Philly shell

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The Philly shell or crab is a defense wherein the boxer holds their rear hand in standard position but drops their lead hand to defend the torso, often raising the lead shoulder slightly to defend the face. Body mobility is used to slip many punches, while others may be blocked with the shoulder or arm.

The word "shell" is used to describe the basic defensive structure similar to a passive defense and the lateral motion of counter-punchers using this defense may resemble the sideways motion of a crab using its claws to throw multiple hooks.