View Full Version : A few questions from a beginner

08-25-2011, 01:14 PM
Im now boxing for 4 weeks and im really lovin it just like most people out here. I was a verry good soccer(yes soccer) player in the netherlands untill i got injured. Mine knee ligaments were ripped and i needed to recover for almost 18 months. Mine knee never felt the same so i stoped soccer.

After a few years i wanted to do something again and i choose for boxing. Now i have a few questions , i train 5 times a week in the boxing gym and i learn real fast. But to be honest i still dont have a clue if i am a southpaw or righthandend. Mine trainer says to focus me on one side , and i can hit a little harder with mine righthand. But i sparred the first time this week on monday against a boxer who was training for about 1,5 year and i got pretty beat up ( i lost , im still in one piece) . The biggest problem for me was that mine legs were getting really tired and i slowed down. Yesterday i sparred the same guy and i whooped hiss ass. The diffrence was that in the first round i started with mine left leg infront and start hitting from that position. In the second round mine leg was getting tired again so i started to switch from left infront to right infront and he was getting confused so i start hitting him allot.

No finally mine question is should i just focus on one position or just train both, i search almost 300 pages on this forum and couldnt find an anwser so maybe its a stupid question but i would like to know. When i played soccer i was using also both mine legs only there its easier.

I hope u understand the question,

Thanks anyway

08-25-2011, 01:23 PM
I used to spar a lot and train in boxing. From my experience it's always good to focus on one stance, master the stance, and develop it. After you've done that you can experiment with the opposite side which adds dimensions to your style. As far as your legs getting tired,usually it was my back leg that got tired more so than my lead leg and that mostly has to do with the fact that you're pushing off that leg while throwing punches. Doing legs exercises that focus on endurance will fix this problem.

08-25-2011, 01:29 PM
I would say stick with orthodox(right hand) your legs will get stronger and you will be able to fight right handed the entire fight. Maybe for now just concentrate on right handed until you get better .then if you feel like you want to learn to fight southpaw .

08-25-2011, 01:49 PM
Sergio Martinez, one of the best boxers in the world, was a soccer play.

it sounds like you are an orthodox stance. Left foot and hand in front. You should look up boxing stance on youtube though so you can see what it looks likes. you can also experiment to see which feels most comfortable.

08-25-2011, 01:56 PM
focus on ONE thing. either southpaw or orthodox. dont do both.

try to figure out where you feel more comfortable. do shadow boxing for a few rounds in the southpaw and then orthodox. then you should know what feels more natural.