The Most Underrated move in Boxing!!…The Boxing Pivot
Hi there, I’m Mike Gales for Everlast
Nutrition.In this video, I want to take a look at a pivot in boxing. This
honestly has to be one of the most overlooked and underrated movements in
all of boxing by beginners. Yet it’s also one of the most useful moves that really
separates novices from people that actually know what they’re doing.
Before I explain why it is so useful, let’s take a look at what it is and how
to do it. I guess you can define a pivot as the action of turning around a
fixed point. That fixed point aspect is absolutely crucial for this to work.
Notice here that my lead leg doesn’t really go anywhere.
It stays fixed in that one spot as it supports all of my weight. That gives me
the ability to pivot and move my rear leg. Also note that I keep my hands high
in my boxing stance and that as I pivot my feet don’t really cross. When my rear
foot reaches its destination, I still have sufficient distance between
my legs to maintain my balance. That way I can properly defend or attack if need
be. Quickly, if I’m going to pivot to the right, I shift all of my weight to my
lead leg. Then I use my lead leg to push off the floor and swing my rear leg
over to my right or to pivot to the left. Once again, I put all of my weight on my
lead leg and then push off the floor to bring my rear leg over to the left.
Now that you have a vague idea of what the pivot is, why would anyone choose to
do this? There are a few good reasons. One good reason will be that
you won’t just be trading punches. Let me explain what I mean by this. My
opponent has the greatest leverage and thus his punches will have the greatest
power, when he is throwing punches directly in front of him like so. We
could both stand in front of each other like this. Then we’re just going to end
up trading really big shots. Eventually one of us is going to land
something huge. I would rather not leave anything of the chance.
I really don’t like getting punched in the face. What I’m going to do is, I’m
going to use the pivot to alter the angle of my attack, to a position where I am
still directly facing my opponent. That means that I still have great leverage
to land hard punches but he is no longer directly facing me. That’s going to
limit the effectiveness of his shots. Long story short, it’s
no longer just trade. I’m using the pivot to create an angle to give myself an
advantage. One last little note, is that if I simply sidestepped or hopped over
to the side, I would no longer be in range to throw hard counters. Yet that
pivot allows me to stay within range and switched up my angle of attack. Another
great reason to use the pivot is that the punches themselves now come in from different angles. Here’s what I mean. In close, I want to use my hooks,
uppercuts and body shots. Yet my opponent has a good defensive shell. Most of
my punches are landing on his arms. I pivot off to the side and now I’m still
in punching range yet the angle of my punches has changed. My punches
are now splitting his guard right down the middle. Ouch!
Everyone wants to land combos like Iron Mike but next time watch him
very closely. You’re going to notice that he doesn’t throw these combos
head-on. Tyson is a master of angles. He pivots off to either side to land
those combos with crushing power and precision. Another great reason for the
pivot is a conservation of energy. Who knew boxing was so full of math?
Distance angles and now the conservation of energy.
Here’s what I mean. Watch how many steps my opponent takes for every one
pivot that I make. I am constantly angled towards him making him feel
uncomfortable because I’m always within punching range. Instead of
sidestepping and dancing all around, I’m just using a pivot to save on motion.
He keeps taking five steps to my one. Here’s some more math for
you. Extrapolate all those extra steps over many rounds. That’s going to
equal to him getting tired because he’s wasted a lot more energy than I.
In closing, let me leave you with a simple little drill to practice.
Throw a couple of punches and then pivot. Remember that you want to try and keep
that lead leg in place. I would recommend that you do two or three pivots to one
direction and then try to go the other way. That will get you used to
pivot to both sides and will also stop you from spinning around in circles and
getting dizzy. Practice your straight punches, hooks and uppercuts. Then
throw on the pivot. Adding this little move to your training will definitely up
your boxing game. The next time that you watch the high-level pros on TV,
you’re going to know to keep an eye out for the most underrated move in all
boxing. This has been Mike Gales for Everlast Nutrition. If you like these
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