"You can use the jab to set a man up for what you want to do. You don't just move the head where you want it. You knock it. You knock it where you want it."
Does the jab's power come from a push off the right foot?
"No, left foot. Left foot. Left foot and the shoulder."
(Archie meant that by taking a quick short step with the left foot he builds up the weight momentum he needs to give the jab real power, adds more bulk momentum by quickly extending the left shoulder forward.)
"The left foot is the key to balance. In boxing the left foot is the key. The right foot is the rudder."
Moore regards the jab as both a defensive and offensive weapon.
"Some people carry their hands high. Me, I carry my hands low but I get that jab up there, and with force all the same."
Could the jab be used in the same corner defensive situation as the left cross?
"No, the position back there isn't a good one for jabs. I mean you're movin'. Your main thought, your main thinkin' is escape. Of course, you might could use a couple of good jabs to help you out of there and start again. But once you's out you got to start all over again. Left cross is a good punch there because you use it at a time when it isn't hardly possible to throw a punch.
"Position is everything. In boxin' position is everything—how you have your body set."