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57 SIDE STEPPING —―— A good way to avoid a blow is to side-step, which, as the word implies, means to step from in front of an opponent making a lead to one side of him, To be effective and successful it must be done smartly and decisively, without any suggestion of feinting, which will defeat its ultimate object. In side-stepping a punch intended for the head, the cool boxer will usually find an opening for the body, where a swinging or half arm left can very readily be placed. PLATE No. 18. BOXING.

In the illustration opposite the boxer (Jimmy Britt), who has assumed a crouching position, has taken advantage of his move to land a right to to body. It would be just as well to figure this out in advance and try it at the first left lead. But look out for the uppercut. PLATE No. 14. BOXING. 51 LEFT LEAD WITH GUARD —―— Here is a left hand punch well delivered at close quarters, with the left sh0ulder preventing a possible counter on the jaw. The right is ready to stop a return, or it can be hooked sharply to the body.

On the opposite page the boxer is shown lunging forward to deliver a right jab. The action of but one arm is shown, as it is intended to demonstrate that particular move. The left should be held well forward, with the palm out, so as to block the more readily. But the young boxer will soon have a style of his own after he has become familiar with the gloves, PLATE No. 8. BOXING. 39 AT THE CALL OF TIME —―— The preliminary to all bouts is the handshake, and should never be omitted. Bear in mind that you are not going to engage in a mortal combat.

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