Luke Campbell, Olympic bantamweight gold medallist, says: “I’m left handed so that means I’m southpaw. If I was right handed I’d be orthodox.
"As long as you’ve got your feet, your balance, your hand-eye, you can move forward, backwards, side to side. You throw your jabs, one-twos, bringing your hands back high.
“There’s no secrets being a southpaw. Shadowboxing, bagwork, you practise footwork on everything you do.
“The main weapon for an orthodox guy against a southpaw is the right hand – block it, move away, all that type of stuff.
“Usually a lot of southpaws will go on the outside [placing their front foot outside their opponent’s front foot]. But for me I’m not bothered I can go either way.
You get in there and you just react. There’s nothing set in stone. One orthodox boxer’s completely different to another orthodox boxer.”
Nicola Adams, Olympic flyweight gold medallist, says: "Footwork and handspeed are my strengths. We do a lot of technical drills, moving in and out and side to side to quicken my foot movement. In the ring it’s natural because I spend so much time on it. I spend a good hour on footwork every day.
“Speed – it’s just practise and drills.”
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