We take a look at some of the lightning fast counter punching of Marco Antonio Barrera in his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (2007). Some notes:
1. Block the left hook while throwing your own. The simple and amazing thing Barrera does here is make the read on the left hook, stay in the pocket, raise his right for the block and throw his own left to the body or head all simultaneously. Note, in many of these, they are not two separate motions. They come as one –that's what makes it work. A lot of fighters can pull off a counter like this over the jab with a cross but it's less common to see on a lead hook. Marquez picks up on this in the mid rounds and starts feinting the lead left hook then coming with a vicious straight right.
2. Barrera has a rare ability to counter in between the punches of his opponents. Where many fighters would guard up and wait for their turn, Barrera has a habit of attacking while being attacked. If boxing is about hitting without being hit, for Barrera, it seems its just as much about hitting when hit.
The tactics and intensity of this fight and the adjustments each of the fighters make throughout the bout is truly special. If you haven’t watched it, get on it.
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