How To Box

December 28, 2010 December 28, 2010 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, How to Box 21 Comments

How to Box

Learn how to box in just 15 minutes. Learn how to punch, block, move, and the rules of boxing.


This article started out as a fun answer question and to an impossible question.

Can you show me how to box?

Anytime I meet new people that end up hearing about how I do boxing, the first question I always hear is, “Can you show me how to box?” My immediate answer use to always be, “no” because I didn’t think it was possible to teach boxing in 15 minutes.

Well times have changed and I’ve figured out a very quick routine you can use to show anybody (or even yourself) how to box in 15 minutes. The goal is to make sure they have fun and convert them into boxers or at least people who appreciate boxing that much more. I’ve actually gotten very good at it since I’ve been able to convince dozens of people over the years to pick up boxing. Some of them fell in love with the sport just as much as I did. Even if some people never liked fighting very much, they did appreciate the fights that much more. Imagine how popular boxing would be if we could all appreciate everyone’s appreciation for boxing.¬†end up hearing about how I do boxing, the first question I always hear is, “Can you show me how to box?” My immediate answer use to always be, “no” because I didn’t think it was possible to teach boxing in 15 minutes.

The Game of Boxing

Boxing is a game of outscoring your opponent. You score “points” by being able to hit your opponent with punches. You keep your opponents from scoring points by not letting them hit you. The game also allows for a knockouts which is an automatic win if you manage to knock your opponent out. Because of the chance of getting knocked out, you shouldn’t let your opponent hit you even if you’re way ahead on points. In short, the goal of boxing is to hit and not get hit.

Rules Of Boxing

You can only score points by hitting your opponents with a closed fist and making contact with the knuckles. You can only hit your opponent on the front of their body from the belly button up to the head. Hitting your opponent with any other part of your hand or body is not allowed. Hitting the back of your opponent or below the belly button is not allowed.

Illegal Moves

No cheap shots, hitting below the belt, hitting behind the head, hitting on the break, holding each other’s arms, stepping on each other’s feet, headbutting, elbowing, pushing, etc. If it feels cheap or dirty, it probably is.

Now For Some Boxing Techniques

The Stance

Stand with your dominant hand and dominant foot in the back. Feet are spread about shoulder-width apart with the toes pointing out diagonally at roughly 45 degree angles. Your gloves are generally held to your cheeks with your elbows pointing down. Your knees are bent a little and the back is straight. Your shoulders are turned a little to the side so that your upper-body is not facing your opponent straight on.

Moving Like A Boxer

You can move around the ring however you want. Try to keep your feet close to the ground and slide them or don’t raise them too high off the floor when you lift your feet. You should try not to cross your feet, let them get too close or too far because you can be easily pushed off balance and you wont be in position to punch. Regardless of how you decide to move, try to return to your stance before you punch. Just remember that jumping around will waste a lot of energy.

How To Throw Boxing Punches

  • Jab – punch your front arm straight towards your opponent.
  • Right Cross – throw the back hand straight towards your opponent, pivot your back foot and rotate your whole body into the punch to get more power
  • Left Hook – Pivoting your entire body including the feet, extend your left arm out a little and then swing your fist sideways in front of you as if you’re trying to punch your opponent from the side
  • Left Uppercut – Pivoting your entire body again but instead drop your left fist momentarily before throwing it upwards as you pivot your body.
  • Right Uppercut – Pivot your whole body like you’re throwing a right cross but then drop your right hand a little before throwing it upwards.

Some Punching Tips

  • Straights and hook punches are usually thrown with the fist rotating so that the palm faces the floor when you punch. when you throw uppercuts, rotate the fist to that the palm is facing upwards.
  • You can throw punches one at a time but it’s usually better to throw 3 or 4 at a time. No more than that.
  • Boxers typically aim their punches at the head, the chest, the stomach, the ribs, or anywhere else on the body.
  • Conventionally, fighters will throw straight punches from long distance and then use hooking punches or uppercuts only at close range. You should breathe with each punch to conserve energy and add power. You should also turn your whole body with each punch to maximize punching power.

