How to be a fighter – How to Be a Pressure Fighter

How to Be a Pressure Fighter

NO—this is NOT a guide about coming forward and throwing lots of punches.

Pressure fighting does not mean recklessly walking into your opponent’s punching range. It also does not mean tons of head movement. It also does not mean of machismo and mental determination. (Although I will admit, those things do help.)

For me, the “pressure” is more about psychological rather than physical. It’s not just about landing punches. It’s about making your opponent uncomfortable. Discomfort is what leads to rapid fatigue, strategic mistakes, and mental shutdown.

Learn how to pressure your opponents WITHOUT throwing punches!


1. What is a Pressure Fighter?

Mindset of a pressure fighter

Is a pressure fighter someone that keeps coming forward? Is it someone that keeps throwing punches? Is it someone who fights on the inside a lot? What are the qualities of a pressure fighter. More importantly…how does he think? What is he trying to do?

The pressure fighter is a non-stop force of aggression.

To me a pressure fighter is someone who is constantly aggressive. It’s not so much about being a person who keeps coming forward and throwing lots of punches…although those attributes are common, too. For me a REAL pressure fighter is someone who makes you react a lot. He makes you think a lot, he makes you move a lot. You can’t rest when you’re in there with him. There are no breaks, no rest periods, you’re constantly having to move, think, and respond to his actions.

Pressure is more psychological than physical. It’s not just about a guy throwing punches. It’s not so much about his physical aggression but rather his mental aggression. The challenge is not so much from seeing a non-stop punching machine in front of you but rather from understanding the intent of a man who will not stop coming until you quit. The greatest pressure of all is having to deal with your opponent’s non-stop aggressive INTENT!

To be a great pressure fighter,
you have to know how to pressure using more than just punches.


Pressure fighter VS Swarmer VS In-fighter VS Brawler

I’d say it’s careful to draw some distinctions between pressure fighters and other fighters who use a lot of pressure. I would say it’s common to find overlaps in styles/strategies and that it doesn’t matter so much how you describe a fighter’s style so much as how you understand the definition of the style.

  • Pressure fighter – fighter that puts lots of physical and/or mental pressure on opponents
  • Swarmer – fighter that throws lots of punches
  • In-fighter – fighter that fights on the inside a lot
  • Brawler – a less technically polished fighter who like to come forward and throw and trade lots of punches with little regard for his own defense

You see…pressure fighters can hold a wide variety of skills and strategies. Not all pressure fighters are reckless and throw lots of punches. Some pressure fighters are stalkers who “pressure” with feints or using other methods to pressure their opponents. Not all pressure fighters are inside fighters, some hate the clinch and prefer to have their arms free for non-stop punching. Likewise, not all inside-fighters are pressure fighters…sometimes it’s a boxer who likes to stall the fight, and if anything, use his inside-fighting skills to smother and tie-up a pressure fighter.



2. What it takes to be a Pressure Fighter

Advantages and Disadvantages of a pressure fighter

The pressure fighting style has been known to overcome all kinds of styles in the history of boxing. The pressure fighting style can physically and mentally break down even the toughest, strongest, and smartest opponents. Throughout boxing history, the pressure fighting style has been known to defeat many great champions even when they possessed superior athleticism,

Boxing Masterclass — How to Be a Pressure Fighter

Pressure bursts pipes, and many fighters fold under the pressure of a constant attack. Being aggressive is simply not enough to reach the top levels of the sport. You need to be able to apply that aggression in a methodical approach.

If you want to become a great pressure fighter, then you need to have certain qualities to become successful.

Essential Qualities to Being a Great Pressure Fighter

Cutting off the Ring

It’s surprising to see so many pressure fighters not knowing how to properly cut off the ring. If you’re facing another fighter who comes forward, then it won’t be difficult to find him in the ring.

