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A boxer in an orthodox stance.

An Orthodox stance is a way of positioning both the feet and hands in combat sports such as boxing, karate and mixed martial arts. A traditional orthodox stance is one in which the boxer places his or her left foot farther in front of the right foot, thus having his or her 'weaker' side closer to the opponent. As it favours the stronger, dominant side — often the right side, see laterality — the orthodox stance is the most common stance in boxing. It is used by mostly by right handed boxers. Many boxing champions, such as Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Robinson used an orthodox stance.

Alternative stances

The corresponding designation for a left-handed boxer is southpaw and is generally a mirror-image of the orthodox stance. A southpaw boxer guards and jabs with his right-hand. Many believe that southpaw boxers have an advantage over orthodox boxers since their punches come from unexpected angles. Some famous boxers who use southpaw are Marvin 'Marvelous' Hagler, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe[1] and Manny Pacquiao.


  1. ^ ""BOXING BASICS"". Retrieved 13 June 2007. 

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