Proper Stance in the ring

Proper Stance in Boxing

The perfect posture will be the one that is most suited to your style, your skills, and abilities and may not be the same as your favorite boxer. The best boxing stance for you will be balanced among multiple important attributes to fight. Your boxing stance should have the following:

  • Stability and Mobility.
  • Power and Defense.
  • Flexibility and Security.
  • Reach and Balance.

Most of all you need to feel comfortable on your own stance while moving in the ring if you are not comfortable enough then there is something you might have to adjust.

The proper posture will give you solid strength in each hand but will still allow you to effectively defend yourself from being counterattacked. The proper boxing posture will give you good reach with both hands without having to reach your punches or be vulnerable to being pushed and losing balance. The correct position in boxing gives you a good reach with both hands without having to stretch to connect or be vulnerable to be pushed and lose balance.

Foot placement

  • The placement of your foot is probably the most important aspect of your boxing stance. Where he places his foot on the floor and determines his advantage and disadvantage in the offense, defense, and mobility. Because everything starts on the floor, it is crucial that you learn the proper positioning of the feet before other aspects (hand placement) of the boxing stance.

Finger-Heel Alignment

  • The first thing that any fighter should learn in what the basic stance refers to is the finger-heel line. Simply place your foot shoulder-width apart from each other (or maybe a few inches more open) and place them on the line of your finger and heel. The finger-heel alignment will serve as a great guide to any boxing beginner who wants to learn how to position his feet correctly.

General Principles of the Boxing Posture

The heel of the back foot is always slightly raised. Being pointed with the back foot gives you more mobility. The heel of the front foot may be on the ground but try to place more weight on the front foot. Their feet are separated by the width of the shoulders or a few inches more.

Your knees will always be bent. This gives them more strength, more balance, and more mobility. Your hips will always be relaxed and heavy which will give you more balance and more power. Boxers who tighten their torso will usually lift their hips which makes it easy for them to lose their balance and also expend energy more quickly.

Your weight has to be distributed 50/50 between the front and the back leg. Anyway, you can distribute 55/45 giving the back leg more weight. The common mistake is to put a lot of weight on the front foot which makes it difficult to get out quickly and also take the strength of the right cross.

Proper Boxing stance


The shoulders and arms have to be relaxed. Elbows down, hands up, chin. His shoulders just have to point to his opponent. They should not be very square leaving your stomach wide open. Your frontal arm should cover most of your body. Your backhand should be at eye level raised at a diagonal angle to your jaw. Your backhand is responsible for protecting the direct left jabs as well as the left hooks that come from the sides. Your left hand will be raised in the air 1 foot from your face. The left hand is sufficiently raised to cover his face worse low enough to allow him to see over it. He is close to his face for the defense against his crossed right hands to his head but also stays up so that his jab can get out faster giving his opponent less time to defend or counterattack against him.

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Peter A Soto is a Black Belt with more than 20 years of experience, athlete, teacher and webmaster. Based in the city of San Diego, California.