However, if you’re facing a boxer, then you need to be able to catch him without expending too much energy. Let’s take a look a few points from the demonstration above:

  • Walking Down Your Opponent: Your should always keep your opponent directly in front of you within an imaginary box (not too large as shown above) and close in on him no matter where you are in the ring.
  • In the Corner: Try and keep your opponent within the green lines when he’s in the corner. He’ll try to get out so watch his movement and sidestep with him while closing in (like a zig-zag pattern) at the same time.
  • Along the Ropes: If your opponent does escape and is found on the ropes, again you must sidestep with him, attempting to corner him while keeping within range until you find an opportunity to attack.
  • Don’t Follow Your Opponent: This means that you mustn’t follow him around the ring either in straight lines or a circle, otherwise he’ll just pivot and circle around you all day. Instead, you must sidestep in the same direction he’s moving while edging closer bit by bit, until he eventually moves back to the ropes or in the corner. Then you mustn’t give him an exit route.

If your opponent tries to get out the corner, then throw a hook in the direction that he’s moving to, so that he’s moving into your punch. Your aim is to trap him on the ropes or in the corner. If you stick to this method, then you will make life hell for him, even if he has quicker feet than you.

Watch the above video to see how Gennady Golovkin and Lucas Matthysse is able to make the ring smaller for their opponents by cutting it off.

Good Power

You don’t need to be a devastating power puncher to become a great pressure fighter, but you do need to have good enough power to inflict damage on your opponent and to get his respect. The harder you punch, the quicker you can take your opponent out.

Body Attack

There’s no use headhunting if your opponent has quick feet and good upper body movement. You’ll end up missing a lot of punches and wasting a lot of energy. Go to the body early and often. This will allow you to set up punches to the head and it breaks your opponent down slowly but surely.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re getting outboxed, as long as you’ve invested in body punches, it’ll pay dividends later on in the fight (a great example is Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor).

Combination Punching

You’ll find it hard to catch a mover with a simple two punch combination. It’s usually predictable, therefore making it easier to avoid. Don’t be afraid to let your hands go especially when you have your opponent trapped on the ropes or in the corner. You can find out the top 10 boxing combinations here.

High Work Rate

A good sign that you’re losing a fight is if the mover boxer is throwing more punches and out-landing you later on in the fight. What this usually means is that you haven’t ‘upped the ante’ and you better step on the gas if you want to win. You need to take charge of the fight. When your opponent wants to rest, don’t let him because this is when he’s most vulnerable.

A Jab

Every fighter should have a great jab, and this is especially true if your style is dependent on catching a mover. You should never come in head first because you can easily be caught with a counter-punch.

Use your jab when getting into range because it’s will reach your opponent quicker, off-set his rhythm and help you set up your other punches.

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Good Defense

When you’re coming forward constantly, you’re more prone to counterpunches and the last thing you want is to walk onto a big one from a hard puncher. You must have a good enough defense to at least avoid most incoming punches.

When you’re on your way in, bob and weave, slip and slide, keep your chin tucked in and keep your guard up. Then when you’re within range and see an opportunity, unleash hell.

The video above shows the defensive skills of one of the best pressure fighters of all time, Julio Cesar Chavez.

Taking a Punch

You cannot expect to be a pressure fighter without taking more punches than a defensive styled fighter, even if you have a good defense. There are ways to condition yourself to take a punch better, such as strengthening your leg and neck muscles.

Unfortunately, this can only take you so far. If you get hurt easily, then the best thing to do is to become more defensive oriented and pick your punches a lot better. You can find out more on how to take a punch here.

Great Pressure Fighters

Great pressure fighters may not always be the most skilled, but they’re elite because they always find a way to overwhelm their opponents eventually. I recommend that you watch the following pressure fighters to get an indication of how pressure fighting should be done.

