Originally Posted by mconstantine
I don't think there is any shame in using full face protector style of head gear and here is why.
1. You're sparring. The goal of sparring is to work on your technique, not do damage or prove you can take damage.
2. Full face gear should allow you to go a little harder without increasing the risk of damage. This should be the goal since again, the goal is to work on technique. The more sparring can replicate a real match, the better.
3. It seems to be common amongst pros now (monkey see, monkey do, I know but still)
4. If you're serious about a boxing career, your goal should be to extend your career. Taking UNNECESSARY damage during PRACTICE doesn't really support that goal.
5. We're talking about practice. Not even the real fight, we're talking about PRACTICE...PRACTICE man.
I always used/use Full Face Protection when sparring. First off I have to say I enjoyed the ability to crank up the intensity with less risk. Also my nose hates getting punched and I'm too pretty (joke). A few warnings, be very careful and selective about what kind you choose. expensive isn't always better, but don't go cheap. Also I suggest buying your own, because the headgear at the gym is most likely pretty nasty. Of course if money is an issue, then by all means use the gear at the gym versus buying cheap crappy headgear.
Also beware the face bar, I have a very difficult time seeing some shots (particularly uppercuts and shovel hooks) because the bar blocks the lower quadrants of my peripherial vision. I've seen some full face gear without the bar, and it seems to allow for better vision. I haven't used any of these so I can't really comment on how protective they are.
Also some shots that would have missed will connect with the facebar, and twist your head around a bit, so you have to be weary of shots that wouldn't normally connect, that all of a sudden do.
I like it though... No need get your nose broken just to get some good work in.