(Joe Frazier and Mohammad Ali: Out of all the fighters who have mastered the left hook punch, no one perfected it better than boxing icon, Smoking Joe Frazier!)
1. a punch coming from the side of the body instead of going straight forward; a short blow delivered with a circular motion by a boxer while the elbow remains bent and rigid
[origin: before 12th century; Middle English, from Old English hoc; akin to Middle Dutch hoec fishhook, corner, Lithuanian kenge hook]
He ducks my lead as he surges in
And his left hook crashes against my chin,
And he shuts my eye with a round-house slam
That feels like the bunt of a batterin’ ram.
The lights are swimmin’ and so is the ring;
Blind I fall in clinch and cling;
The referee grunts as he tears us apart,
And I ram a left in under the heart.
And he batters me back across the ring—
Jab and uppercut, hook and swing—
A torrent of smashes that never slack—
I feel the ropes against my back.
[from “In the Ring“; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 659 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 276]