View Full Version : How long did it take you to start sparring?

03-11-2008, 11:31 AM
Just wondering how long it took you guys to start sparring after taking on boxing. I've "half-sparred" with a buddy of mine at my friend's gym a couple of times but we were pretty much just going at it really easy without headgear, just wearing sparring gloves but I have yet to sparred in my local gym. I'm a little hesitant to ask one of the guys in there to spar since I really don't know anyone well, and from what I've seen not a lot of people spar the days I've been in the gym, and the ones that do they seem to be friends with each other. I feel like I'm ready to spar for at least 3 rounds, I've been hitting the heavy bag for over a year now, getting better at the speedbag, footwork is still a work in progress as well as jumping a mean rope, but my punches feel strong and I got the mechanics in place I think. Any tips?

2swell k-wells
03-11-2008, 01:54 PM
Im 45, started boxing when i was 17, still no sparring yet...

03-11-2008, 06:58 PM
Im 45, started boxing when i was 17, still no sparring yet...

i lold....

03-11-2008, 07:04 PM
it was like 3 weeks for me but i think it may have more to do with the fact that my gym has scheduled sparring

03-11-2008, 07:19 PM
I sparred my first day there and just about every day after........Rockin':boxing:

03-11-2008, 07:57 PM
It depends on you personaly, if you feel your ready give it a try. If ya get your ass kicked and can't hold up your hands after the first or second round you need to train more. If you hold your own and feel strong at the end of 3 rounds your ready. The only thing that will make you comfortable in the ring is lots of sparring. Good Luck

03-11-2008, 08:15 PM
Can't you ask one of the coaches to sort it out for you? If not then just introduce yourself to a few of the other boxers, tell them you haven't sparred before and ask if they'd mind sparring with you.

03-12-2008, 03:11 AM
My trainer put me in the ring the first week of training. He thought I knew what I was doing cause my movement and punches looked good. I thought I would have no problem with the guy cause my cardio was great. but after about 1 round I was exhausted. I couldnt believe it. I didnt know what was wrong. Later I figured that it had to have been my nerves. I was just really nervous about getting in the ring. later after working with the trainer in the ring I felt more calm and relaxed. my advise would be to get in there and get comfortable with sparring. if your O.K. sparring your friend then try someone else.

03-12-2008, 03:47 AM
it took me about a month.

punchDrUnK MONK
03-12-2008, 04:40 PM
it took me a solid 3-4 months .. all depends on what ur trainer thinks.. and how much experience u have and ****.. u gota be at a certain level to spar. your trainer will know when ur ready

03-12-2008, 04:43 PM
my buddy fights pro, we used to work out together, after about 2 weeks i was sparring with him, then after about 3 weeks i was sparring with other guys at the gym.