Basic Boxing Defense

Your basic stance should already provide a reasonable amount of protection. When punches come at you, simply raise your gloves or drop your elbows to block. When you punch with one hand, remember to block with the other hand to decrease your chances of getting caught. Use your right glove to block your opponent’s left hand punches and your left glove to block your opponent’s right hand punches.


This is a combination of defense and offense. Beginners just learning how to box will typically switch off between punching and defending. A more experienced boxer knows how to defend and punch while the opponent is attacking. Once you learn some basic boxing counters, you will learn how to block your opponent’s punch while at the same time attacking him on the side where his punching arm has left a hole. Examples of counter-punches would be to punch over, under, or around your opponent’s punches while he’s punching you. You can also beat his wide punches by throwing a straighter punch right down the middle.


If you can do everything above, CONGRATULATIONS: you’ve passed How To Box 101!

And there you have it. A super simple, quick and easy guide on how to box in 15 minutes or less! Sure I’ve left out a ton of details but it should be enough to get anyone started and boxing (or mimicking boxing) within 15 minutes. Once they’re getting the hang of it, you can then step in and start refining their technique. The goal for the beginner is to make sure they have fun boxing right away. If they’re not going pro, why force them to jab for 2 weeks straight before being allowed to learn other punches?

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peter December 30, 2010 at 1:55 am

that was pretty good summary of how to box. i always enjoy reading your articles there great and reminds me of thing i should concentrate when i start to forget .thanks


luis January 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

right on!
this page tells you how to throw punches,thanks.


Johnny N January 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

thanks guys!
I appreciate the compliments. Happy new year!


sreehari January 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

your tips are extremely useful for streetfight also >thanks!


Deepak April 30, 2011 at 2:19 am

This is awesome…gr8 read


Dex May 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Palm Placement
When i block using the peek a boo style should be my palm facing me or each other.


Johnny N May 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

@Dex – with the peek-a-boo defense your palms are facing you. You can watch videos of Arthur Abraham for an example of the peek-a-boo defense in action.


Kate May 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You explained about the left hook but can you right hook? I have to admit I don’t often get the opportunity to use a right hook


Johnny N May 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

@Kate, most people throw the overhand right instead of a right hook… you can dig right hookercuts to the body sometimes.


Ronald Tucker May 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

I learned the fundamentals of boxing when I lived next door to 3-Time National Golden Gloves Champion, Marcus Anderson( Lightweight)…I always like to hook off of my jab, sometimes I would double up on the hook.

Like most sports…training and practicing deligently is key to success. As good as Marcus was as a Boxer, he always trained( sparring, road work, hitting the speed bag, etc. it definitely will pay off in the ring.


Kevislamiah June 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Love it bro…………………… Nice wan!!!!!


Marcus Tjia July 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

Southpaw Hooks n Crosses
If you are a southpaw, would you right hook and left cross? Also are these shots to the body? Btw great article.


Johnny N August 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

@Marcus Tija – you are correct, southpaws throw left crosses and right hooks. Either of those can go to the head or body. Thanks for reading!


yvonne August 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

hi..when i was trained my trainer taught me to be southpaw tho i was right handed..i am now used to southpaw of course, but my stronger hand/arm is my confused and dont know what to do..please help!!


yvonne August 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

i am right eye dominent. forgot to note that my left arm is strong as well, but not as accurate as my right, but i do use my left alot more (more muscle too) i write with my right hand..should i just stay southpaw? or re-train orthodox?


Johnny N August 6, 2011 at 4:12 am

@yvonne – I would retrain to orthodox. That’s just my opinion…try it for a month and see how fast you improve. If the improvement is tremendous and you have more confidence in both hands, then you know you’ve made the right decision.


yvonne August 21, 2011 at 5:26 am

thank you johnny. i will do so.


Johnny N August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

@yvonne – you’re welcome. let me know how it goes.


A December 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

How do you throw a right hook? just curious sir


Johnny N December 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

Some guys throw an overhand right, which is like a right cross, but have your elbow bent. Other guys throw it like a right hook…which is like left hook but opposite direction and you pivot your right foot while you throw it.


J December 1, 2011 at 12:24 am

Thank you sir, i have learned something new


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