab that knocks the other guys head back?
Or maybe a long, reaching jab that taps on the top of the head?
What's your take on this? What is a perfect jab, and how do you throw it?
Please give some referanses to fighters, so you can demonstrate what you mean...

They say Lewis' jab is excellent, but he reaches, sticks his chin out, and drops his arm after the punch, so how can that be good?

Stickman
02-13-2005, 02:34 PM
Watching different fights, you always hear the commentator say "He's got one of the best jabs in boxing.."

But what exactly is a great jab?
A jab that knocks the other guys head back?
Or maybe a long, reaching jab that taps on the top of the head?
What's your take on this? What is a perfect jab, and how do you throw it?
Please give some referanses to fighters, so you can demonstrate what you mean...

They say Lewis' jab is excellent, but he reaches, sticks his chin out, and drops his arm after the punch, so how can that be good?

A good jab is thrown constantly, keeps the other fighter trying to avoid it, gives you a range marker, and sets up your power shots for you. That simple. It doesn't have to be hard, just thrown with at least some intent, thrown often, and with accuracy. The jab is what keeps the other guy occupied while you set about beating him. Rahman has a nice jab, Klitchko has an excellant jab, and uses it with great frequency, and is in large part his reason for success. Any fighter in history who had an excellant jab, and threw it often, was usually dominant in his division, at one time or another.

A shotgun jab is just an explosive jab that really hurts :D

Tha Greatest
02-13-2005, 02:56 PM
like Arturo Gatti ironicly had a good jab in his last fight

buff_mike10
02-13-2005, 07:23 PM
A jab is excellent for keeping a guy off that comes in constantly, and is also good for gettin a guy into punching range. Ali had the fastest jab in history, and i think Larry Holmes had the most powerful one. Larry has actually knocked guys down with his jab, he threw it from his hip and shocked alot of opponents.

rsl
02-13-2005, 08:04 PM
Why the jab? 1. It's a rangefinder 2. Set your powerpunches up 3. Use it as a distraction, or block his vision. What is a great jab? If you are able to do those 3 things mentioned above then you have a pretty good thing going and everything will be much easier. There are few fighters w/ exceptional athletic ability , but there's even less natural jabbers I can only think of 2 - 3 fighters who are naturals and that would be Tommy Hearns, Larry Holmes, and Junior " Poison " Jones. Some good ones are DLH, Bowe, Ali...

bobbyjones
02-13-2005, 08:46 PM
Why the jab? 1. It's a rangefinder 2. Set your powerpunches up 3. Use it as a distraction, or block his vision. What is a great jab? If you are able to do those 3 things mentioned above then you have a pretty good thing going and everything will be much easier. There are few fighters w/ exceptional athletic ability , but there's even less natural jabbers I can only think of 2 - 3 fighters who are naturals and that would be Tommy Hearns, Larry Holmes, and Junior " Poison " Jones. Some good ones are DLH, Bowe, Ali...


A jab can be powerful like Holmes or Lewis who could jsut decimate their opponents with their jabs.

Tha Greatest
02-13-2005, 10:20 PM
Sonny Liston would knock people OUT with his jab!!

a jab also ruins someones rhythym.

Someone comes to through a big combination at me, i pop the double jab, and their timing is off, then their MINE!!!!!!!! :eek:

Pugnacious_Z
02-14-2005, 07:37 AM
tyson knocked julius down with his jab

Eken
02-15-2005, 11:26 AM
I can only agree with what you other guys have already said. :)

jack_the_rippuh
02-15-2005, 03:07 PM
Maybe you should try throwing short stiff jabs first when you shadow box then try to open up with those rangy jabs...that helped me out.

Kid Achilles
02-15-2005, 09:05 PM
Watch film of Joe Louis Louis if you want to see one of the best jabs in boxing history. It had the lightning flash speed of Ali's and the head snapping power of Liston's combined.

The Italian Stallion
02-15-2005, 09:08 PM
Ali had a thunderous left jab