Defensive Boxing Skills
Clinching stops an opponent's attack. To clinch, a fighter grasps and holds his opponents's arms so they cannot be used. A boxer clinches when he is tired or has been stunned by his opponent's punches.
Ducking is one way to avoid blows aimed at the head. A boxer can duck a blow by stepping toward his opponent and bending at the knees and waist. The punch will then pass over his head.
Slipping is a maneuver in which a boxer moves his head to the left or right to avoid an opponent's blow. By moving only his head, a fighter stays in position to go quickly on the offensive.
Parrying is a method of turning aside a blow with the glove or forearm. A punch can be parried to either side or downward. The elbow of the parrying arm is kept close to the body to protect the ribs.
Blocking is a technique of stopping a blow before it reaches the head or body. A boxer blocks most punches to the head with his glove. He blocks most body blows with his forearm or elbow.
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Boxing terminology is used heavily throughout the series. Familiarizing oneself with the basics will aid the reader with a deeper understanding of the story.