One I fucking hated when fighting southpaws was them slipping to the right and throwing a right to my body, eventually makes you think twice.How do you neutralize your opponent's jab? Do you do it by stepping to the left, out of the way of his jab, and then countering with a right cross?
This is what feints are for.I'm a tall guy who loved to work behind a long jab. The guys who were most effective against me would slip my jab over a shoulder, then counter with a crisp shot to the ribs. One guy in my gym could hit the same spot over and over. Eventually, this made me limit my jabs and let shorter fighters in range. It wasn't good.
-Learn to parry and catch his jab, and come back with your own. This is a basic, all around good skill to have.
-Jab at the same time he does; depending on your reach or whether you can step in with it, it can work to discourage him from throwing it.
-If he doesn't throw his right hand with authority or as a lead, circle in that direction so that he can't time his jab.
-When he flurries, time hard single or double shots in between his out of your guard to start finding holes.
-Learn to step while smoothly moving your upper body; don't twitch and waist energy, but don't stay stagnant.
-Cut the ring off well by closing his exits and hammer him to the body, throwing right hands over his jab as you come in, and that should slow him down.
What are the size and dimensions like for the both of you?
He's a bout 2 maybe 3 inches taller. More of a lean build whereas I'm a little more stocky.
Ths seems like some good advice. I guess I've gotten myself mentally to the point to where I'm too paranoid because I worry too much about defense and don't let my hands go enough.
Ok then. The tips I've suggested still mostly apply. Do you think you can step in while he jabs and close the gap to land your own as he unfurls his? That's a good way to get inside.
If I were you, I'd practice a lot on a slip rope. Do you use one? It's a great tool for building the muscle memory necessary to get under and use your smaller height to your advantage. Move forwards while bobbing and weaving, backwards while slipping, envision yourself throwing counters, etc. This is much more conducive to moving and defending while still staying in position to punch, instead of shelling up ineffectively.
Try drills that make sure you can close the distance and take away his space to work. Side-stepping while maintaining balance, closing off the exits, etc. Try this with a partner who can move a lot, maybe do it without punches or with only jabs.
Can you body punch? Once you're flexible up top and efficient enough with your footwork, hammering this guy to the body after you get past his jab will be key. He'll slow down, become nervous, waste energy trying to get away, while you control the center.
To be successful, as you said, a lot of it is mental. As the stockier fighter who must press, you have to go into that ring thinking you're going to be the boss. It's not easy, but if you can tell yourself that no matter what, you're going to make him pay for every attempted flurry and make him work to keep moving just to keep you out of his face, then you've won half the battle.
Take this fight for example (even just the first 3 rounds). Yuri Foreman is known as a mobile fighter who fights in quick bursts, and Cotto is the stockier man. From the first round, he keeps his right glove up high, and times his own jabs upwards when Yuri starts to unleash his, or steps to the left to slip or parry it, while opening up the angle for his own. He has an easy rhythm going in his legs and upper body, and has to move much less than Yuri does to get some offense going, or to duck under his shots. The more Cotto quickly goes to where Foreman is about to be, the more energy Yuri starts to waste, and the more sloppy his shots get in an attempt to keep him off and make progress on points; all the while, Miguel is chillin. He knows he's the man with the more dangerous offense, and it shows in his body language.
Obviously, you're not Miguel Cotto, but you're opponent isn't Yuri Foreman either. Practice these fundamentals, and become more afraid of losing the round than you are of getting hit. Even if he gets the best of you again, you will have improved.
Definitely work with your feet. There are different types of jabs and jabbers. Distance is key to take the jab away.No one answer.
Feints - Make him not want to throw his jab
Counters - Take advantage of the openings
Feet - Dictate range
Head-movement - Make it hard for him to actually find the target
Obviously a very generic answer; as with most, it's one of those 'it depends' scenarios.