  • Joe Frazier (One of the best heavyweights of all time with a tremendous left hook and relentless pressure.)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez (All-time great who’s the definition of a great pressure fighter.)
  • Roberto Duran (Another all-time great who was aggressive and had excellent defensive abilities.)
  • Jose Luis Castillo (Considered one of the best lightweights of his era. Gave Floyd Mayweather Jr a very tough fight in their first meeting.)
  • Miguel Cotto (A good pressure fighter who can also box if his opponent is stronger and quicker than him.)

It’s not easy being a pressure fighter. It takes a lot of determination and endurance. If your style is based on pressure and you want to last long in boxing, then it’s vital that you work on your defensive abilities when coming forward. If not, you’ll just end up sustaining a lot of punishment which will affect you over the long term.

You may also be interested in the article How to Beat a Pressure Fighter.

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To get the most out of your training, I highly recommend the following top-rated boxing training guides:

Advanced Boxing Workshop Course (improve balance, footwork and punching power)
How To Box In 10 Days Course (quickly learn all the boxing fundamentals)
The 30 Day Fighters Diet (make weight while retaining strength, speed and power)
Top 10 Best Heavy Punching Bags
Top 10 Best Boxing Gloves

How to Beat a Better Fighter

It is possible to beat someone that’s more skilled and more talented than you? Not only can the “underdog” win, it happens ALL THE TIME!


Every now and then, I get one of these emails:

  • Johnny, there’s this guy at my gym. He’s faster, stronger, taller, better footwork, slips all my punches, counters everything I throw, better than me in every way. “How do I beat someone that’s better than me?!!!”

Well there is a way….CHEATING!…ok haha, no, just kidding. Don’t do that. You might get unlucky and run into a boxer that’s better at cheating than you are. Serious now…

Most people think boxing as a combination of hard work and talent. Those without the talent will have to work harder. It’s an easy enough concept, but boxing is more complicated than that.

Skills and talent often make a guaranteed win on paper but not when it comes to real fighting. There are just so many intangibles and variables beyond skills and talent that nobody can truly predict the outcome of a fight. I’ve beaten many better-trained opponents as well as lost to many less-talented opponents. Beating a more talented fighter is not only possible, it happens all the time!

“Nothing in the world is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.”


1. Anti-Style

The best way to beat a more better skilled opponent is to counter his style. It’s true what the old timers have always said, “Styles make fights!” A lot of boxing is rock-paper-scissors. You can be the best fighter in the world, but somebody less talented than you will always have the ability to beat you. You may already know a guy just like that in your gym. He’s not a better boxer than you but for some reason, he always gives you a hard time…even though he has bad technique. Pro boxers are no different; many boxing champions ducked certain fighters or even their old sparring mates for the same reason.

…look at Joe Frazier. When you compare his boxing achievements to Ali, not many would ever consider him a better boxer than Muhammad Ali, but he did get the better of Ali compared to other opponents.

Your style might be the “Joe Frazier” to someone else’s “Muhammad Ali”. Sometimes it happens naturally, you’re lucky enough to be someone else’s anti-style. Other times you have to study someone’s style and figure out a way to beat it. It doesn’t matter how perfect somebody is, they are always vulnerable to something! But developing an anti-style is more than just looking for someone’s weaknesses.

Developing an Anti-Style

Freddie Roach, one of boxing’s greatest trainers, said in an interview, “I don’t look for weaknesses, I look for habits.”

Roach explained that looking for someone’s weaknesses might not work if that fighter fixes his vulnerabilities. It was one of the smartest things I ever heard. If you want to beat someone, don’t count on him making his mistakes. Instead, look to his habits, especially his “good” habits! Perhaps he always doubles up on the jab. Or maybe he slips to the side at the end of every combination. Or maybe he slips under every jab. If you know what he always likes to do, you can take advantage of this.

It doesn’t matter if his technique is good or bad,
if you know what he will do, you can take advantage!

This single truth is so powerful. You could have the worst technique in the world, but if your technique perfectly counters his, you will win easily! Like I said before, boxing is rock-paper-scissors. And in that game, the worst piece of paper beats even the best rock? Get it? Styles beat styles, easily!

