Originally Posted by johnc
Thanks for all your advice over head guards, it will only be for sparring and the club ones look very old and thin. I have left it a little to late to box in competition (what is the max age)
40 is the maximum age you can box as an amateur in the UK in the masters category. You can only box people between the age of 34 and 40 though. Not many novices available to box in this category though so you would struggle to get bouts.
If you are under 34 you would be classes as a senior and can box anyone between the age of 17 and 34.
I would just get an open face head guard. Don't worry too much about getting hit in the face - it's not as bad as you think.
I can see the benefits of full face head guards for experienced lads but for a novice who plans on competing, I think it's probably best to experience getting hit without face protection.
You may decide the sport isn't for you as many do. Or, you may realize getting hit on the nose isn't the end of world.
I would just use the head guards in the gym for now. See how you go and then make a decision regarding what type of head guard is best for you.
Besides if you turn up for your first sparring session in a full face head guard you will look a bit of a prat IMO haha.
It's probably best not to make make to much of a big deal about it. Just get in the ring and enjoy yourself - I doubt you will be going hard to start with.
Good luck mate.