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Commonly Used Counter Punches in Boxing

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Understanding when to throw counter punches and which punches to use is extremely important in Boxing. Coach Joe Vargas goes over some of the most common counter punches used and explains when and how to use them.


Coach Joe Vargas:
I’m Joe Vargas, one of the head coaches here at The Arena. We’re going to be working today on the counter punching. First counter is the left hook counter. I come with an overhand right or a straight right, then he counters with the hook.

The other one is if I throw a left hook, he throws a right hand straight. A lot of us want to throw a left hook when we get left hooked, but my hand’s up. The only thing that makes sense is the straight right hand. Boom, boom. There you go.

Left body shot is a right uppercut from him. Boom, boom. Why? Because when I come here, simulate it, my hand is open. On the same thing on this other side. Boom, boom. I come here. It’s there.

Left hook on top. There you go. Right hand on top. Good, don’t reach. I’ll do it again. So body, good. No faster than that. Use your legs. Plant your legs. So, that’s the counter punches. And that’s your tip of the week.

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