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Old 08-27-2009, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to close distance???

I was boxing today, and i faced someone who was taller, and had a reach advantage. i tried to counter but i just wasnt quick enough. I was backing up to much and didnt press forward because i was scared of getting counterd. But when i got inside, and closed the distance i was landing good shots on him. What are some good ways that i can close the distance, get inside, and score from there??? just about every punch i threw missed, and it was because i was too far away. I have really short arms it seems, so I REALLY need to learn how to close the distance lol.
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P.S. What are some good ways that I can create angles and openings. I really need to work on that.

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A good method is to feel out the distance and their reach with your jab, once you have a good feeling on the distance you can use feints( feinting is when you throw a short jab and allow him to react) You can use the false jab and try to feel out what your opponent will throw in an attempt to counter your short reach.
if you for example feint a straight right and he throws a counter right reacting to your short jab you can then slip to the side and get in close and cleanly.
Hope this helped.

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Old 09-02-2009, 01:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Two Things I would suggest trying are:

1) Throw you jab out --even if it doesn't reach his face completely-- to get him to jab back or throw a cross at you. Immediately after retracting your jab, slip your head slightly to either side which will take your head off the line of fire. Assuming you are right handed, if you move your head to the left side fire back with a hook and if you move your head to the right side come back with a straight right.

2) Use mutiple step jabs to get you in close enough to land your right hand. Remember to jab very high so that your shoulder and arm protects your head from his right hand as you work your way in.

Once inside it may still be hard to hit his head if he begins to lean back or roll his forward shoulder in when up against the ropes, so be ready to rip into the body when he starts to do that.

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Old 09-05-2009, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was boxing today, and i faced someone who was taller, and had a reach advantage. i tried to counter but i just wasnt quick enough. I was backing up to much and didnt press forward because i was scared of getting counterd. But when i got inside, and closed the distance i was landing good shots on him. What are some good ways that i can close the distance, get inside, and score from there??? just about every punch i threw missed, and it was because i was too far away. I have really short arms it seems, so I REALLY need to learn how to close the distance lol.
Thanks

P.S. What are some good ways that I can create angles and openings. I really need to work on that.
Work on your foot and head movement first, if you're good at this you can easily use it to dodge his counters. Other posters have told you to use your jab and they're right to do so if you're more of a counter puncher yourself.

If you're more of a bruiser, keep your hands high and just step into him until his back is against the ropes. Once you've closed the distance he'd be relatively ineffective as his punching turns awkward with his long arms.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Consider timing

Good responses.

You can also consider filming yourself sparring. You'll likely see some opportunities to attack / counter that you aren't spotting while you're in the heat of the moment.

Specifically, start looking for opportunities during these 3 times...

1)Before your opponent throws
2)While your opponents throwing
3)Right after your opponent throws

There's attacks / counters that work best during each of those times, but it's tough to explain them in writing. You may be able to spot them for yourself if you film yourself.
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