Thanks I would have to step in with the left hook, because they are too far away would you recommend that???
My instructor says never rush in ever because if they hit you coming in you add alot of your body-weight to their punching power and so are more likely to be knocked out as a result?
if you are knocking them off balance, or sideways like you say, then the chances of them hitting you as you step in to hook is very minimal.
Maybe follow the hook up with a low kick to the back of the lead leg?