Boxing: Advanced Tactics & Strategies is a concise collection of drills, tips, exercises and strategies designed to take the novice boxer to the next level. Building on his popular first book, Boxing: A 12 Week Course, R. Michael Onello explains advanced ring tactics including hitting with movement, blocks, slips, feints, draws, and advanced punch variations.
He also shares strategic tips gained through years in the ring and in the corners of successful boxers. In addition to a range of practical offense, defense, punch progression and shadow sparring drills, he includes advanced conditioning exercises and a chapter on ring generalship. This book is a great resource for boxers who want to advance their skills and coaches looking for solid training advice.
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Turtle Press Corporation
December 03, 2010
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Excerpt from Boxing by R. Michael Onello
The following technique I am going to describe is a defensive tool that will put you in an offensive position. It is very eff ective at taking the ring away and slowing down your opponent. In addition, it can be described as defensive footwork performed flatfootedly. Cutting off the ring is extremely important and was mentioned in my previous book. However, I feel the need to elaborate on the subject.
Envision the ring divided into four boxes, similar to a cross where the lines dissect in the center of the ring (+). The object is not to allow the opponent to cross a line, thus they will be contained in one box. To accomplish this, you must take a step forward every time they move and at the same time mirror every movement they make, not follow them as a dog on a leash would. Try to stay even with them, stopping their movement by way of hooking them off (throwing hooks 3-b and 4-b in the direction they want to move in). The goal is to back them against the ropes, or better yet, trap them in the corner. Once you have your opponent trapped in the corner, envision a triangle and keep them contained in it, not allowing them to pass the front line at your toe.
A good boxer can perform the above technique in four squares, but a great boxer can see beyond four squares. A great boxer can break down the four squares into four separate squares inside the original square. As a result, containing there opponent to a limited amount of square footage, and thus controlling the ring real estate so they cannot range fight, stick and move.
Practice the following:
Round # 1, Boxer (A) is cutting the ring off from boxer (B).
Round # 2, Boxer (B) is cutting the ring off from boxer (A).
*Keep score: Every time the boxer not cutting off the ring passes one of the lines (+) they get a point. Every time the boxer cutting off the ring either contains the opponent in the corner