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6 Types of Basic Boxing Punches
December 21, 2022

6 Types of Basic Boxing Punches

It can be amazing to see professional fighters display the highest level of their sport. Some beginners can be intimidated by this. For anyone just beginning boxing, it is important to learn the six basic punches of boxing.

These fundamental moves can be broken down into a punch number system that is the heart of all boxing combinations.

1 = The Jab2 =The Cross3 =The Lead Hook4 =The Rear Hook5 =The Lead Uppercut6 =The Rear Uppercut

What are the different types of punches in a box?

There are six (6) punches included in the punch count numbering system. However, they can be further broken down into four (4) main boxing punches.

These are the four types of punches:

  1. Jab

  2. Cross

  3. Hook

  4. Uppercut

These are the six main punches, as well as variations based on right and left hands that require slightly different positioning.


This is how different punches in boxing have been numbered. Boxing punch numbers 1 through 6 are numbered in a way that is easier to remember and helps to create winning combinations.

This punch number system is based upon an Orthodox boxing stance. It is broken down as follows:

  • All even-numbered punches can be made right-hand.

  • All odd-numbered punches can be used as left-hand punches

Boxing workouts often include boxing combinations that use punch count numbers to identify drills. These are some of the most basic combinations for boxing using the numbering system.

  • 1 – 2 = Jab – Cross

  • 3 – 4 = Lead Hook – Rear Hook

  • 5 – 6 = Lead Uppercut – Rear Uppercut

These numbers are important for beginners. They will be used often in boxing training and drills. Trainers can easily call out punch combinations in boxing by using punch numbers.


Now that you have a better understanding of the punch number system, it is time to start learning the moves.


  • Take a fighting stance and keep your fists in guard.

  • Keep your elbow straight out in front of you, and your fist should be aligned with the starting point.

  • Quickly return your fist to your face.

You should practice the jab with a more rapid motion than a strong one.


  • Take the same fighting position with your fists in guard.

  • As you pivot on your backfoot, rotate your hips and angle your body toward the front.

  • Rotate and pivot your arm, extending your rear arm forward. Use your shoulder to power you.

  • Your body should be in a fighting stance. Then, rotate your back and bring your rear hand back into guard.


  • Begin in a fighting stance, keeping your fists in guard.

  • To transfer your weight onto your lead leg, rotate your body forward.

  • Your elbow should be bent at 90 degrees.

  • To follow your fist, pivot on your lead leg and rotate your body.

  • As you follow-through, your elbow will be bent at 90 degrees.

Not to be confused: This is one of the most difficult (but most powerful!) punches you can throw.


  • Begin in a fighting stance, keeping your fists in guard.

  • Your elbow should be bent at 90 degrees.

  • While rotating your hips, rotate your body and pivot on your rear foot.

  • Your elbow should remain bent, and your hook punch should be delivered almost directly in front of you.


  • Take a fighting stance, keeping your fists in guard.

  • Keep your knees bent and do a low squat.

  • Your lead arm should be at a 90-degree angle to your body.

  • Use the power of your legs and body to drive your fist up into a punch, keeping your elbow bent.


  • Take a fighting stance, keeping your fists in guard.

  • Keep your knees bent and do a low squat.

  • Your rear arm should be at a 90 degree angle to your body.

  • As with the cross and rear hook, pivot on the back foot, rotate your hips, and then drive your fist up for the punch. Keep your elbow bent.

These six (6) punches are the foundation of any great boxer, and they form part of every great match.

The foundation for becoming a skilled boxer is to learn the six basic punches. Although some of these punches or boxing combinations may seem more natural than others, beginners will soon feel comfortable and become more proficient with their practice. Every boxer has their favorite boxing combos and they start to make their own. To really excel, it is important to feel comfortable with all of the tools you have.


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