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Faile Fight Vanity

Not to boast (honestly!) but I’ve got a lot of Faile stuff – prints, sculpture etc. These days their work is darn expensive and very hard to get your hands on before it been stuck on eBay for wildly ambitious prices.

One of their recent edition releases has had me hesitating over some hefty Buy it Now auctions on eBay – well it does combine Faile and the legend Sugar Ray Robinson – the greatest boxer of all time.  For now though I will enjoy it in jpg form:

faile fight vanity

Fight Vanity, Faile. 2008

The perfect punch Volume 2 – left hook to the body

My personal favorite punch in boxing – the left hook to the body. Sometimes known as the left to the liver this is a punch that if applied correctly is a show stopper.

Hatton Castillo

Ricky Hatton delivers a left hook to the liver

Pioneered by latin fighters who favour body punches – that weaken and drain an opponent, the left hook to the body is a classic but a hard punch to land to perfection as it relies on pin point accuracy, foot work and power all combined in an instant.

Ricky Hatton delivered such a punch in his fight with Mexican Jose Luis Castillo. The Hitman Hatton – known as the Manchester Mexican for his love of body punches destroyed Castillo in the 4th round of their Vegas fight on June 23, 2007 with the left hook to the liver – the perfect punch as it was called afterwards.

Hatton Castillo

Hatton's Perfect Punch

Bob Arum the legendary boxing promoter said after the fight  “In 42 years of boxing, I’ve seen that punch land maybe 5 times”.

This punch is a show stopper, Castillo said he was unable to breath after it. One look at his face tells you just how potent the effect is.

Watch for yourselves the full 4th round of Hatton Castillo and see the work that goes into positioning the punch – its no lucky shot!

The perfect punch Volume 1 – the left hook

What makes the perfect punch?

For a start it should result in a knockout. That is after all the desired result – one punch landing in spectacular fashion to render its recipient inert on the canvas.

Fullmer goes to the canvas after a left hook from Ray Robinson

Fullmer goes to the canvas after a left hook from Ray Robinson

The punch itself could be a matter of personal choice – the upper cut, left or right hook or perhaps for some of you the Mexican special left to the body. In the coming weeks I will give my choice of some of the best examples of all of these and more besides.

Picture perfect left hook

Frozen in time - the perfect left hook

To get the ball rolling though here is a purists or as Lennox Lewis used to say a “pugilist specialists” choice – the wonderful Sugar Ray Robinson delivering a perfect left hook to Gene Fullmer’s chin in their second fight. Enjoy.