I would also recommend you read my guide on Style and Anti-technique.


2. Automation

Automation, the 2nd best way to beat a more skilled opponent, is all about fighting automatically. You’re simply fighting on auto-pilot, without thinking, without hesitation. Now I’m

How to Be a Fighter Jet in Life

You are either a crop duster or a fighter jet, and if you’re a crop duster right now, you’d better bust your hump to turn into a fighter jet starting today.

Now what do I mean by that?

I mean that hardworking people and high performers are like fighter jets. A fighter jet is an extremely powerful and sophisticated machine built to exact specifications. A fighter jet crew has a checklist with over a hundred tasks that they must complete before every flight, all to make sure the machine operates at maximum efficiency.

Now, regular folks—average people who struggle—are crop dusters. They putter along with “enough” energy and “enough” speed. They make “enough” money and they are “close enough” in their relationships, usually with people who just came into their lives at random. When you look at a literal crop duster, it’s rusty and held together with spare parts and it looks like it’s about to fall apart.

Same thing with crop duster people. They’re constantly on the verge of crisis because “enough” quickly turns into “barely enough” and finally “NOT enough.” 

That’s why we should all aspire to be fighter jets in life. When you are a fighter jet, you reap the greatest rewards in life.

Being a fighter jet means:

  • Getting more done in less time (both at home and at work)
  • Having more impact and meaning through work
  • Feeling less stress and a greater sense of peace
  • Having massive amounts of all-day energy
  • Improving your health and wealth

Here’s how you do that…

  • You need to put more structure in your days
  • You need to have clarity of passion and purpose
  • You need to build your skills and leadership ability
  • You must have mental resilience and passionate persistence
  • You must dedicate yourself to constant and never-ending improvement  (otherwise known as Kaizen)

Let’s take this analogy a little further. A fighter jet requires different care and handling than a crop duster. A fighter jet has personal, professional, and relationship discipline.

A fighter jet, like you, requires expensive jet fuel and extensive maintenance. That means you must have the personal discipline to stick to the highest quality nutrition (and only small amounts of treats), as well as proper sleep and regular exercise.

A fighter jet is also deadly accurate and operates with precision handling. This represents your professional discipline in punctuality (showing up on time and never being late), bringing your best self and high levels of energy to work, exceeding expectations, and always asking for and looking for extra opportunities to contribute to the cause.

But fighter jet self-care doesn’t end there. You also need an advanced and well-trained pilot—the type that is much more intelligent than the one that gets behind the stick of a crop duster. The pilot of your fighter jet is your mind, and it needs to have the right mindset of adding value, having focus, sharing abundance, go-giving, and generosity.

Never have a scarcity mindset. Reject all fear, greed, and doubt.

Finally, in relationship discipline, a fighter jet is loyal to family, friends, and its source of higher power. You seek to improve these relationships every day, just as you seek constant and never-ending improvement in your personal habits.

How you do anything is how you do everything. Your relationship with your health often reflects your professional success. If you have strong personal habits and take care of yourself, it’s more likely that you’ll have strong professional habits and bring a fighter jet mentality and high performance to your work. But if you’re disorganized in one area of life, it often shows up in every area of life.

Making a commitment to getting better every day, the “Kaizen principle,” is the key to building “wealth in your health” and wealth in your bank account. These go hand-in-hand. Just as you wouldn’t hand over a fighter jet to a novice pilot with just 40 hours of experience, neither would anyone hand you great responsibility in your career if you haven’t yet proven you have high-performance habits.

If you want to dominate your path and build your family’s wealth so that you can have financial and time freedom, then you have an obligation and responsibility to family, yourself, and your business or career to be at your best in every area of life.

Never doubt yourself. Never think that you can’t do it. I’m living proof that anyone can succeed. I was just an immigrant kid who escaped communism and came to the United States and achieved the American dream. And if I can do it, anyone can.

