Boxing Basics How 2 Guide

Updated: May 4, 2021

Learn the basics of boxing and begin your journey to pugilistic perfection. Receive masterclass video tutorials, step-by-step explanations, inspirational quotes and training sessions.

rocky Marciano delivering a crushing right hand to joe walcott

A quick word before we begin. For those who have never laced on a pair of gloves before, or thrown a single punch in anger, the best way to approach the preceding How 2 Guide is sequentially and in stages.

Start at Boxing Basics #1: Footwork and, after imbibing the techniques and watching the accompanying tutorial, spend a couple of days practicing before moving on.

This is by far the best method of approach as it will afford you time to focus fully on one technique at a time. If you attempt to implement multiple techniques simultaneously you will certainly impede development. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“You never lose until you actually give up.”

Mike Tyson

Boxing Basics #1: Footwork

It’s no exaggeration to say that footwork is the most important weapon in the boxer’s arsenal. Other than a few freaky exceptions (Dempsey, Marciano and their flat-footed hard-hitting iron-chinned ilk), the best boxers are those who develop superior agility.

To support my argument of the importance of footwork, I typically cite such names as Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali. Great modern-day movers and shakers include Vasyl Lomachenko, Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury – to name but three.

Ok, if I have you convinced on the importance of cultivating quality footwork, let’s have a look at the basics of forming our stance.

Teaching points

  • To manoeuvre your feet into position firstly stand as you normally would whilst in a queue at the post office: feet spaced shoulder-width apart and in-line.

  • Now, assuming you’re right hand dominant (which would make you an orthodox boxer – that is, you lead off the left), draw your right foot back so that your feet are placed on the two opposing corners of an imaginary box.

  • At this point your feet should be shoulder spaced both width and length ways.