I've trained for about 7 -8 years off and on had a handful of amateur fights I love the sport more so being in the gym than actually watching it. Being a fan of the sport is kinda hard fights can be boring to me and its hard to keep up with everything going on in the sport.
I really love going into the gym and sparring theres nothing like it to me its really a learning experience and you get better each time. I've gone from a guy that knew 0 about boxing the first day in the gym being nervous about sparring and getting hit and going 3 rounds and coming out completely exhausted even though i was in great shape to most recently stepping in the ring calm and out of shape and being able to spar 6 rds because I am now able to keep calm and pace myself and know my fight more. Not to proud of the out of shape part recently but it happens with injuries but it also taught me how to adjust my fighting style since i wasnt as quick anymore so i take it as a learning experience.
As for my fights its a total different story than sparring i get nervous because of the crowd and it greatly affects my boxing ability. I am still trying to work on this but its been hard because i dont fight very frequently. But I really just box for fun and a learning experience and so far its been great it can get stressful too when competing and making weight but when it gets too much i find its time to take a break since I'm not trying to make a career out of it no point in getting stressed over something thats supposed to be fun. But when i do compete i give it 110% because i know regardless of whether you are doing it for fun or for a profession you can get hurt in there.
I feel like most boxing fans should have the experience of training and sparring some time just to know how demanding the sport is and have more respect for how hard some of these guys have to work just to be seen on tv fighting. I def have a new found respect for fighters of all sorts including MMA even though im not a fan through training as well as fighting in general i never really knew the damage i could do to someone by just hitting them or the damage that could be done to me until i boxed