Development of a Peek-A-Boo Boxer: Part Xf

feat-part-xf-mike-tyson-combinations-gif Combo #6: flurries of uppercuts & hooks in the peekaboo style of Cus D’Amato with examples by Mike Tyson.






1. Developing the technique; | 2. Applying in fighting;


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Mike Tyson is well known for throwing 4-6 punching combos. For simplicity, we separated all examples into two major categories: uppercuts (or shovel hooks) and body hooks (or outside hooks).

Peekaboo or not?

Flurries of uppercuts & hooks are not genuinely peek-a-boo and were used by fighters before Mike Tyson and Floyd Patterson. The most notable example is Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard used them as well.

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Developing The Technique

We already described the mechanics of flurries of uppercuts / shovel hooks in Part VIa. Body hooks are “ground floor” outside hooks, which are also talked about in Part VIa. The only missing link and how to throw the outside hooks in a flurry. The are two main differences in the mechanics of the body hooks flurry compared to the flurry of uppercuts / shovel hooks. First, you must position your feet further than the shoulder width. Second, apart from the quick waist turn, there is an additional fundamental punching element used in the body hooks flurry which is not present in the flurry of uppercuts / shovel hooks: partial body pivot. This is something we have not talked about yet in our main series the Science of Mike Tyson & Elements of Peek-a-boo. We are preparing part VIb for that.

Uppercuts / Shovel Hooks

We already described the mechanics of flurries of uppercuts / shovel hooks in Part VIa. Below is an example by Mike Tyson practicing the flurry during shadow boxing, working on heavy bag, mitts, and applying the combo in a fight:

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As a rule of thumb, the shadow boxing speed should be 2 times higher than the speed on heavy bag or mitts. This means if you want to condition yourself for 3-4 punches on heavy bag or mitts be mentally ready to throw 6-8 punches while the shadow boxing during equal time period.

Body Hooks

Basically, body hooks are “ground floor” outside hooks, which we described in Part VIa. Below is an example by Mike Tyson practicing the combo on the heavy bag, polishing it in sparring and applying it in a fight. Additionally, there is an example of Vasyl Lomachenko using this combo in an amateur fight, which was most certainly inspired by Mike Tyson:

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Unlike the flurry of uppercuts and shovel hooks, we have never seen an example of shadow boxing with the flurry of body hooks. We leave it up to your creativity.

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Applying in Fighting

Tip 1. The main foreseen difficulty is that if your punches are not sensitive enough, i.e. they do not do much damage, you can be easily interrupted by a hook counter because you leave yourself wide open especially when flurrying with body hooks. Therefore, the best tip would be feel your opponent first with a single body punch, then two punches in a row. Once you soften his body, he will react to the body punch by bending and covering up. Only then you can unleash the full flurry. Read in the next tip why.

Tip 2. Mike would almost always throw these flurries to the body to distract the opponent before directing the attack to the head. This means that after 3-4 body punches, he would finish the combo with 1-2 punches to the head, normally hooks. Now going back to the tip 1, notice that in the above example of the body hooks flurry, Vasyl Lomachenko managed to knock down his opponent. How? Because the opponent got impatient receiving the body hooks and thought he could have stopped it, because the hooks were not that hard rather than annoying. This is exactly what Lomachenko wanted, because as soon as the opponent opened up, he lifted the attack from the body to the head.

Tip 3. Another similar observation is that during the competitive fight, while the opponent is still sharp, he won’t let you batter him with 4-6 punches in a row. Therefore, practice 4-6 punching during sparring or working on the heavy bag / mitts, but prepare yourself to throw only 3 punch combo in a real fight, for instance, two body hooks or two uppercuts followed by one hook to the head:

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