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Old 02-14-2012, 12:33 AM   #76
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Yeah, wearing something as small as 12 oz to spar seems crazy. I'm a SHW myself and I basically only spar guys 175+, usually over the 200 lb threshold for SHW though. Asking us to spar with 12 oz gloves, i.e. the gloves we actually compete with, sounds like a horrible idea. I use 16 oz gloves at this gym, but I used to us 20 oz at my old one.
Ture. Its sounds crazy but since we are used to it, it is not weird for us.. Anyways even if I feel its crazy I got no option but to go along..
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #77
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Soon as you mentioned Tony Licata, I jumped to attention, g. He was a crafty veteran pro. They did you no favors feeding you to him.

Was in Madison Square Garden when he fought Monzon. He was clever enough, 'n had good legs, to avoid being run-over early. But Monzon kept shuffling forward like a glacier behind a shotgun jab.
Is it bad that every time I read your posts, I imagine Mickey from Rocky?
I hear every word in his voice, even phrases like "I jumped to attention, g".
Classic.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #78
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Never. Weather or not, your dishing it out or on the receiving end, it's all good. You should enjoy being in there.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #79
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I wouldn't call it my worst sparring experience, not compared to what I mentioned before, but I sparred with a professional HW recently (I myself have had one amateur fight at SHW). The guy hit like a ****ing truck, it was a bit intimidating knowing he could have blasted me out of there at any moment. But he was actually really helpful and let me get some work in
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:46 AM   #80
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I've not had an experience that's made me not want to go back, but I've had some painful sparring.

(I'm 56 kg.)

There was a serbian guy who had been coming to the gym for a few weeks (I'd only been in for 4 or 5 months) he was taller than me and he weighed roughly 80 kg. My coach put me in with him and told him to hold back a bit and told me to just box smart and try to be skillful. Went out and touched gloves then boom, haymakers that I didn't have a clue about how to avoid. I covered up and tucked my chin being hit by so many shots that made me feel like throwing up. I didn't want to look a fool (as everyone in the gym was watching) so I started firing back with straight punches, I caught him with a few but my defense was pretty much non existent and I'd developed some bad habits from half assed training. As a result, I got hurt by a few big punches so I just shelled up and waited for the coach to stop the fight... The coach said sorry to me afterwards and said he had no idea that the guy was going to do that. I tried to talk to the guy afterwards and was pretty much told to **** off. The guy didn't come back to the gym again though, not sure if he was told not to come back or anything but yeah, that was a pretty bad experience and the next day I had a black eye, crooked nose and both sides of my rib cage were in agony. But I learned from it.

Another few bad experiences happened when I was a bit more experienced but I didn't really care, just things to learn from I guess.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #81
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This sounds like I should have written it...

Last month, I had just went 4 hard rounds with my heavyweight sparring partner and got out the ring and did some floor work. I was ready to get undressed and leave when one of my trainer's middleweight guys got in the ring and was about to spar but his guy wasn't ready yet...so I figure, what the hell let me get one more quick round of moving around before I go.

I'm 200lbs and much taller, so I'm thinking let me just work easy with this kid...i was throwing light combos, ducking and blocking etc. Next thing I know I get hit with a hard haymaker overhand right, RIGHT on the bridge of my nose. I felt my nose crack and shift, and blood started oozing right away.

After that shit I didn't give a phuck if he was a middleweight, I was after his ass.

I was attacking this mofo and he starting running for dear life. Got him in the corner and starting pummeling him as he covered up. Killer instinct came out full force.

Get home and my nose is a little crooked and I had to straighten it out (not very pleasant experience) and next day I had minor bruising under my eyes. Then I find out this mofo was sparring me with some 12 ounce bag gloves. It's been a month and everytime I spar now, my nose is mad tender and gets swollen afterwards.

So moral of the story...don't take these little fast guys for granted, even if you aren't loading up your punches you have to fight them like they are your size or else you can get caught bad!
how'd you straighten your nose?
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:47 PM   #82
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One guy I know uses 2.5oz gloves to spar.
hahaha that'd be pretty hardcore
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:25 PM   #83
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One guy I know uses 2.5oz gloves to spar.
what, does he slap on a pair of weight lifting gloves and jump in? Even MMA gloves are 4 oz.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:44 AM   #84
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first time i got in the ring, full of confidence as i had just hummiliated a 6 foot 20 year old with way more reach that myself when we were touch sparing outside the ring

turns out my trainer thought i was pretty strong so he put me in there with a mma fighter(been doing it for 6 years), that was just in our class as mma had been cancelled that week

i landed a few but he was way more experienced than myself and i was on the back foot the whole time, literally shitting myself

another time was when i was put in sparing with a 16 stone polish guy, he clearly had way more experience fighting in and out the ring, and kept loading up on his punches(i must have been 10 and half stone at the time)

again i was on the backfoot hardly landed any, i wanted to kill the cunt afterwards
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:16 PM   #85
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I've not had an experience that's made me not want to go back, but I've had some painful sparring.

(I'm 56 kg.)

