Development of a Peek-A-Boo Boxer: part Ic

rolls-under-logo-150px-jpg(WIP) Rolls under in peek-a-boo. Detailed study of the third type of evasive moves using examples by Mike Tyson.







1. (WIP) Technique

2. (WIP) Shadow boxing & heavy bag

3. Slip bag

4. Work in pairs & mitt | pad work

5. Extra suggestions


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More detailed on the third type of evasive moves: the roll under. How it is being trained in different curcumstances. The content of the article will be updated.

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Note on Technique


Two sid bends then roll under

Previously in Part Ia, we discussed triple side bends left- right – left. In order to avoid repetitive trajectories of head movements, sometimes Mike would simply bend knees and do the third side bend at the “ground floor”, which becomes the roll under:

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Notice that for the sake of consistency two clips in the example above are flipped horizontally, so Mike does side bend to the left, then to the right and follows with the roll under from right on to left in all clips. This means that he drilled the mirrored version as well: side bend to the right, then to the left and roll under from left to right.

Some people claim this technique is the genuine peekaboo technique [Tight Defense]. We disagree. We can quickly trace the technique to fighters like Charles Burley and Joe Fraizer.

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Shadow Boxing & Heavy Bag

Mike would always incorporate some defensive moves after the last punch throw when he was shadow boxing or working on a heavy bag.

Single roll


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Double rolls


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Slip Bag

Example of Mike Tyson doing double roll under the heavy bag:


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Work in Pairs & Mitt | Pad Work


You may drill rolls under with a partner who would simulate an incoming punch, usually a hook.

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Extra Suggestions

We believe working with a partner is the best when drilling rolls under. The second best option is the slip bag. However, If you do not have a partner and you cannot hang a slip bag, you may consider using the heavy bag temporaly like Rocki Marciano, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, and Sergio Martinez did [1-4]:

Below is an example of young Mike Tyson practicing flurry of uppercuts | shovel hooks:

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1. Rocky Marciano Rare Training Footage. youtube

2. “Sugar Ray Leonard in England” (Documentary). youtube

3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Boxing Documentary. youtube

4. Sergio “La Maravilla” Martinez Training (2000’s). youtube; youtube

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2 Responses to Development of a Peek-A-Boo Boxer: part Ic

  1. evan weaver says:

    Please, please, PRETTY PLEASE do not stop this series (in conjunction with the Tyson style)! These are some of the greatest lessons I have seen online or in person. If you could, the ONLY improvement I could possibly see would be to have “sample” workouts or templates from which we could design a program for ourselves, be it at home by ourselves or at the gym with sparring partners. Oh yeah, and to have a new one every day! 😉 Sincerely love your work.

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