Amateur fighters tend to focus on the head and often times forget the body. The best way you can come out strong in Round 1 and reduce your opponents stamina immediately is by making a level change. In order to capitalize upon doing this you need to make sure your range gauge is spot on first; then staying aware and cautious of any potential counters to your own head while attacking their kidneys, liver, ribs, etc.
Think back to when you first began boxing. You probably worked in a one-dimensional plane, in and out. Level changes take your fight into 3D by also working up and down. Remember to squat low and throw out, not down.
Beginner Drills - Lower 2nd's: In three punch combos on the heavy bag, or mitts if you're ready, throw combinations with every first and third punch being up top/to the head and every second punch to downstairs/to the body. For example, 1-2body-1 or 2-3body-2. Intermediate/Expert Drills - Level Change Combos: Working with a partner on mitts, throw combinations mixing in shots to the head and body as well as defensive moves. For example: 1-2body-1-2-3-slip-1, 1-2-3-slip-3body-2, 2-2body-1body-1-1-roll-3.
All of December we will be focusing on level-changing at APEX in our APEXboxing and APEXfight classes. Share some of your combos in the comments below or show and tag us on IG @apexhumanperformance!