The left hook has been called the “prettiest” punch in boxing due to its precision and technicality. A well-placed hook to the head can knock a man out, and one delivered to the kidneys or liver will bring the strongest of brawlers to their knees.
Today allow John L. Sullivan to show you how to throw a devastating left hook. (Note: If you’re a southpaw, just reverse the hands on the instructions.) For a refresher on how to throw a straight punch, see our illustrated guide.
Illustration by Ted Slampyak
Last updated: May 9, 2016