- The short range left uppercut is one of the key shots used during ‘infighting’. When you are attempting to suppress an aggressive opponent who’s main strategy is to overrun your defenses with consistent attacks, using this short range gem-of-a-shot to split their guard is often a very effective way of meeting ‘fire with fire’. It’s important that the technique of this shot is perfect (we aim for a perfectly vertical trajectory), but more important is that the uppercut is thrown with the intention of landing fast and hard on the target. Let’s not beat about the bush here, this shot is designed to break the will of an opponent by rocking the head back, which also helps to make the referee very nervous about allowing the contest to continue! A top boxing techniques and well worth studying!