I have trained M.M.A. for 9 months. At my gym it's mostly BJJ (submission wrestling) based. We have a few solid wrestlers that went to state in high school, but nobody in my gym posesses a solid and funde****lly sound boxing assett. We have some guys, as well as myself that have great kicks and try to incorporate it with some hand strikes, but then again all we know is like the basic stances and how to throw a jab, cross, hook, upper cuts, and putting them into proper combinations. It's very basic since we lack solid stand up fighters. We only use strikes in our gym to set up a take down or a kick. For instance. I'll throw a jab, then step out at an angle with my front foot then throw a kick so I can step out of the pocket when i throw my kick so i don't get hit with a punch. Well one of my good friends dad has like a mediocre amature boxing record of 1-2, back in his day, and my friend claims that he's automatically good just because his dad was and taught him stuff. So we are going to spar. 3, 90s rounds. i want to test me stand up and get the better of him. Since i lack solid boxing skills can you guys revise a strategy for me. Safety first. We will be fighting in a ring with headgear and mouth pieces, etc. He's a lil bigger than me but everything else is even. We are both 6'0 180-190 so i assume reach wont be a factor. However, i am alot more agile and quicker so i want to use those advantages. I was thinking since im quicker that i should move around alot and circle away from his right hand and keep a distance and utilize my jab and rely on counters since i think i can beat him to the punch. Thoughts?