Very often, watching fights between boxers or fighters from other martial arts with shock equipment, you can notice that after a seemingly light strike, the opponent falls as if knocked down. And vice versa, the boxer does not react to strong missed hits. What is the reason for this?
This article will examine the main components of a knockout punch.
1. Counter strike
The greatest number of knockouts in boxing occurs after missed oncoming blows. The peculiarity of the oncoming strike is that the boxer misses the strike at the moment of movement towards the opponent, i.e. boxer speeds are added up.
Plus, when a boxer strikes, his defensive reaction decreases and he is most vulnerable to a counter strike.
And finally, the most important thing is that counter strikes are usually not visible. You can withstand the powerful blow of the heavyweight that you managed to see. And you can fall into a deep knockout from a child’s blow, if you have not seen and expected this blow.
In the boxing club “Drummer” much attention is paid to counter-strikes. Counter-strikes under the front arm, under the far arm, counter-strikes with movement to the side (sidesteps), etc. are practiced.
2. The blow delivered on time. Good timing.
The blow delivered at the right time is the boxer’s most important quality. You can have very high speed and power of blows, but still lose the matches to less fast and less physically strong opponents.
It turns out that the speed of thinking, decision making is much more important than the speed of strikes and movements in the ring. These qualities allow the boxer not to make unnecessary movements in the ring and strike at the right time.
It is believed that the “manual” speed, as well as the speed of movement on the legs, is very difficult to train and is rather a natural quality of every boxer. But the timing and speed of thinking of a boxer lends itself well to training and grows with experience.
3. The technique of applying a knockout punch.
1) Traditionally, to inflict a powerful blow, it is necessary to observe the leg-trunk-arm sequence. Those. the boxer pushes his foot off the ground, then twisting the body transmits an impulse to the arm and then, with the extension of the arm, brings the blow to the target. By observing just such a sequence, you can achieve a strong knockout blow.
2) It is necessary to maximally put in the energy of leg extension. As a rule, knockout muscles of the legs are better developed than other types of boxers.