Posted by justsaygo
i see i see..i have always been a good stand up guy even before my 2 years of boxing..one thing i have always had a problem with is getting in range..i am stuck on the boxing stance with my left leg forward and the small step with my left followed by the right leg doesnt seem to be enough to get in there..so ive been trying to stand square on with my feet side by side and switch my jab from my left to my right hand as i step. Do you think this would be effective? havent tried it yet..and if not what do you think would help?
Range is one of the hardest things to learn to develop IMO. There are a ton of things that go into it like your reach vs. your opponent's reach, your specific style, and obviously what you feel comfortable with.
As a general rule most trainers will have you close the range with a jab because it basically provides cover for your movement forward and sets up the strikes you will follow with. That's not always what a jab is used for, but it sounds like so far that's what you have been taught. It's a good way to start, too.
One of the things we go over where I train is getting used to being in the pocket and staying in the pocket. A lot of times you have to overcome the fear of catching a big shot in close, but the good thing for guys who are shorter is that they can usually generate more power in close because they can go through their full range of motion while taller guys have to choke up a bit on it. You can accomplish getting over this fear by doing drills with a partner just duking it out in close. It's painful, but it's kind of fun and definitely beneficial. Especially for learning how to throw body shots.
I could go into many things about closing the distance (it's a huge topic) but the best thing for a powerful puncher who doesn't have much range is to use the ring or cage to their advantage. Work on your footwork and pressuring guys to and fro throughout the forum you're fighting in be it ring or cage. Once you trap them in a corner you can let loose and you won't have to worry about range because you'll be able to cut off their escape routes. This is a question best reserved for your own trainer, though, because he may know things about you that I have absolutely 0 clue about. Just ask him straight up "Hey, I'm having problems getting in range on guys... can you give me some pointers?"