Bill, when I was a kid and took up boxing a gym at a boys club it was a big gym and had a boxing team.
In fact, I continued to box for that club for a lot of years.
At the time it was the best boxing gym, and had the the best over all fighters in the state, and we near always took home the most trophies, and that club turned out a lot of pros from the amateur ranks, no world champions, but some who become contenders in different weight divisons in the 1950s and the 1960s.
The time in which I was there was in the 1960s, and in the early 1970s I started boxing for others clubs and at different gyms.
There was a lot of guys, of course, the boxing scene then was not like it is today.
Boxing was a by far more popular sport back in those days.
I never had any problem in getting sparring partners for there were so many at the gym back in those days.
Trainers were always careful to evenly match sparring partners at the gym.
They would not put a by far more experienced and older kid out there in the ring with a much younger and less experienced kid. They would always evenly match as close a possible in sparring.
There were exceptions but that's usually the way it was back then.
As I grew older, and as a middleweight there were times when I would spar with guys below as well as above my weight class.
This can be good to do some times, especially if there are at times a lack of sparring partners.
But I never had any trouble getting sparring partners back in those days.
I think at your age and where you at now, your trainer should more evenly match you with sparring partners, this will help you to develop better as a boxer.
Nobody should be putting you out there sparring with some kid who is older and more experienced than you are unless of course, this is the only sparring partner available for you to spar with.
Another reason for this is because you want to get out there and to really mix it up out there in the ring a lot often times just like its as real fight.
Why that is important is because what you practice or get into the habit of practicing in sparring in the ring at the gym, is what your going to do in a contest or real fight.
If you get into the habit of holding back you are likely to do that not really even meaning to in a real fight.
But of course, if there is the problem of there being a lack of suitable sparring partners for you at the gym you are training at. Naturally, you have to take what's available to you.
When I was boxing at the gym I sparred every day. At the end of my daily workouts I would get in the ring and to spar a few rounds, and I never did that no less than five days a week at the gym.
If possible, you need to be sparring every day, and the more you spar the more you'll learn how to fight and what works best for you. Your trainer needs to watch you and to show you what your doing right and what your doing wrong, and what you should be doing, and also why you should do it.
This is the sign of a good trainer. He not only tells you what to do, but also why you should do it.