I've been going to a local boxing gym for 3 weeks now.Â* Â*Learning all the punches, getting better at jumping rope (I can do 40 jumps now with only 2-3 screw-ups with the rope), and getting exercise in general.
My favorite part is doing the boxing mitts part with someone else.Â* I can get more work and sweat going in 2 rounds of that than in an hour of hitting the bags by myself.
I see people doing their sparring sessions all the time, and I've been wondering when I'd get to do it.Â* Last saturday, I saw some women taking turns doing it, so I asked the manager if I could do it also.Â* Â*He said okay.
The gym had headgear for people to use, and cheap $1 mouthguards, so I got one.Â* I should have put on that belt protector thing also, but didn't think of it until I was in the ring, and no one else had mentioned it either.
Now, it's my first sparring time EVER, and who goes in against me?Â* Some guy who has 22 amateur fights and just turned pro.Â* A slight mismatch to say the least!
We agreed on 2 2 minute rounds.
Well, it didn't go all that well.Â* I swung some, but not as much as when hitting the mitts with someone.Â* Not too many swings actually hit.Â* He kept moving.Â* I didn't move too much, at least not my head.Â* His tactic was obviously to pummel me in the stomach about 300 times, with random head shots thrown in here and there.Â*
I could tell he wasn't hitting me as hard as he could, but for someone new to sparring it seemed like a lot.
I think throughout the 2 rounds, I got him with 6 or 8 shots that actually hit good.
But I was glad for the second round to be over.Â* As I got out of the ring, my nose started bleeding.Â* I knew he hit me in the face quite a few times, but I didn't think it was hard enough to make a nose bleed.
So I had to get someone to help me get the damn gloves off and then I went to the bathroom and took care of it.Â* It wasn't too bad.Â* The mouthguard got blood on it, so to show my disapproval of the severe mismatch I just left it where I spit it out after getting out of the ring.
After I had a chance to calm down, I asked the manager what he thought.Â* He said that I didn't get out of breath, which seemed to be the one thing I did right.Â* And I kept advancing on the other guy, making him back around the ring constantly.Â* Or maybe he was doing that anyhow, I don't know.
So next time I try sparring, I'll try to get someone who's a little closer match for me.