Different Boxing Stances: 4 Styles

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘4 Styles of Boxing Stances and Guards’ by Tony Jeffries

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The video discusses 4 boxing stances: hands down, peek-a-boo, Philly shell, and traditional; each has its strengths and weaknesses, requiring specific strategies to beat them.

Key Insights

  • The video discusses the 4 different stances and guards in boxing: hands down stance, peek-a-boo style, Philly shell, and traditional boxing stance.
  • The hands down stance can be effective for countering punches but leaves the boxer open and relies on quick reactions.
  • To beat someone with a hands down stance, feinting and throwing multiple punches can be effective.
  • The peek-a-boo style involves having hands up and covering the body, providing good defense but limiting vision and requiring longer punches.
  • To beat someone with a peek-a-boo style, keeping punches long, creating space, and avoiding the ropes are recommended.
  • The Philly shell style includes defending the body with the lead hand and using the shoulder to block straight punches, but it can tire the arm and requires good reactions.
  • To beat someone with a Philly shell style, working on feints, getting closer with the feet, and throwing punches can be effective.
  • The traditional boxing stance with hands up and balanced positioning allows for a wide range of punches and offers good balance.
  • To beat someone with a traditional boxing stance, using feints, multiple punches, and head-body combinations are suggested.
  • It is important to practice and find the boxing stance that works best for individual boxers.

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It’s very hard for him to break my guard, I’ve let the shoulder take the other punch. I can get there and back faster.

On this video, I’m going to talk about the 4 different stances and guards that we see in boxing. I’m also going to tell you the pros and cons of each one and give you some tips on how to beat someone with that boxing stance.

My name is Tony Jeffries, Olympic medallist boxer, former undefeated professional, 7 times national champion, European champion, and today I’m joined by my business partner, top boxing fitness expert Kevin Watson.

So the first stance is kind of like the Roy Jones Jr., Prince Nazeem Hammer. This is a stance that everyone thinks looks cool and it does look cool, and people try to do, which is having their hands down. So I’ll be in front of my opponent, I’ll have my wide stance, my hands down, head moving, and this is a good stance for a lot of reasons but as well it’s a bad stance for a lot of reasons. The reason why it’s good is I’m in front of my opponent here, I’m moving, if he throws a jab I can slip and come back with my counter punches there and it makes him really think and makes him really wary about throwing the punches. If I’m in front of him like this and he throws a jab, boom, boom, boom and I come back and he’ll slip out of the way.

So the pros with this are your opponent doesn’t know what you’re going to throw, which makes it very wary for him to throw a punch because he’s going to be expecting a counter punch coming from a different sort of angle than he’s used to. Another pro with having this style is you’re staying relaxed, your upper body’s relaxed, you’re not using too much energy compared to traditional boxing styles where you might be tight.

Now going on to the cons about this style is, well the first one is your hands are down, you’re wide open, and all you’re doing for defense is relying on your reaction so you’ve got to have very, very good reactions to have this boxing stance.

So if you’re in the ring with an opponent like this, how would you beat them? Well, I’m going to give you a couple of different ways. The first thing you want to be doing is you want to be feinting. You want to be throwing the punch because if he’s feinting all the time to me, now what that does, that keeps me thinking and now I’m getting wary of throwing punches because I don’t know what’s going to come back at me. So yeah, definitely keep feinting and then the other way to beat someone like this is throw multiple punches. If you’re throwing single punches, I can always come back with the counters, and that’s what I would want if I had that boxing stance, my opponent to throw single punches so I can counter him fast. Now what he should do is throw multiple punches moving forward. Now let’s see if he throws multiple punches at me and I’ve got my hands down, now I’m here, now I’m on the ropes, now I’m where he wants me to be which is on the ropes. So that’s what you want to do, you want to throw multiple punches, try and cut the ring down, getting this guy to get onto the ropes, keeping them hands tight, always be wary of the counter punches coming at you.

Number two is the peek-a-boo style and we see fighters like Mike Tyson with his hands up in this peek-a-boo style position, and my favourite fighter to have this style was Ronald Winkie Wright, and I’ve done a full video on the tight guard, the pros and cons so click up here wherever it is and watch that full video because I’ll break it down for you telling you exactly what you need to know about that.

And this is called the peek-a-boo style because when you’ve got your hands up, every time you pull your hands down you’ve got to say peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, that’s a joke, you don’t do that. So with this stance you’ve got your hands up and you’re very tight, you want to be covering your full body here. So if I’m in with a traditional boxer and I’ve got this peek-a-boo style, my hands are up and he throws the punches, it’s very hard for him to break my guard, get through and create space with these punches here. It’s great for not getting hit, that is the biggest pro for this is obviously the defense, you’ve got your hands up, you can’t really get hit when you’re in that position.

Now the cons for me totally outweigh the pros. The cons are even right there when he’s still pulling the punches, if you notice he’s just touching there but the punches are still hitting my glove against my head so I can still feel it. And as well when he is here and he’s throwing the punches, my vision is very blocked, it’s hard to really see and when he throws them hooks around the side, I can’t see these punches coming because I’m blocking here. Now the other thing is when I want to throw punches, my punches have got to come all the way from here, all the way out, all the way back, they’ve got that extra distance to travel compared to the traditional style. If I’m here, it’s got less distance to travel than here and now the less distance it’s got to travel, the faster it’s going to get there. So those are a couple of the cons of the peek-a-boo style.

So how to beat someone with this style, I mean the big thing is try and keep the punches long, you don’t want to smother your punches. He’s trying to get in close to me, so if he’s close to me, now I’m in his range, now he can throw the punches and land them. I want to try and keep the punches long, keep them out of distance like this and then from there what I want to do is try and create space. So I’ll hit him up to the head to try and land that body shot, hit him up to the body then try and land the head shots after that. So we’re hitting high, going low, hitting low, going high and as well not smothering your work, not letting him dictate the pace and put the pressure on, and definitely you want to keep off the ropes when you’re fighting someone like this.

Number three is the Philly Shell. Now this is getting very popular through the likes of Floyd Mayweather. Also, Roy Jones was a master at the Philly Shell as well and what you’re doing here

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘4 Styles of Boxing Stances and Guards’ by Tony Jeffries