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

feat-part-xj-mike-tyson-combinations-gif Combo #10 out of 12: jab – left uppercut – left hook 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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Here we discuss jab – left uppercut – left hook which is referred to as 7 – 3 – 1 in the number system of Cus D’Amato.

Peekaboo or not?

This is not peek-a-boo exclusive. It was typical for Tyson to throw 3-4-punch sequence from the same hand. More than 2-punch sequence from the same hand (e.g. jab – left hook, jab – left uppercut or recent right hand to the body – right uppercut to the head in Part Xd) are rare. We begin exploring 3-4-punching sequence from the same hand here and will discuss them in other parts of the series.

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Developing the Technique

You can often see this combination by Manny Pacquiao or recent Miguel Cotto when doing pad-work with Freddie Roach. No wonder that it is Tyson in the example below on pads with Freddie when they were preparing to fight Danny Williams in 2004. However, we are absolutely certain, Mike worked on this combo with D’Amato. Below is an example of Mike Tyson practicing this combination while shadow boxing in early days, working on heavy bag and mitts, and sparring:

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Do not forget to drill the left slip or v-bob after the last punch.


We discuss the variety of combinations, and they look very different, so you might be lost in all these details. This is why it is important to unify, not just diversify. If you recall the combination #1 jab – right hand feint – left uppercut in Part Xa and #2 jab – right hand body – left hook in Part Xb, then we can say the combination #10 jab – left uppercut – left hook is a blend of combinations #1 and #2. You throw the jab, then shoulder whirl the right shoulder forward, so that your left shoulder can return in the initial position for the left uppercut. Throw the left uppercut and again shoulder whirl the right shoulder forward, so that the left shoulder can return in the initial position for the left hook. Throw the left hook.

During the bringing of the right shoulder forward (to recoil for the left hand punch), it is quite natural to imitate or feint a right hand punch to the body or head by extending the right hand. This is why the combination can be referred to as jab – (right hand feint) – left uppercut – (right hand feint) – left hook , which makes it literally the blend of jab – right hand feint – left uppercut + jab – right hand body – left hook.

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Applying in Fighting

So far we can not find any example of the combination in fighting in the same form as it was during training. It seems that during the training, this combination is a great way to add more complexity to punching and force your body to act more explosively. The examples of an uppercut-semi-left hook-left hook, triple left uppercut or triple left hook , which have common points with what we exploring here, we will discuss in other articles.

If we compare Pacquiao / Cotto and Tyson, Mike never sacrificed the transition into the “textbook-like” initial position for throwing an uppercut / hook for the sake of delivery speed. Mike always dipped low, dropped hand to the hip and brought the opposite shoulder far forward. All these allowed to snap the punch properly with a slight delivery speed penalty (not the snapping speed). Therefore, all Tyson’s blows were hard. Pacquiao / Cotto version of this combination was crumpled, without proper accent or snap. We reckon this was the case because Freddie fighters often rely more on pad-work and neglect heavy bag.

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