Coach Joe’s Boxing Technique: Canelo’s Counter-Right from Orthodox


Boxers often wonder how they can become better counter-punchers.  Boxing training is all about drilling these counters over and over.


Here’s how Canelo lands a great counter-right on Cotto.

  • Canelo has Cotto’s jab timed so that he knows when to react.
  • Canelo drops his hips and loads his weight on the back foot.
  • Canelo explodes using his legs and turns his elbow slightly upward so that the punch lands over Cotto’s left shoulder.
  • Canelo drives through the punch but remains on balance.

This punch nearly floored Cotto; it would have easily dropped most boxers.

At Boxing at the Depot we practice this counter-punch in several ways:

  • On the focus mitts.
  • In controlled sparring with many different opponents.
  • On the double-end bag.

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About Coach Joe

BA, M.Ed., USA Boxing Level 2 Coach, USA Boxing Level 1 Official, USA Boxing Level 1 Referee

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