How to Throw a Cross in Boxing

The cross is thrown from the backhand as opposed to the jab which is thrown from your hand nearest to the opponent.

Conventionally a jab is thrown with a ‘twist’ at the end, whereby the thumb is rotated downards towards the floor as the elbow extends.

If you keep the elbow tucked into the side, you can throw a quicker type of jab, however it will be much less powerful.

You can bring the eblow high, and close to your ear to create a slower, more powerful punch.

Force Generation
Keep your back foot ‘on your toes’ with the heel up so you can twist your feet.

Force is generated by twisting the back foot/toes.

If you throw a right cross from orthodox stance, twist the right foot so that the heel moves in a counter clockwise direction.

Force comes from the foot, then the hips, shoulder and finally the arm.

Keep the arm relaxed, do NOT throw the hand first, practice generating power from the feet and hips otherwise you will have a slow and stiff cross.

Set up
A good set up for a cross, is to find your range with a jab or a double jab.


Cross to the body
Lower your level by stepping forwards and bending the lead leg.
Don’t just throw the punching arm towards the target (opponent’s solar plexus) as you will expose the right side of your chin if you throw a right cross.  Drop your level first, then throw straight-forwards.

The cross can be defended against with a parry
A slip – if opponent throws a right cross, you can slip your head outside of it by moving your head to the left.

How to Counter a Cross
The cross can be countered with a jab (which is quicker and can beat the opponent to the punch)

You can parry the cross and counter with your own cross

In Thai boxing or MMA, you can parry or block the cross, and counter with a roundhouse kick