Boxing for 2 months and love it! Need tips on sparring please :-)
So I quit drinking after years of partying and needed something to replace it. It just happened that a boxing gym was next to where I worked, so I stopped in for an intro class and got hooked right away! Been a boxing fan since I was a kid
I train during all my free time and have been sparring every week since my fourth day in the gym. At first, my sparring partners didn't punch back and I just worked stance, moving my crotch, and the jab.. right straight.. left hook.. etc. My corner constantly yelling at me
Now after 2 months of training everyday and sparring 1-2 times a week, ring veterans (ranked amateurs and pros) are countering and I walk out of the ring every time feeling like I got my ass kicked. My trainer gives me a free membership and coaches me a lot, but I'm still getting beat to the punch. I'm finally starting to land shots by fainting, jabbing and throwing punches from odd angles, but still getting smoked. My nose bleeds every time I walk into stiff shot (timing's improving, but still).
My sparring partner is a weight class above me and has crazy long arms. I want to get inside, but he moves quick. I film my sparring, and i counted 82 jabs in the last 30 seconds of the 3rd round we last sparred. I only landed 2 counters he was so accurate, quick and tricky.
How do you get over sparring frustration, and what are your tricks on getting inside on a boxer-puncher? I try stepping in, parrying, slipping, while jabbing, but only odd shots like slipping his jab while throwing a shoulder wrenching wide hook has landed, then I get stuck with my feet wide.
Maybe I'm thinking too much and just need to keep up my basics until i get more hours under my belt.