Today was sparring day and it was pretty bad. I sparred this one guy who I’ve never seen before, but my coach told me that he’s a lot more experienced than me and to be careful. I’ve always been able to hang with experienced guys before, so I didn’t think it was a problem. He was short too, so I figured it would just be easy for me to jab and move until the rounds over. Bell rings and this guy just comes in ridiculously fast. He’s throwing every damn punch in the book hard, fast, and in bunches. He got me in the corner and was just hammering me. I tried to get out but the way he would place his feet and how he handled me in the clinch made it feel impossible. His style had me completely exhausted after the first round. He was also a southpaw, which I’ve never dealt with before. Second round I did a little better, kept my range and landed a few solid 1 2s, but then the pressure got to me and it was just a repeat of the 1st. I was throwing back this time but he was just eating my hooks and completely out landing me. Third round I try to force him backwards. I kept going forward and threw hard hooks to the body. It was working, but when he went on the offensive it was just too much to deal with. I’ve been training seriously for about 6 months, so I guess I had to get my butt kicked eventually. It really hurt my ego though; I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I couldn’t handle someone. Im a lot more motivated to improve now, but it was just rough and a little humiliating. Also, any advice on how to handle a pressure fighter is welcome.