Now to show you how being a fighter jet plays out in business, I have an exclusive excerpt for you from my book, “Man Up: How to Cut the Bullshit and Kick Ass in Business (and in Life).” Take this to heart:

According to Forbes magazine, 13-percent of Americans are entrepreneurs—but that alone doesn’t make them fighter jets in my book. We also know that 80-percent of businesses fail, or at best, simply flutter along, sporadically breaking even but mostly causing stress and anxiety in the lives of the poor bastards who started them. So it’s safe to say that many entrepreneurs start as fighter jets but become crop dusters when they underestimate the amount of time, money, and effort that are required to get their businesses off the ground. I was one of them.

You see, crop duster entrepreneurs assume that going into business is going to be easy. They think, “If I build it, they will come.”

The reality is that you built it and no one came. No one cares about your better mousetrap. No one cares about your better service and how you’re revolutionizing an industry. No one’s out there waiting for you to create the better business model. Fighter jet entrepreneurs know these facts. And once I understood this and accepted these facts, then everything changed for me!

Fighter jet entrepreneurs build a better mousetrap, and then they commit to doing the necessary work to out-market, out-sell, and out-service the competition. They find creative ways to use influencers to get the word out about their products and services. They’re always finding better and faster ways to leverage social media sites, search engines, apps, and video sites to spread their messages. Fighter jet entrepreneurs commit to becoming effective leaders. They’re decisive, they’re great communicators, and they have clarity of vision. They focus on personal growth and development as much as they focus on business growth. They work at becoming emotionally resilient. While crop dusters are emotionally reactive, fighter jets have mastered the art of managing their emotions. Rather than emotionally reacting to a situation or problem, which causes people to lose respect for them, fighter jets respond with calmness, focus, and strategy to situations, which further solidifies their leadership and authority. Fighter jet entrepreneurs also understand the value of building a strong team of effective employees who are driven, loyal, and capable of bringing their vision to fruition.


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Bedros Keuilian is the embodiment of the American Dream. Arriving in the United States from the communist Soviet Union back in 1980, his family went from being broke to eventually adding value to their new community. Today, Bedros helps over 45,000 fitness experts grow their businesses. Bedros knows the American Dream is NOT dead, because he is living it right now.

Learn How to Become a Fighter

Some people get backed into a corner and crumble, while others fight their way out, but EVERYONE has a choice. And it’s never too late. Becoming a fighter will benefit you in more ways than one.

If you want to learn how to box, then I recommend the Advanced Boxing Workshop and How To Box In 10 Days courses.

You will gain confidence, happiness and self-belief. These things will take you to places that no amount of money can take you to.

First Step

The first step to becoming a fighter is to know where you want to be and what you want to achieve. To become a fighter you need to be perfectly clear about these two things before anything else.

As you embark on your journey, you’ll begin to find out exactly who you are and the world will unravel for you.

You will encounter ups and downs throughout your journey but it’s all part of becoming a fighter, to never give up even in the most dire circumstances.

Nervousness, self-doubt and fear are all natural human emotions and even the toughest of fighters come face to face with them. The ability to handle and overcome them is what pushes them to the top.

To become a fighter, brute strength is not enough. As a matter of fact, your mentality plays a much bigger part than any of your physical attributes. It’s been proven time and time again that it doesn’t matter how strong you are, what’s more important is how much heart and smarts you have.

Fight Bullying

If you’re a victim or have ever been a victim of bullying, then you will have more desire to become a fighter. Bullies are usually mentally weak or have some issues that causes them to target who they think is weak. You can prove them otherwise.

Some of the greatest contributors to society have been bullied at some point in their life. It’s the reason why they’ve reach such great heights while their bully have faded into obscurity.

Success is the best revenge and only by having the courage to become a fighter will you get to your success. Check out our section on how to combat bullying.

