Re: 1st Time Sparring vs. 1st Time Competing
My first time sparring, before the bell sounded I did a little checklist in my head: (1) chin tucked (2) hands up (3) stay relaxed (4) move to your right (5) don't back straight up.
Then the bell rang and I'm pretty sure I forgot about most of it. Most of my punches fell woefully short, and when I got clocked 'hard' the first time and my headgear slipped I remember sort of turning from my sparring partner to adjust it. Luckily the guy was experienced and didn't make me pay for the fact that my back was basically to him, even though the clock was still running.
Never had a fight though.