Rich Franklins Shares Basic Southpaw Tips
"As a lefty I am always fighting a righty. I run into the problem that my
opponent's lead foot is directly in front of my lead foot. This places us in an open stance. What I am trying to do is circle my
lead foot to the outside the whole time.
I circle to my lead side for two primary reasons, 1) I want to stay away
from his power hand and 2) If I can get my lead leg to the outside of his lead
leg that opens up a lane for my cross to come in. So the whole time I am in the ring he is going to try to
adjust to me stepping to the outside and then I adjust to him. Now the jab comes into play here
because I don't throw my jab here like a traditional straight jab. Some of them I will. But what you will find is that my jab
comes over top, like a loopy jab because I am trying to keep it coming from the
outside of his jab. It looks like
a hook. So, I carry my lead hand a
little wider because of this. I
let my jab hand hang on top as I work for this angle - being on the
The Straight Left Hand
"Once this lane opens up right here, I have set up the
straight left. The
battle is for this optimal position. Most boxers will set up their power punch
stepping straight with their jab.
But as a lefty I have to create the angle, establish this open lane for
their power straight. There is
nothing real tricky about it."