THE BOXING CROSS
HOW TO HIT WITH A CROSS PUNCH
The Boxing Cross
Punch or the Cross Punch or, simply the Cross, is a punch used to deliver a powerful blow to
your opponent. It is frequently used to knock out or stop your opponent immediately. It generates its power from
using all the force brought into it by bringing the arm back to a further starting point and then picking up
speed and power as it travels across the body.
perform a Cross, the rear arm springs forward in a straight line like a piston coming out of a chamber. It then
returns in a straight line back to it's starting point.
HOW TO DO THE CROSS
The rear hand is around the
middle of the chest and just below the chin level (see: Fighters Stance); a few to several
inches away from the body.
The elbow is straight
The hand is upwards and, ideally,
open although many fighters keep their hands closed or clenched in a fist. Boxers will always keep
their hands clenched because that is the nature of their fighting style.
The punch starts out moving directly across the upper body, straight like
an arrow that was just released from a fully pulled bow.
The arm moves outward until fully straightened at which time
it is pounded into the targeted spot of your opponent. This should always be the knock
out spot. The power is much like a cannon and this is a
common metaphor for comparing the delivery of a cross punch.
This punch is appropriatedly
called, "the cross" because of the way the punch moves straight across the body.
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