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

feat-part-xk-mike-tyson-combinations-gif Combo #11 out of 12: jab to the body – left hook to the head of body 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 to the body – left hook to the head or body, which are referred to as 8 – 1 or 8 – 5 in the number system of Cus D’Amato respectively.

Peekaboo or not?

This is the second combination of all 10 combinations considered that can be accurately labelled as an original combination of the peek-a-boo style. The first combination was 6-4 in Part Xd.

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Developing the Technique

In the first video clip below, Mike Tyson is working on 8-5-1 with the help of Kevin Rooney and throwing 7-8-1 on the heavy bag:

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The essence of 8-1 and 8-5

The essence of the combination 8-1 is in undetected for the opponent loading of the left leg. Once the weight is on the left leg, you can throw the left hook or leaping left hook. The classic combination that Tyson also used consists of a jab to the head, weight shift on the left leg with the help of a left slip or forward lunge, and a left hook or a leaping left hook. Apart from Tyson, the multiple examples of this classic variation can be found in knockdowns and knockouts by Roy Jones and Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales.

The combination of 8-1 or 8-5 begins with the peek-a-boo-ish jab to the body (8) or its feint. After that, you do not straighten you body or bounce back. Instead, you use momentum to move forward on a diagonal to get to the right side of the opponent. Then you throw a left hook to the head (1) or body (5).

Peek-a-boo-ish jab to the body

Peek-a-boo-ish straight left to the body is executed with the help of a half-180-turn (a.k.a. half-twist) to the right while crouching and extending left arm in such a way, that the elbows points at the ceiling. We say “half-180-turn” because earlier we discussed “180 degree turn in one motion” as one of the evasive moves / drills in Part Id. So,”half-180-turn” refers to “90 degree turn in one motion”.

Diagonal weight-shift

The examples from the training suggest that the diagonal shift is executed with a technique similar to a single dip with a step outside discussed in Part Ib, Sec 3. We believe it appears so, because Tyson is standing close to Rooney and the heavy bag. The examples from fighting (see section below) clearly show that it is necessary to jump (not just step) to overcome a considerable distance to the opponent. If you look closely, the technique coincides with the technique of the “slide leap”, which we previously discussed as a part of evasive moves /drill in Part Id.

Left hook

Outside left hook to the head is described in Part VIa, Sec 1.

Evasive moves after the last punch

Do not forget to drill the left-to-right roll under (Part Ic) or diagonal v-bob outside (Part Ib, Sec 2) after the last punch (left hook) as shown in some fragments from the example above.

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Applying in Fighting

The video clip below shows footages from an amateur fight and sparring in 17 years old, one of the first pro fights and pro fight 28 against Trevor Berbick for the world title:

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We can learn from examples in fighting that the maneuver is more likely to be successful if the opponent does not bounce back after a straight left to the body for some reason. A trivial example in the bottom right does not count, because the opponent was the same height with Tyson. Therefore, one should not immediately rush to the opponent with this technique like Tyson tried in the top right when he was sparring in 17 years. Instead, it is wise to make the opponent circle in the ring using jabs and classic jabs to the body like Tyson did in the top left in a title fight against Trevor Berbick. Another example is in the bottom left quadrant from one of his amateur fights. We already used this example in discussion of defense against an uppercut in Part IV, Sec. 1. Here Tyson was circling with opponent before the maneuver, so he was not ready to respond to the sudden lunge inside followed by a left hook.

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One Response to Development of a Peek-A-Boo Boxer: Part Xk

  1. Adam says:

    Appreciate these breakdowns; thanks!

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