Southpaw boxing is a natural stance for left handed boxers. But how does southpaw boxing turn out for right handed boxers? Well, it sure is challenging to adapt an unorthodox boxing stance. But it certainly has its benefits as well.
Being a right handed southpaw boxer can help you deliver stronger jabs, stronger lead hooks, outside lead foot advantage and a privilege to change stances at any time. And it’s pretty obvious that all the famous right handed southpaw boxers have reeked quite a lot of benefits by adapting an atypical strategy.
Anyway, let’s have a sneak peak into the careers of some famous right handed southpaw boxers!
Marvin Hagler was one of the greatest American professional boxers who conquered the boxing arena throughout his career that lasted from 1973 to 1987.
Marvin Hagler was a fantastic right handed southpaw boxer. He also successfully claimed the highest knockout percentage at 78% out of all the middleweight champions.
Hagler was nicknamed as Marvelous Marvin, but later he legally took up the name Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
He was definitely unrivalled when it came to switch hitting due to an excellent command on both right handed southpaw and his natural stance.
Out of 67 professional boxing fights, he lost only 3. In 2002, The Ring Magazine mentioned him as the 17th greatest fighter over a course of 69 years.
Lomachenko is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He has won the title of world champion in three weight classes; Featherweight, Super Featherweight, and Lightweight.
Lomachenko, originally right handed, switched to the southpaw stance when he was five. He is one of the greatest of all times when it comes to Amateur Boxing. He has won over 390 matches with only a single defeat over the years.
Vasyl Lomachenko made his first appearance in professional boxing back in 2013. Ever since then, he has played 17 matches and won 15 out of them.
Still in the game, Lomachenko claimed the title of the world’s 8th best active boxer, pound for pound, by ESPN just recently in July 2021.
Naseem Hamed is a former professional boxer based in England. He has a splendid career history that lasted for 10 years. He made his debut into professional boxing in 1992 and retired in 2002.
Naseem Hamed, also known as Prince Naseem or Naz, was a right handed boxer naturally but he switched to southpaw quite effortlessly during his fights. In fact, he was seen playing southpaw around 60% of the time during his fight.
Prince Naseem has claimed several featherweight world championships as well as won the European Bantamweight title. Also, BoxRec ranked him as the best British featherweight of all time.
With his confident switching styles, invincible one punch knockout and hard hitting boxing style, he was referred to as a Global superstar of his time.
Out of 37 professional boxing fights of his career, he was defeated only once and won 36 matches.
Ronald Lamont Wright
Ronald Lamont Wright, famously known as Winky Wright, is a former American professional boxer. His glorious career lasted for 22 years from 1990 to 2012.
Winky Wright secured the light middleweight champion title two times during his career. He was also ranked as the second best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Ring Magazine in 2005.
Winky Wright was known for his flamboyant right handed southpaw stance. He utilized a pinpoint right jab and played the opponent by switching stances and throwing punches in combination.
Ronald Wright also holds the title of the 4th greatest Super Welter of all times. Over the course of 22 years, Wright fought through 58 matches and won 51 out of them, with only 6 losses.
He retired from his career after losing to Peter Quillin.
Michael Moorer is yet another professional boxer from America. Also known by the name Double M, Moorer built a splendid career between 1988 to 2008.
Moorer has won four world championships in 2 weight classes; light heavyweight and heavyweight. He was a ruthless fighter who originally fought as a righty but later claimed the advantages of right handed southpaw as well.
Michael Moorer was a powerful warrior with an unformidable knockout power and scored straight 22 Kos in 22 matches. Moreover, he won the heavyweight world championship three times.
Moorer competed in 57 matches during his career and turned out victorious in 52 of them, with only 4 losses and 1 draw.
Ortiz is a professional boxer from America as well as a film actor. He started out his professional boxing career back in 2004.
Victor Ortiz won the WBC Welterweight title in 2011. Moreover, the Ring Magazine, ESPN, and other boxing news ranked him among the top 3 active welterweights of the world.
Victor’s aggressive boxing style landed him in ESPNs Prospect of the Year 2008. Ortiz can also be seen playing a role in The Expendables 3 and Southpaw.
He was very well known for his unusual right hand southpaw strategy. Since he is naturally a right hand fighter, a southpaw stance made him an intimidating opponent.
During all these years, Ortiz has fought 42 professional boxing matches. He made a mark in 32 of them and lost in 7 matches.
Juan Manuel Lopez
Also known as Juanma Lopez, Juan is a former Puerto Rican boxer. His boxing career lasted from 2005 to 2019. He competed on 3 weight classes; Super Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Super Featherweight.
Lopez also held the title of WBO junior featherweight from 2008-09 and has been awarded a world championship in two weight classes.
The peak of his career in the late 2000s was absolutely magnificent. He was seen as a knockout artist during this time. He was an excellent southpaw fighter with equal command over both his hands.
Lopez will always be known for his remarkable boxing style. Throughout his career, he competed in 43 professional boxing matches and scored a victory in 36 of them, with only 1 draw and 6 losses.