Why Are Southpaws So Hard to Fight
The majority of fighters are orthodox, meaning there is not a whole lot of training experience against quality and natural southpaw fighters. Another reason is that it changes the dynamic of the striking game in how you set up your offense, jabs don't have an easy path to the opponents face, rather they collide.
So, what's the southpaw boxing strategy? Southpaws make up a minority of professional boxers, and therefore orthodox fighters might not fight them regularly. So, southpaws will be used to the kinds of angles that orthodox fighters throw their shots from, but the reverse may not be true. This is especially the case in the amateurs, where orthodox fighters don’t have as much time to get used to their opponents and make adjustments.
Most fighters are orthodox, so southpaws can be hard to fight because fighters have less experience against them. That's the advantage. It's not bad to learn to fight both ways, many fighters have been successful in switching hands.
Think about the major tool of gauging distance from an orthodox stance, the jab. It's your basic measuring stick. Against a southpaw, their hand is in the way, it screws up your distance and timing so you can't line up your shots as easily. A southpaw rarely has a solid jab since they would be jabbing into a fist, they learn to gauge distance differently.
Another thing which could cause a problem (to both fighters) in a southpaw/orthodox match-up are head clashes due to the southpaw coming in from different angles. This can cause cuts, which could impair the vision of a fighter depending on where and how bad the injury is.
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