Re: Taking Punches
Like what many posters said , most of the punches that are gonna daze you/knock you out/down are the ones you can't see coming, unless the other dude is a real hard hitter.
So you can try staying alert while sparring, look out for the punches and even if you fail to slip them, it's gonna have lesser impact then if you don't see it coming.
Also keep your hands up as a defense, use your hands to block/ parry the punches to reduce the impact if you don't have a good slip/weave.
And thicken the neck with neck exercises, they gonna help prevent your head from getting snapped back ( i have a long neck so my head snaps easily LOL, got to work on that... )