Boxing Stance For Beginners

Finding the perfect boxing stance is the foundation for any boxer. Stance maketh the boxer. And for beginners, getting the stance right is the most important element. The first thing that you should NOT do is copy the stance of your favorite boxer. You have to choose the stance that can bring your strengths to the forefront and hide your weaknesses, as much as possible.

There are 2 basic types of stances; Orthodox boxing stance and Southpaw boxing stance. Orthodox is for boxers who are right-handed and the southpaw is for those who are left-handed.

Why is a boxing stance so important?

The importance of a boxing stance can be understood by 8 simple words: Power

  • Defense
  • Range
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Security
  • Stability
  • Mobility

All of the attributes mentioned above are dependent on your stance. You need to be able to generate power in your punches, make defensive movements, be flexible, counter your opponent’s moves and do everything else out of your stance.

How you can get the perfect boxing stance?

First, you have to choose the type of stance; orthodox or southpaw.


Orthodox stance, as mentioned above, is for boxers that are right handed. You have to stand with your left foot and left hand in front of you. So basically you have to place your weaker side in front of your opponent.


Southpaw stance is for left-handed boxers. Keep your right foot and right hand forward. Why keep your weaker side placed ahead? You may start thinking that and the answer is that you have to generate power from your lead hand and you can’t do that if it is held in the front. You jab with your off hand and throw powerful crosses with the lead hand.

Foot Placement

Stances foot placement | Boxing Stance

  • Your feet should be about shoulder length apart.
  • Move your lead leg to the front and angle the foot at 45 degrees from the back leg.
  • The foot of the lead leg is planted on the ground but the majority of the weight should be shifted to the ball of the foot.
  • The heel of the back foot should be slightly off the ground. This improves your mobility.
  • Bend your knees slightly, this is for balance and power.
  • The weight distribution between both feet should be equal. Put too much weight on one foot and you will give up your mobility.
  • You will, however, have to shift weight to either foot during training or fighting.

Hands & Upper Body

Get the foot placement right and do the following for the upper body:

Hand placement | Boxing Stance

  • Relax your shoulders and arms. Bring the hands up to your chin, elbows bent.
  • Keep your chin down.
  • If you have the foot placement right, then your body should be turned slightly.
  • The front arm should cover the exposed part of your upper body.
  • The arm at the back should protect your cheek and eye.
  • Keep your vision clear at all times.

What are the common mistakes boxers make with stances?

You should always be mindful of these common mistakes that new boxers make with their stances

  • Squaring their shoulders too much and giving the opponent a larger target to hit.
  • Not aligning the front foot and the back foot, which messes with the balance.
  • Being flat-footed, messes with the mobility.
  • Raising the chin above the hands, giving the opponent a clear shot at it.
  • Putting all the weight on the front leg, which compromises the defensive movement.

Now the most important tip of all…

Get yourself a full-size mirror or gain access to one. You have to examine your stance in the mirror to see if you are making any mistakes. There you have it, use these tips and precautions to find your perfect boxing stance and let us know if you have any trouble by leaving comments below.