Whether you're a fitness boxer, competitive boxer
or just enjoy watching a good bout on television, here are some
basic boxing terms that you should know.
The most fundamental and defensive method is blocking. With
your hands up and "tight," use the fist or outside portion
of the gloves to block headshots. Use the elbow or forearm to block
body punches. This technique works best against long, hooking shots.
Parrying a punch involves "catching" it and then
redirecting or pushing it aside. It works best against straight
Usually, the right hand is used to defend against
your opponent's jab and the left to defend against your opponent's
right. This is a perfect time for a counter punch.
Slipping a punch consists of bending at the waist and knees so that
the oncoming punch slips safely past you. Effective slipping leaves
both of your hands free for counterpunching and also leaves your
opponent off balance.
A good defense can get boxers out of dangerous
situations and even avoid them all together.
All of these defensive moves can be practiced
while shadow boxing or working the Heavy Bag.
Boxers such as Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray
Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya, were known for their aggressive
offence, as well as great defensive abilities.