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Fitness Technique

James DeGale explains the five techniques you need to win the Olympic Games

James DeGale, the first British Olympic champion to win a pro world title, reveals the skills you need to win gold
  1. LONG HOOK OFF THE JAB

Why: This is one of my favourite shots because I’ve got long, big arms and this always used to score. The jab is more of a range-finder in this case, setting up the hook. The hook is not really a powerful shot here; it’s a scoring shot. The opponent is not expecting the hook off an already-extended arm.

How: You jab first but you stay in the same position; I’m touching him, he knows what’s coming so he’s blocking it. Your arm is fully extended, you lean back a little to get that extra angle then turn the hand over, pivoting off your front knee and front hip. Make sure you turn the fist fully so you’re landing with the knuckles.

In Practice – Round 2 v Shawn Estrada (USA) 11-5

For a couple of rounds it was kind of close, I was still up – but only just – and once again the last two rounds I was patient, let him come to me. I hit him with all kinds of shots: bolos, uppercuts and a lot of long hooks and shots like that from distance.

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