There was a serbian guy who had been coming to the gym for a few weeks (I'd only been in for 4 or 5 months) he was taller than me and he weighed roughly 80 kg. My coach put me in with him and told him to hold back a bit and told me to just box smart and try to be skillful. Went out and touched gloves then boom, haymakers that I didn't have a clue about how to avoid. I covered up and tucked my chin being hit by so many shots that made me feel like throwing up. I didn't want to look a fool (as everyone in the gym was watching) so I started firing back with straight punches, I caught him with a few but my defense was pretty much non existent and I'd developed some bad habits from half assed training. As a result, I got hurt by a few big punches so I just shelled up and waited for the coach to stop the fight... The coach said sorry to me afterwards and said he had no idea that the guy was going to do that. I tried to talk to the guy afterwards and was pretty much told to **** off. The guy didn't come back to the gym again though, not sure if he was told not to come back or anything but yeah, that was a pretty bad experience and the next day I had a black eye, crooked nose and both sides of my rib cage were in agony. But I learned from it.

Another few bad experiences happened when I was a bit more experienced but I didn't really care, just things to learn from I guess.
The Serbian guy was probably taking it easy. Probly trying to see what you had which wasnt alot. Blame it on your coach who should of been supervising. Maybe your coach wanted to see what you had.
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I got my ass whipped by a 50 yr old man...
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #87
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Last night was one of mine. I was sparring with a guy...going light and went inside with a right hook body and then coming up with right hook head. Nailed the guy flush and buckled his knees. Problem...he's new and put too much behind the head shot. Complete accident. Well, I feel terrible, it gets in my head and I start over thinking everything I'm doing...

Fast forward a little bit; I'm still a headcase when I get in with a real craft pro fighter. Next thing you know I'm getting lit up like a Christmas tree. Then I get in with another amateur who is a longer and a lighter weight class...he then lights me up. I got frustrated and stopped being loose. Just a terrible, terrible night and now I 1) feel guilty about nailing the noob and 2) feel dumb for letting it get to me and 3) am beat up to boot.

I still love this sport; highs and lows!
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #88
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My worst sparring experience was defitnitely the worst I've been clocked and outclassed ever in my life. I was around 16 years old, 119lbs, and had been boxing for a month and a half by then. The guy I sparred was probably 14 years old southpaw, 100 lbs, and was pretty intimidated by me (even though he had actually been boxing for years).

I had never really been beat up in sparring, not even my first time. But this was the first time I was going to spar with him, and my job was to put pressure on him, be physical but not hit him hard (because of the weight advantage I had). As soon as we start I realise this kid is too fast for me to doge his punches. But I keep trying to doge and block while still coming forward. He hit me with everything he had, and he would catch me nice and clean constantly. I couldn't really get adjusted to the angles in which the punches were coming at me, and I even remember seeing some of the peoples facial expressions after I ate up some upper cuts and hooks that made my head snap.

After it was all done, I knew I had been completely outclassed, I was lucky I wasn't really hurt or busted up. I shaked gloves with him and told him he did a great job (he was humble even after beating my ass worse than anyone) and the coach said it was fine that he had a lot more expirience than me and was ahead with his boxing skills.
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I was 15, weighed 148, I was in a shitty gym with a bad coach named Tom Espinosa who didn't know what the **** he was doing, and he put me in there with an old looking dude with white hair named Greg. He was really tall, probably over 6 foot, and weighed 180 while I was like 5'8. I thought this guy must be in his mid 60s but in reality he was probably in his late 40s. Something about this old dude pissed me off, he just seemed like a bad person to me despite his fake smile, but I went ahead into the ring with him anyways, thinking it'll be easy.

Anyways the bell rings, I walk towards him, my left hand was slightly down. I was about to unleash on him when BOOM, he hit me with a right hook, and it's hands down the hardest I've ever been hit in my entire life. Now I was always a strong kid, had a reputation in school for being a tough guy, and I was very athletic, but when I was hit by that punch my mind just completely went blank and the whole world turned black, my hearing turned off and for about 10 seconds I was in a void-like state where I was half dead and half alive. That right hook literally took me out of the physical realm and put me in a sort of spiritual realm for about 10 seconds. And then my eye sight returned, and I realize that I was still standing. I foolishly walk towards him again and BOOM, he caught me with the same right hook. This time it wasn't as hard as the first one, but again I blacked out and entered this dream like state for about 5 seconds. The coach saw it from a distance and took me out of there.

Good thing is after this experience I realized that I'm not invincible and can be KTFO if I get hit.
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I had sparred a few times with a friend who was an amateur and first instructed me, and he mostly went light on me. He was very into stressing fundamentals, and never stunned me too badly. When I first went to my gym and sparred for the first time, it was against a guy naturally bigger than me who was also a puncher. He said he had broken his hand, so I figured we'd be sparring relatively lightly. When I threw the first jab at him, he slipped it, and in slow motion I saw him come at me with a furious hook I could do nothing about. It clocked me hard. I had no idea he was going to come out that hard. I became more cautious, and eventually figured I'd have to hit him hard back, but it just gave him more opportunities to hit me with huge shots I didn't see coming (because of my eyes closing and especially because of the headgear.) My coach stopped it after he saw I was so dizzy. I never had problems sparring with anyone else in the gym, and I never understood why this guy had to hit like that when it was clear I had less experience.

One thing that worried me in a kind of ironic way was when I found out I could take those kinds of shots. They hurt like hell, they blurred my vision, they made my brain feel like it was swelling out of my skull, and yet I never felt like my legs were about to give or I was about to lose consciousness. It might have been easier to have found out I was glass-chinned and merely needed to avoid getting hit at all costs, but the risks felt very real once I found out these bombs weren't about to put me away. Fortunately, I got better, and have never gotten rocked like that since.
Oh look. Time to update this with the story of how the resident southpaw heavyweight with more experience and handspeed decide me to use me as his punching bag every time we sparred.
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