- Slipping punches with the lay back opens a whole world of opportunity for the boxer. It’s a brilliant boxing technique that acts as a 'link' to string together complex combinations of punches. Slipping punches with the lay back is a skill that was used extensively by Muhammad Ali, particularly following his 3 year absence when he was less mobile on his feet. The lay back takes the upper body from long range to the edge of range, allowing the boxer to deliver a consistent shellacking of an opponent whilst ensuring that any counters fall just short. This skill allows instant, cobra-like strike backs at a point in time when the opponent's defence is at it's most vulnerable, when their attack is in full flow!