Mental Strength

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It’s also the most important attribute of a fighter, more than anything else. Without a strong mindset, everything other part of your body has no purpose.

You could be the smallest person in the playground up against the biggest bully, and if your mind is stronger than theirs, then you’ll topple them. Sometimes without even having to resort to any physical violence, but just by standing your ground, you’ve already won half the battle.

Professional fighters in combat sports will often tell you that 90% of a fight is mental, and the rest is physical. This theory has been proven to be true time and time again. Access our Mental Strength section for more.

Physical Factors

How physical abilities also play a major factor when you strive to become a fighter. This doesn’t mean how much weight you can bench, because that’s often useless in a physical confrontation. Endurance, flexibility, reflexes, technique and strength are all contributing factors of a complete fighter. Check out our Fitness section to find out how you can improve.


How do you reach your goals without motivation? The answer is you can’t. Some people can easily motivate themselves while others find it hard to get up for something.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can improve your motivation and they’re often them simplest methods. Find out that one thing that could trigger the spark and transform you from a lazy couch potato to an unbreakable workhorse.


To get the most out of your training, I highly recommend the following top-rated boxing training guides:

Advanced Boxing Workshop Course (improve balance, footwork and punching power)
How To Box In 10 Days Course (quickly learn all the boxing fundamentals)
The 30 Day Fighters Diet (make weight while retaining strength, speed and power)
Top 10 Best Heavy Punching Bags
Top 10 Best Boxing Gloves

Boxing Masterclass — How to Beat a Pressure Fighter

It can be intimidating and exhausting fighting someone who won’t stop coming forward. Many fighters fold under these circumstances.

You must learn exactly how to beat a pressure fighter if you want to last long in the ring. It’s not just about having the right tools, it’s about being able to implement a successful game plan too.

If you know the boxing fundamentals, I recommend you to check out the Advanced Boxing Workshop course, which has helped amateur and pro fighters to improve their balance, footwork and punching power.

What You Must Do

Here’s a short compilation video of simple yet effective one-twos (jab-straights), sometimes with other follow-up punches.

Establish the Jab

Rule number one when fighting a pressure fighter (or any fighter) is you have to establish your jab with authority.

It needs to be quick, snappy and powerful in order to keep your opponent from constantly charging at you. Your jab also measures range and helps you to set up your power punches.

No jab means that your opponent can close the distance much quicker and easier, get on the inside and bully you around. Read the article on how to throw an effective jab.

Shoot Down the Middle

You’ll find that a pressure fighter who follows you around will be open for the cross down the middle, especially if he squares himself up.

Set it up with your jab and time it just as your opponent is walking in, increasing the impact and power of your punch.

The one-two combination (jab, cross) will make your opponent think twice about coming in recklessly.

Use Effective Short Hooks and Uppercuts

The latter half of the above video shows how James Toney uses short hooks and uppercuts to do damage when fighting on the inside.

Your job is to keep your opponent on the outside, but if he manages to get within mid-range or on the inside, you need to know how to fight him off. Your main weapons will be the lead hook and rear uppercut.

Since your opponent will already be within range, you need to make these punches quick, accurate and powerful, and they should be if you throw them short.

A good combination would be to throw the rear uppercut first, followed by the lead hook, then roll under any return punches, pivot to your outside and establish your jab again.

Go to the Body

A good pressure fighter will have a good defense. He would know how to bob and weave and slip punches. Chances are, he would probably have a good chin too.

For these reasons alone, you should invest heavily in a consistent body attack. Don’t leave it too late though, go to the body early and often. A body attack usually pays off in the later stages of a fight.

Use Lateral Movement

Pernell Whitaker is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time. The above video shows how he uses lateral and upper body movement to skillfully maneuver around the ring to avoid punches and at the same time create different angles for punching opportunities.

Don’t be a stationary target. If you want to beat a pressure fighter, then you have to keep moving sideways, circling your opponent.

