Types of Guards

Sometimes, as a novice, you may wonder why another boxer’s lead hand is so low? After all, conventional wisdom tells us to keep both hands up. As an intermediate boxer, you may wonder why both hands of another boxer are so high? Wouldn’t their body be wide open and their vision blocked by their own hands? The way boxers positions their hands in their stance is called their guard, and every guard has its strengths and weaknesses. This article will give you an overview of the different types of guards in boxing.


It goes without saying that anyone who calls himself/herself a boxer must have sparred at least once. Arguably, the most important skills in boxing are acquired only through sparring. To put it simply: a boxer who doesn’t spar is like a track athlete who doesn’t run.