Boxing is known as many things: the Sport of Kings, the Sweet Science. But while it may entertain royalty or involve more strategy than it might seem, boxing can really be distilled down to a contest of power and wits. As a spectator, of course, all that really matters is the knockdowns and, hopefully, the knockouts.
A great Académie Frontenac MMA Montreal knockout punch can excite an entire arena as well as those watching at home. And, as a fighter, when you train your body to hit and to take hits, there are a few punches that you want to have in your arsenal; and be aware of in your opponents’.
THE RIGHT CROSS
Many might assume that the uppercut is the strongest and best knockout punch, but that is not entirely true. Sure, the uppercut is often very strong and disorienting. However, the strongest punch you can throw is actually the right cross (if you are a right-handed fighter). This punch gets its power from the core, which is carried up through the arm and supported by a stable stance, in the legs. The punch builds power in the preparation—as the arm comes back—and builds speed to hit your opponent across the face with more standing power than any other hit.
THE LEFT HOOK
The right cross is a straight standing punch supported by the triceps. The power in the left hook, however, comes not just in the muscles involved but also from the full body rotation. This punch utilizes the shoulder, chest, and bicep muscles in conjunction with a rotation of the hip (and knees) to add yet more power.
This punch often results in a knockout—or, at least, a knockdown—because it is disorienting. It approaches from out of the peripheral vision, so it can catch an opponent off guard. This, alone, can be disorienting, but with that twist of your hip, the punch can also knock your opponents head from side to side, which can cause dizziness too.
To succeed in boxing, though, you also need to know how to throw punch combinations that keep your opponent guessing at what you are going to do. Punch combinations establish a rhythm but they also help you to open up and take advantage of vulnerabilities. For example, the “bread and butter” punch combination is known as the 1-1-2. This is two jabs followed by a cross. It may say sound simple, but the combination is deadly and can open up more possibilities for punch combination or even bigger, single strikes. And just by mixing up the speed and timing of the 1-1-2, a boxer can make it very hard to predict what they are going to do, even without having to vary the punch combination very much.