If you’re an orthodox fighter, then keep moving to your left. This is essential for fighting a southpaw. If you’re a southpaw, then do the opposite and move to your right.

Lateral movement keeps your opponent off balance and will give you better angles to hit the target. Whatever you do, don’t move back in the straight line because your opponent will chase you to the ropes or corner, and he’ll have a field day with punches straight down the middle.

Fight on the Back Foot

Not only do you have to use lateral movement, but since your opponent will be coming forward constantly, you must also be able to fight on the back foot while using lateral movement.

If your opponent doesn’t know how to cut off the ring, you’ll have a much easier time because he’ll just be following you around in circles.

However, let’s assume he does know how to cut off the ring, it’s the reason why you must have an effective jab and not get trapped on the ropes or in the corner.

Clinch When Necessary

Pressure fighters can get frustrated and will bull rush you, wildly swinging away. They may even get on the inside and make you feel uncomfortable. You must tie his arms up and not let him punch when you’re vulnerable.

It sometimes makes an ugly fight, but you’re in there to win. Some of the best technical fighters such as Andre Ward knows when to clinch, and how to fight during a clinch.

Stay off the Ropes / Out the Corner

It’s extremely difficult to not touch the ropes or the corner when you’re up against a good pressure fighter. Sometimes it’s inevitable, but the rule is to not stay in that place for too long.

A general rule is as soon as you feel your back touch the ropes, quickly pivot out of the way and turn your opponent.

Some fighters are excellent at fighting off the ropes and they get away with being on the ropes or in the corner for extended periods of time.

Even beating their opponent at their own game. It’s a good idea for you to learn how to fight off the ropes, but it’s best to never let it get to that point.

The Epitome of How to Beat a Pressure Fighter

Pernell Whitaker vs Julio Cesar Chavez Sr

This was a boxing masterclass performance by Pernell Whitaker against one of the greatest pressure fighter of all time. Whitaker, who was a southpaw, well-known for his extraordinary defensive abilities, fought on the backfoot and circled to his right for the entire fight. It frustrated and tired the hell out of Chavez Sr. Whitaker controlled the fight and clearly won it, but it ended up being a very controversial draw.

Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Jose Luis Castillo II

In their first meeting, Castillo lost a decision that many felt he deserved, which is why a rematch took place. This time, Mayweather erased any doubts that previously took place by putting on display of magnificent footwork and counterpunching skills.

Anytime he felt his back touch the ropes, he quickly moved out the way. Mayweather rarely ever stood still, and anytime Castillo managed to get inside, he would get clinched. This time, Mayweather earned a unanimous decision that no one could dispute.

James Toney vs Iran Barkley

Iran Barkley was a crude, bullish fighter with good power and chin. He was physically bigger than Toney and tried to impose his size and strength on him, like he would all his other opponents. However, Toney was a crafty veteran known for his shoulder roll technique.

Without running or holding, he obliged with Barkley’s wishes to trap him on the ropes, but turned his defense into offense and completely counterpunched Barkley into a 9th round stoppage.

Control the Fight

If you implement all the above correctly, the fight is there for you to take control of. Knowing how to remain calm is important, but that comes with experience.

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to set the pace of the fight, meaning you must do what you want to do and when, and never letting your opponent doing what he wants to do which is to make the fight a brawl. Follow your game plan from start to finish and don’t allow the macho antics deviate you from that.

You may also be interested in the How to Be a Pressure Fighter article.


