Re: For anyone who has actually been in the ring share a personal true story!!
My first time sparring, I had no idea what to expect.
The dude I was supposed to spar didn't show up, so I wound up in with a visiting coach. He was 50 yrs old, so I thought I would be OK.
The idea was to just in there and work the jab/grab drill. I catch your jab, you catch mine. My Coach told me jabs only! Nothing else.
I learned that 3 mins can be an eternity. Every jab I threw he nailed me with a counter right hand over top. (so much for jab only!) That guy handled me easily. It was terrible..
Second round I was in with a new guy (who I found out later has been training for 10 years! ****ing liars!). It was pretty even until he caught me...then I came back with a wild overhand right, spun his headgear around and turned his legs to jello.
Third round I was back in with the visiting coach. He beat my ass some more, but I was less nervous and managed to land a few shots, including a surprise uppercut.