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Using the Overhand to Counter the Jab
 
As I probably told you, this is my favorite counter. Once you get the timing down on this, it works like magic. Watch for the jab either coming back low (to their chest) or just a lazy return (coming back slow or not all the way). This is probably one of the most powerful and efficient counters in traditional boxing. It works especially well against slightly taller fighters, as they tend to jab down at their opponents, leaving space over the shoulder.
 
Slip inside the jab while simultaneously throwing a short overhand over the shoulder. The slip can be combined with a small step inside and to the left, but this is usually only necessary against taller opponents.
 


 
Oldschool example here. Dempsey was having trouble with Tunney until he hit this counter. Dempsey recognized that Tunney was hurt, and hit a pretty solid flurry on the ropes — the counter was the beginning of the end of this fight.
 

 
Overeem hits this overhand counter over this dude’s lazy jab twice in this fight.
 

 
Here it is again, later in the fight. The jab is coming back to the chest instead of the face, so Overeem slips inside and lets the overhand go.
 

 
Older example from MMA here. Two southpaws — John Lewis is the taller fighter, and thinks he needs to jab to keep Jens Pulver off of him. Jens had noticed earlier in the fight that Lewis wasn’t bringing his jab back all the way. This is actually the second overhand counter Jens landed, but this one landed much more flush, and looks better, so I added it here.

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