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I regularly spar with a friend of mine that has been boxing for 5 years. He is much more experienced and though I can keep up with him when throwing punches from a distance he always gets the better out of it when fighting from the inside...

I jab a lot with him to keep him from coming in but at times you know it will happen...

He is a couple inches shorter than me and I feel very uncomfortable when he puts his head to my chest as I feel he will get the better. Is it possible to hit someone shorter with body punches as I could not hit properly since all I see is his back!?

What do you recommend I do to start giving him a tough time...? Is pushing a good idea. When I push with my hand and lean over him an uppercut from him always seems to be the answer. Thanks mates for any help...
 

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I think he meant "Rope-A-Dope", one of Ali's signature moves. Its basically a defensive tactic where you let your opponent go to work on you while your on the ropes, making him miss, wearing him out, and countering. Stick with giving your friend a barrage of uppercuts when he comes in. Try jab-uppercut, jab-R uppercut-L uppercut. Give him some hooks while he's inside too and when he raises his gloves put your uppercuts in. You can also double your jab up if he's slipping your shots like balistik said, jab-jab-straight right etc.
 

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Thanks ;-). Yeah I do note the rope a dope in Muhammad Ali's (along other boxers) fights and I think it makes a lot of sense...

I also use the momentum gained from the rope to pounce onto the opponent once the attack slows down.
 
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