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Bolo punch
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Bolo punch in Burmese boxing
Also known as France France: Semi-circulaire

Japan Japan:

People's Republic of China China:

Thailand Thailand: Mat Wiyeng San

Burma Burma: Wai Latt-di
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A bolo punch is a punch used in boxing. The bolo punch is not among the traditional boxing punches (jab, uppercut, hook and cross) and is seldom used, especially during combinations.

Fighters who include the bolo punch in their repertoire often use it as a tactical maneuver without actually attempting a blow. Its most important aspect is a circular motion performed with one arm to distract an opponent, causing the opponent to either take his eyes off the attacker's other arm or actually focus on the fighter's circling arm. When the opponent concentrates on the hand that is circling, the bolo puncher will usually sneak in a punch with the opposite hand. When the rival concentrates on the hand that is not moving, the bolo puncher will usually follow through with a full punch.

Ceferino Garcia is commonly referred to as the inventor of the bolo punch, though a 1924 article appearing in the Tacoma News-Tribune reported a Filipino boxer named Macario Flores to be using it. Garcia, Kid Gavilan and Sugar Ray Leonard are widely recognized as three of the best bolo punchers in boxing history. Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzaghe also use the bolo punch frequently.

When asked once how he came to develop the wide sweeping uppercut, Garcia said that as a youth he cut sugarcane in the Philippine Islands with a bolo knife, which he would wield in a sweeping uppercut fashion.

Three of the most famous cases of a fighter using the bolo punch were when Leonard avenged his loss to Roberto Duran (see "The No Más Fight"), when Leonard drew with Thomas Hearns in their second fight (see Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns), and when Ike Ibeabuchi knocked out Chris Byrd with a left-handed bolo punch during their 1999 heavyweight contest.

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