Boxing combinations: techniques you can use to improve your skills

Basic Boxing Combinations You Should Know About

Every boxer should be constantly looking to expand their arsenal of boxing combinations.

You also need to find a balance between exploring new combinations and practicing the combinations that you know to ensure that they are as fluid as possible.

The best boxing combinations are simple, quick and easy to remember while you are fighting in the ring.

As time passes, you won’t even need to think to know which combination is the best one to use.

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Boxing Combinations For Beginners

Jab > Cross

This sort of combination is most effective when it is used in a long-to-mid range situation.

It is one of the best combinations and one that every boxer, amateur or professional, should be familiar with.

It can be used to set up the cross in a number of different ways.


The jab itself literally becomes both a range finder and a distraction.

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If you find that you are too far away from your opponent, then you could jab twice to distract your opponent while taking a step forward.

This opens your opponent up for the cross. This significant combination is one that every boxer should be familiar with.

A lot of boxers actually repeat this combination multiple times in succession to score as many points as possible.

Jab > Rear Hook (Head)

This specific combination works best when it is used in a mid-range situation.

If you notice that your opponent has a relatively high guard stance and covers a large portion of the front of his face, then this would be the perfect combination for you to use.

Essentially, the jab that you throw is little more than a distraction. You should save your actual power for the rear hook.

When you throw the rear hook, you should aim for your opponent’s ear, as this will almost guarantee that the shot will land.

Lead Hook (Head) > Lead Hook (Body)

Combinations like this work best when they are used in a close-range situation.

The lead hook to your opponent’s head is little more than a set-up, so you should try to avoid putting a lot of power into it.

It should leave your opponent’s body exposed. You should then quickly throw a lead hook into the liver area, as your opponent should not expect it.

Remember to put all of your power into the second punch.

Rear Uppercut (Head/Body) > Lead Hook (Head)

Again, this sort of combination works best when it is used in a close-range situation.

olympian boxers trading uppercuts

If you have an opponent who is relatively close to you and who keeps their head tucked down, then a simple rear uppercut should be used to knock their head out of position.

This allows you to throw another lead hook that will make contact with the head.

You have to make sure that you throw both of these moves in a quick succession.

Otherwise, you will be unlikely to land them both.

Right Cross > Left Hook > Right Cross

This type of combination often works best when you are in the ring with an overly aggressive opponent, one that stays incredibly close to you at all times.

The problem with an opponent that stays close to you is that it makes it really difficult to throw a jab before throwing out anything else, so you have to skip the jab entirely.

Most of the time overly aggressive opponents leave their bodies in vulnerable positions, so you throw each of these punches in quick succession with a lot of power behind them.

Left Hook (Head) > Left Hook (Head)

The act of ‘doubling up’ different combinations is really common in a boxing environment.

This is because the first shot can be used to open up the defenses of your opponent, thus enabling your second shot to land and hit the intended target.

When throwing two left hooks to the head you should always put all of your power into the second shot, as the first shot is only performed to make your opponent drop their defenses.

Boxing techniques combos and tips

Practice your poker face.

Learning to throw fake jabs inside of the boxing ring can become the ultimate distraction, one that opens your opponent up to all of the advances that you make.

A lot of different boxing combinations involve faking the first punch and landing the second, or faking two punches before landing the third.

Do not have a favorite combination.

Often, boxers get used to using the same combination over and over and over again.

The combination that they use like this is often their favorite, one that they spend a lot of time focusing on when practicing.

Rather than doing this, you should make sure that you know how to successfully complete a number of different combinations, otherwise, you will end up being predictable inside of the ring.

Avoid throwing punches at the same area repeatedly.

The problem with focusing on attacking the same area is that it results in a lack of fluidity that can leave your own body exposed in the same way for long time periods.

Small boxers with an athletic stature can sometimes get away with doing this, but only if they are quick enough to do so.

Grow your own confidence.

Remember that no boxing combination is a set rule. They are simply ideas.

You have to understand this as understanding it will allow you to create your own boxing combinations as you become more experienced.

You can learn which boxing combinations work best, but you can then adjust them so that they work better with your own fighting style.

As time passes, you will learn to throw different combinations without having to actively think about them.

Don't ever forget stability.

Remember that your footwork and your boxing stance are some of the most important aspects of boxing.

You should be able to move freely and the combination that you choose will actively determine how you need to shift your body weight.

Time to P​​​​ractice

You will never get good at throwing out different boxing combinations in just a handful of hours.

Each individual boxing combination takes a lot of practice and work to master, but they are all worth it in the end.

Ideally, you should have a large number of different combinations that you are familiar with, as they give you so many more opportunities to land punches and points while you are in the ring.

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