Originally Posted by West24
i dont know about the whole crouching thing. do you mean ducking? i dont think youre going to use it that much. i would really concentrate on getting your cardio up. spar a lot, not right before the fight but leading into it. lots of rounds with guys who know how to spar not guys trying to kill you. im guessing your fight will be 3 2 minute rounds. running 3 miles should be good. also jogging for a minute and a half, and the sprinting for 30 seconds. do this 3 times. in the end theres really no secret on how do get into good shape. just work hard. its only 3, 2 minute rounds. its not a long time but youre going to get tired as fuck. just get into shape. id bet if in your first few fights if all you had was amazing cardio and very basic knowledge of boxing, and werent afraid to take a few hits in the beggining youd probably win almost all of them. especially getting into the heavier weights. most heavy weights are at probably 50% after the first round, and most will die in the 3rd.
I think that he just means fighting low. This actually comes into play in MMA a lot more than straight up boxing, because the difference between the size and shapes of opponents is often much more exaggerated, since the weight categories are a full 15 lbs apart.
Originally Posted by HgaleK
Wow- I'm a south paw too. That changes the game completely. The fight is all about your right foot as a lefty. Keep it outside of his left foot at all times! He'll have to go across for his straight, and you'll have a direct shot at his body. Keep your right hand up at all time to null his jab and protect you from his left hook (it's his main weapon against a left handed fighter if you stay away from his straight right).
Learn to lead with a straight left. Your jab is gonna be checked unless he's dropping his hands a lot, and it'll leave you open to his hook. If he's big on jabbing (he should be), get used to slipping right and coming over the top of his jab with your left straight.
Winning this fight comes down the right foot and you leading left.
Keep up the sparring as there's nothing to prepare you for the ring like being in the ring.
As far as running goes, I have better luck with sprints for actual conditioning, but you'd probably be better off asking Why or Kunk.
Originally Posted by globetrotter
this is some good advice, thanks.
I've found that what ever I do, and frankly it moves pretty fast and I ahve trouble figuring out exactly how I do it - when I do well it usually involves having them trip on their own feet when I hit them hard to the body, throwing them totally off balance and giving me the momentum. but this explaination works. I have to look into it.
I'm guessing that what happens is that they are not used to the decreased mobility in their lead foot, and also, if your footwork is good, they find it hard to circle away from your power. Like you said, they essentially trip themselves up by letting their feet line up.
It's interesting. I am right handed, and left-footed, so everytime I spared in kickboxing/MMA with a southpaw, I would switch to southpaw, and punish them with outside leg kicks and liver kicks, and if they moved in, with a knee to the ribs.