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3-Punch Boxing Combos: Leading with the Cross (Pt. 2)

Welcome to the second article in our 3-punch combos series! In the first one, we took a look at boxing punch combos starting with jab. Here, we turn our focus to 3-punch boxing combos starting off with the cross.

Unlike turn-based games, in boxing your time to think and move uninterrupted isn’t guaranteed. This is why you need to make space and time for your punches. A landed lead cross (almost anywhere on your opponent - head, core, guard, shoulder, chest) is likely to make your opponent pause. And if your cross gets countered mid-way, you can use that as a signal to abort the rest of the combo.

[Note: When you punch, you can choose to throw stationary or with a step. In these articles, we will instruct the combinations with a step.]

What Are Some of the Best 3-Punch Combos Starting With a Cross?

The 2-6-3


  • Shift your weight towards your back foot
  • [2] Cross
    • Step forward with your leading foot as you extend the cross
    • As you bring your rear hand back, your back foot catches up and you rotate the body to load up for the uppercut
  • [6] Rear Uppercut
    • As you rotate your body with the uppercut - keep your feet planted on the ground
  • [3] Lead Hook
    • The center of your weight shifts to your back foot, creating a bit of space between you and the opponent
    • Front foot pivots together with the shot
  • Reset to your stance

The 2-3 Body-5


  • Shift your weight towards your back foot
  • [2] Cross
    • Step forward with your leading foot as you extend the cross
    • As you take the step, rotate/twist your upper body to load up for the hook
  • [3] Lead Hook to the body (if you are fighting from orthodox stance - that's a liver shot)
    • While rotating with the hook, your back foot catches up with the step you made with your front foot
    • As you bring back the leading hand, rotate again to load up for the uppercut
  • [5] Lead Uppercut
    • Feet should be planted on the ground as you rotate with the uppercut
  • Reset to your stance

Here the focus should be on the hook and the uppercut. Make your opponent lean over to protect the liver and then catch their chin with the uppercut.

    So there you have some of the best Lead Cross 3-punch combos in boxing. As always, make sure to put your theoretical knowledge to practice and train your newly acquired skills while shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, in sparring, and using mitts.

    We can't wait to see you in the third and final part of this series! Stay tuned!

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    The Author: Nikolay Tsenkov is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and boxing aficionado. He started training late, when he was 26 years old. One of his biggest regrets in life is that he never competed. For several years he has trained alongside national and European champions and professional boxers. He is an avid student of boxing, but enjoys all sorts of martial arts.