Originally Posted by scorcho
Thanks a lot for the clarification.
So, if a cross is a straight off the rear leg, what is the difference between a cross and a right straight (for a fighter in an orthodox stance)?
In my experience, its the exact same punch under different names.
Technically, it might be more correct to call it a cross when used as a counter-punch and a straight when thrown on its own initiative, but in practical terms where I have trained, its just two different names for the same punch.
Further, for actual training its just a "#2", since the core punches are numbered 1 - 6 (straights, hooks, uppercuts) so the trainer can just call out rapid fire sequences on the focus mitts (e.g. 1-2-5-step-2) during training.