To get the most out of your training, I highly recommend the following top-rated boxing training guides:

Advanced Boxing Workshop Course (improve balance, footwork and punching power)
How To Box In 10 Days Course (quickly learn all the boxing fundamentals)
The 30 Day Fighters Diet (make weight while retaining strength, speed and power)
Top 10 Best Heavy Punching Bags
Top 10 Best Boxing Gloves

How To Combat A Southpaw Fighter

In the film Rocky, Rocky Balboa gave his girlfriend, Adrian, the perfect description of a southpaw fighter: “You know where southpaw comes from? I’ll tell ya. A long time ago there was this guy, maybe a couple a hundred years ago, he was fighting around, I think it was around Philadelphia, and his arm — he was left-handed — and his arm was facing toward New Jersey, you see? And that’s south. So then naturally they call him south paw. You see? South paw, south Jersey, South Camden, south paw. You know what I mean?”

Indeed, the majority, of southpaws are left-handed, standing with the right hand and right foot forward, the mirror image of the orthodox stance. Unlike in western boxing, there are many more Muay Thai fighters who are southpaws. This is because many trainers in Thailand teach young fighters both stances, regardless of their dominant side.

Since most southpaws are left handed, both their left cross and left body kick are their most dangerous weapons. Being in the southpaw stance allows them to utilize these weapons to attack their opponents. Some of the greatest Muay Thai fighters are southpaws: multiple-time Muay Thai World Champions Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, Orono Wor Petchpun, Samart Payakaroon, Saenchai PKSaenchaimuaythaigym, and Yodsaenklai Fairtex are all known to be deadly southpaws.


The Advantages Of A Southpaw Fighter

Regardless of their sport, left-handed athletes have always been feared by their opponents. This is because everything they do comes from the opposite side that a normal right-hander is used to seeing. In fact, in the past, left-handed boxers were often persuaded by their trainers to switch to an orthodox stance so that they’d have someone to fight against.

One of the biggest advantages of being a southpaw is that many orthodox fighters simply aren’t used to fighting southpaws. Because of the stance, they are thrown off by the angles at which they normally use to throw punches or kicks or defend. In fact, many southpaws are used to fighting orthodox fighters, giving them the advantage in experience. Also, during training, southpaws would have been taught in the orthodox stance in the beginning, which makes them more technically adept in common orthodox moves. Thus, for many orthodox fighters, fighting a southpaw can certainly pose many challenges.

Thus, for an orthodox fighter to successfully combat a southpaw fighter, he/she must understand the southpaw fighter and the techniques he/she uses in order to setup his/her attacks, counter attacks and defense.


Recognizing The Southpaw Stance

As we mentioned above, a southpaw fighter stands with the right hand and right foot forward. Instead of jabbing with their left hand, they will jab with the right so that they can finish with their powerful left cross. Because they are stronger on the left hand side of their body, they will attempt to throw left body kicks, left knees and left elbows. Hence, being aware of these attacks would help you decipher which stance your opponent is using.


Common Southpaw Attacks

Left Kick

The left kick is one of the most commonly used attacks of a southpaw. Because it is thrown on their strong side, it is their most effective weapon against orthodox fighters. In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao demonstrates 5 roundhouse kick combinations. As a southpaw, Sam-A kicks with his left leg and jabs with his right. To prevent a left kick from landing, you can block it with your right leg.


In this video, one of the most decorated southpaws in Muay Thai, Yodsanklai Fairtex demonstrates the KO power behind his left kicks. As you can see, the left kick is one of the best attacks a southpaw fighter can use against an orthodox fighter since it always lands flush against the body on the open side.


Left Knee

Because of the angle the orthodox fighter’s stance is in, it is easy for a southpaw to land a devastating knee on their opponent. In this video, Sam-A shows how he sets up his left knees. To block the knee, you can use your front leg or turn your hip to the inside. Instead of his knees hitting you, his thigh will land on you instead, lessening the impact of the strike.


Left Elbow

Just like any elbow attack, the left elbow is certainly one of the most brutal strikes a southpaw could throw. In this video, Orono shows how perfect timing and distance could help a southpaw land a KO worthy elbow.

As always, you must keep your hands up and maintain a high guard to defend against an elbow. You can also slide back to create distance by pushing with your legs or your hand. This technique is a

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