Looking to spar random person for first time

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by -----, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. -----

    ----- New Member Full Member

    Jun 19, 2019
    So i'm from midlands have not done boxing before.
    I only found one person to spar as i have always wanted to but to nervous to go to a gym full of boxers
    Me being 180lbs 6ft 4
    Them supposedly 230lbs 6ft

    Wearing headgear and 10oz gloves would i be likley to be no where near, being that we are both supposedly new to boxing?
  2. Fhaggis

    Fhaggis Active Member Full Member

    Oct 12, 2016
    I'll smash you for a grand, or let you smash me for 2
  3. NasalSpray

    NasalSpray Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 22, 2018
  4. anjawnaymiz

    anjawnaymiz Get outta my pub you slags!!! Full Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    You need to join an amateur boxing club, the trainers there after a few months will assess you and probably put you in with someone of similar ability.

    The only people they usually throw in 1st time to teach them a lesson are the ones who show up giving it the big’un or the pikeys so they don’t come back, although my trainer would always send us on a big run with lamppost sprints why usually put them off coming again

    Also they sometimes do body only sparring which is much less scary I think for 1st timers

    Good luck and enjoy!
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  5. Momus

    Momus Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    I'd be a lot more nervous about sparring with a random person when I've never boxed before, than going to a well-run boxing gym and learning the fundamentals and gradually building up confidence through light sparring with people of similar experience and ability.
  6. Hattonmad

    Hattonmad Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Tony Hayers will let you pull his mickey while he repeats the words "Tyson Fury, boring and unpopular" if that's any use?
  7. ecto55

    ecto55 Well-Known Member Full Member

    May 28, 2009
    As a novice, always begin sparring nice and light with someone you trust (or feel you can trust) as there are a lot of twits out there looking to gain some ego boost at others expense.

    I'm not sure what you can learn from sparring another novice without you both being taught and brought along together.

    If your going to try and tee up sparring outside an amateur club, always wear 16oz gloves (boil 'n' bite mouthguard / headgear also), and check your spar mate's wearing the same (note that 14oz's can look like 16oz's and some people will try and sneak these past you by 'accident').

    Check the padding - people deliberately using gloves with broken padding at knuckles is not unknown....that's not a good way to start a new sport.

    Open sparring should only following some tuition and teaching (shadow boxing / floor work, bag work, pad work etc) and needs to be supervised so no-one opens up on you while your still completely novice.

    One trick I used to use with less experienced people for their first time at the gym was telling to just spend the whole two-three hours of the sparring session watching - no actual training...it works them in slowly and the next time they come (to train this time) they should be a little more comfortable / less intimidated. Each to their own though.

    Boxing isn't something that can be rushed - the movements aren't natural and are even less so once your being punched at.

    I understand that boxing gyms can seem intimidating - but everyone starts where you are at some point too, so the best advice I can give you is to overcome that 'hurdle' and get acclimatized to going to a boxing gym.

    So much of boxing is learnt from watching others who are more skilled - your really are handicapping yourself if you try to learn any other way.

    Best a luck.
  8. PaddyGarcia

    PaddyGarcia Representative of the #SocialistElite Full Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    Two new people sparring with 10 oz gloves is an awful idea and quite reckless. You should both do a couple of months of drills and the like before sparring, even if it's light IMO. That's a big weight disparity too.
  9. Here's Johnny

    Here's Johnny Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 18, 2015
    If we lived closer I’d spar you. I’m only slightly heavier than you and same height. I used to do a lot of training and sparring but never competed. This was over ten years ago and I’m out of shape so I’d definitely have regressed to a beginner standard now haha.

    As people have commented though, you’re best joining a gym where it’s safe and people can actually train you properly.
  10. Songshadow

    Songshadow Dogged & Relentless Full Member

    Jun 24, 2019
    A person can learn a lot from teaching. I am sure there is a few tough kids in your area that would benefit from your example. There are church groups, foster kids, kids in children's homes, and orphan. Your weight, and height is a far cry from being a good match.
    I think you would make a much better teacher than you would a boxer!

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