More on stepping off the X

I will advance the devil's advocate point of view and say that moving off the X itself can actually put you into a worse situation if the movement isn't well executed and appropriately implemented.

Let’s think in terms of boxing. A right handed boxer fighting another right handed boxer with continually move to the left. The reason is that this forces a counter movement by the attacker before he can place the defender at the full extension of the straight right (preferred weapon #1). In addition it puts the defender outside range of the left hook or uppercut (the money shot).

Moving to the right on the other hand puts the defender still well within reach of the straight right. In fact, it may even give the attacker a better angle and slightly more extension. While it may or may not jam the left hook, it does nothing to mitigate the potential uppercut. Since the right handed attacker will drop-step off their left foot (to the defender’s right side), any movement the defender makes to defender’s the right is easier and quicker for the right handed attacker to adjust to.

This is why boxers hate to fight a southpaw. They now have to counter years of training and move in the other direction, to their right (southpaw attacker’s left).

Next time you watch boxing, notice that well trained boxers (like Bernard Hopkins) will slip the straight right to the their left, leaving the attacker crossed up and putting themselves outside of the range of follow up shots while opening up the attackers ribcage for some juicy body shots. This way, they don’t just “step off the X” but at the same time let the attacker step onto the X.


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