Peek-a-Boo

Peek-a-Boo

A defense style often used by a fighter where the hands are placed in front of the boxer’s face,[14] like in the babies’ game of the same name. It offers extra protection to the face and makes it easier to jab the opponent’s face. Peek-a-Boo boxing was developed by legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. Peek‐a‐Boo boxing utilizes relaxed hands with the forearms in front of the face and the fist at nose‐eye level. Other unique features includes side to side head movements, bobbing, weaving and blind siding your opponent. The number system e.g. 3-2-3-Body-head-body or 3-3-2 Body-Body-head is drilled with the stationary dummy and on the bag until the fighter is able to punch by rapid combinations with what D’Amato called “bad intentions.” The theory behind the style is that when combined with effective bobbing and weaving head movement, the fighter has a very strong defense and becomes more elusive, able to throw hooks and uppercuts with great effectiveness. Also it allows swift neck movements as well quick duckings and bad returning damage, usually by rising uppercuts or even rising hooks.  Since it is a defense designed for close range fighting, it is mainly used by in-fighters (one exception is Ronald “Winky” Wright, who was mostly an out-fighter). Carl “Bobo” Olson was the first known champion to use this as a defense. Famous fighters who use the Peek-a-Boo style include Bobo Olson, Floyd Patterson, José Torres, Mike Tyson, and Winky Wright.

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