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

Let's finish the series with a bang, looking at killer combos starting off with a lead hook. (If you missed any part of this 3-punch combos series don't fret, you can catch up on the JAB 3-punch boxing combos and the most dangerous 3-punch CROSS combos after this.) 

To make this one even more special and a proper finish to the series, we've added variety in the supportive movement to help you get in the range of your opponent, before you unleash your combinations. Let’s get started!

[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 Is a Good 3-Punch Combo Leading With a Hook?

    The Slip-Slip-3 Body-6-3

    When you are fighting a much taller opponent, boxing combos with slips at the beginning are a good way to get close and negate their straight shots (jab and cross).

    • Shift your weight towards your front foot
    • Slip out
      • Slip towards your back foot together with a step forward with your back foot
    • Slip in
      • Slip towards your front foot together with a step forward with your front foot
    • [3] Lead Hook to the body
      • Pivot your front foot a little as you rotate with the shot
      • Instead of rotating your body back, imagine you cut through a cake with your hook and continue the rotation of your body, getting lower and ready for the uppercut
    • [6] Rear Uppercut
      • Use the rotation you created with the hook as a load-up for the uppercut
      • Throw the uppercut with the feet planted on the ground
    • [3] Lead Hook to the head
      • Throw the lead hook at the head of your opponent and pivot your front foot a little as you rotate with the shot
    • Reset to your stance

    If your opponent throws a jab and you see a rear hook following, slip the jab, roll the hook and execute 3-2-3, instead.

    The first punch has to be very quick because you lose time with the slip and you have to be careful not to injure your lower back and knees with the rotation. Make sure to always properly warm up and include some leg agility drills into your training.

    As you've witnessed in this series, there is no shortage of 3-punch boxing combos to practice. The ones we listed here (and the 2-punch combos we listed in the prior article) are a solid base for any boxer who wants to have a great arsenal of tools they can always rely on.

    Practice your 2- and 3-punch combos over and over again. Try them out sparring, polishing them up on the mitts with your trainer. Drill them while shadowboxing in front of the mirror, and unleash them on the heavy bag. Whenever you face an opposition that's challenging, think about the problems they present you with and pick the right combos accordingly. Combine 2- and 3-punch combos. Vary your boxing combos with footwork. Record videos of yourself training and analyze what you did well and what you need to work on. Make space for your punches and don't let the opposition interrupt you. These are all ways to work on your basic boxing combos and level-up your boxing technique.

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


    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.