Being a southpaw is an advantage, as most fighters who have ever competed against a lefty know.
When two orthodox fighters step up to each other, their foot placements interlock. This allows the fighters to circle in either direction. When you throw a lefty into the mix, it becomes a battle for the lead leg, and stepping the wrong way puts you right in the line of the power hand.
Not only do strikes come from different angles, but the lefty has spent ample time, if not all of his time training for the orthodox fighter. The orthodox fighter hasn’t spent nearly as much time preparing for the southpaw.
However that’s just where the advantage begins. On top of the physical advantages, there is a veritable plethora of research indicating that the mental game belongs to the southpaw as well.
Dr. Charlotte Faurie of the University of Montpellier conducted research on eight traditional societies, and found a direct correlation between homicides and left handedness.
She had this to say:
“We have found a direct correlation between the level of violence in a given society and the proportion of left-handers. This indicates that fighting can be an important selection pressure in the evolution of left-handedness.”
One study even found that dogs who are left paw dominant tend to be more aggressive.
Some influential historical figures who were southpaws include the Roman emperor Tiberius, Leonardo Da Vinci, Alexander the Great, and many others. There is not doubt that it takes more to succeed in combat than being left hand dominant, but with so many advantages it certainly doesn’t hurt your odds.