What is your favorite punch?

June 20, 2008 June 20, 2008 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, Boxing Mailbag 14 Comments

Q: What’s your favorite punch in boxing and why?

A: I have 3.

1) The left hook – it’s fast, hits very hard, can be difficult to see, and can knockout your opponent when aimed at the head or the body. It’s easy to throw as a counter-punch since it comes in from the side and does massive damage to the other boxer since it spins the head making it the perfect knockout punch. You can give it different angles to make it more straight like a left cross or throw it from below to make it a half-hook or half uppercut. This creates even more angles for you to use to knockout other boxers.

2) The jab – it’s fast, can be used to create damage, open cuts, make space, counter-punch, and used for offense or defense. Lastly, it sets up all your big punches and when turned into a left cross can itself be a knockout weapon.

3) The right cross – it’s the heavy punch, the main knockout punch and rams all your power straight into your opponent.

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Tarek Gordon September 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

favorite punch
Mine is the jab because it is so versatile. It is quick, does decent damage, and can interrupt opponent’s combos. Other than that, I like the straight because it is satisying to hit someone with.


jono September 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

the jab rocks
that’s the bread and butter punch. i just have so much fun and satisfaction landing that big left hook!


Daniel Gonzalez December 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

It sets everything up and sets the tone of the fight altogether. If used properly it is the most effective, as it sets up all of your other favorite punches. I actually like to start and finish most of the combinations I throw with the jab.


Jay Wozniak March 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

My right body hook as a southpaw, I love this punch I throw it all day. I especially love to sneak it behind a light jab to the face.


Amit July 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Left Hook
I broke the heavy bag’s chain with left hook and it dropped near about 5-6 feet away from me


BabyFacedAssassino November 21, 2011 at 3:47 am

Jab, left hook, cross… Boxing 101 but unfortunately they are obviously most used and therefore easiest to defend against and counter off… My personal favourites overhand right, left uppercut from the outside, but boxing is all about combinations and single punches are inneffective, combinations are key


Conor March 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

Mines the right hand lead. I watch mayweather fights literally every night, what he does is perfection. I’ve watched him ever since I started boxing and my coach used to tell ne off for not being orthodox. But now I think he appreciates my shoulder rolling, lack of jabs, hard lead right hands and footmovement 😀 #moneyteam


M Lawrence Pineda October 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I wouldn’t advise trying to copy Floyd’s technique. He’s successful with moves like the shoulder roll because he’s been practicing it for around 35 years. It’s a good way for another boxer to get cleaned out by right hands. Look what happened to Adrien Broner. I don’t understand what’s wrong with defending right hands using boxing basics. Keep the left hand up high, don’t leave left-hand shots dangling, (pull the left back instantly after punching.) Also, simply weave down or slightly to your own right side after firing a left. Sometimes, even using the rear hand crossed over and guarding the left side of your face is effective. Learn to step/shuffle to your own right side. This is good boxing. Everyone is so worried about looking good and flashy instead of mastering tried and true boxing basics first. Good luck with your boxing.


Joey October 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

My favorite punch is the left hook to the body. it is somewhat like an uppercut. as a southpaw the hook has some power with it.


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J April 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I like every punch, even the right hook, at the end of the if it does damege i like it, but the most important punch is the jab, it does so much.


M Lawrence Pineda October 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

It’s hard to argue against the effectiveness of a technically sound left hook. The important thing to remember is that a knockout or the greatest punching damage comes when the head is violently whipped up, back, or around. This causes a severe reaction to the central nervous system. That’s why the chin is the best target, with the temple areas, the nose, and the right side of the opponent’s torso. One extremely damaging punching is the rear-hand uppercut. It was created for inside fighting. In close, uppercuts combined with short hooks are tremendous. It’s a shot that has to be learned and mastered. Uppercuts with the lead hand are also deadly because they are so unexpected. Why? A powerful, well-placed uppercut snaps the foe’s head around, has an element of surprise, and splits right through all this high, upraised guard almost every boxer wants to use these days. But thrown at the right time and with correct form, the uppercut is almost guaranteed to hurt your opponent badly. It’s definitely a punch worth mastering.


Gabriel Soliman November 27, 2014 at 6:50 am

Hmm… As a southpaw, but a converted righty, People would expect me to say right hook (lead side), since my right hand is the dominant one, but no… I have three favourite punches. A straight left, a left cross, and an overhand left.


hajime no ippo January 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm


I have long arms&reach so can use uppercuts easily from any range I want to. And it can hurt opponents even behind their guard. Most fighters (except advanced ones) doesn’t have a good defense against it.

I use uppercuts to deal damage or to make my opponent drop his guard to block them and then, their face is open for hook or right hand.


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