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Best Fight Stance for a Taller Fighter

caj461202011-03-24 13:14:34 +0000 #1
What fight stance would best be used for a taller fighter that fights a smaller fighter? For predominately boxing, but I would be interested in hearing thoughts on a kickboxing stance.

I'm about 6 feet tall, weight about 175, and have been kickboxing for a while. In sparring, I fought a great counter puncher who would wait for my straight right to fly, slip left and just light me up with body shots. Then I'd start hesitating on the right and focusing on my defense, then he'd start with combos to the upper body and head. I use a traditional stance and would love to know how to use my height and reach better to my advantage.

The guy I was sparring with had a lot of experience and gave me some tips afterward, but I've thought I'd ask here since I've been lurking since the days of Drunken Gamer, circa 2004.
WEREWOLF2011-03-24 13:28:41 +0000 #2
I'm no pro but my eldest son is tall and lanky and whenever I box with him I tell him to use his jab and fight tall. Lower your center of gravity like normal but lean back slightly guard up, don't fight flat footed, circle away from your opponent's power hand and fire off a hard fast jab repeatedly. Time it to disrupt your opponents offense and don't leave it hanging. If you have a reach advantage on your opponent, use it. Make a concerted effort to keep your opponent at the end of your reach. Don't let him get inside where your reach advantage is nullified. The jab is the key. If he does get inside tie him up.

Watch tape of Lennox Lewis or current footage of W. Klitschko to see two pros who know how to fight tall and use their size and reach advantages masterfully.

As for kickboxers who fight tall... Semmy Schilt fights very much like W. Klitschko, leaning back and using a powerful jab to keep opponents off balance and at the end of his range. Of course, these fighters have massive height and reach advantages over most opponents but there is no reason their techniques can't be applied on a less dramatic scale.
caj461202011-03-24 14:02:19 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by WEREWOLF

As for kickboxers who fight tall... Semmy Schilt fights very much like W. Klitschko, leaning back and using a powerful jab to keep opponents off balance and at the end of his range. Of course, these fighters have massive height and reach advantages over most opponents but there is no reason their techniques can't be applied on a less dramatic scale.

Wasn't Semmy Schilt a right handed fighter who fought south paw? A friend the other day was telling me that was a big reason, if not the main reason, his jab was much more powerful.
Ash2011-03-24 13:49:44 +0000 #4
That is correct.

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