Hey guys, finally had a bit of time in midst of studying to box. I had the chance to spar with a guy who had 1-2 years of boxing experience, while i myself hardly have any. We wore headguards and whatnot, and went for about 3 round intervals. Here was my experience: I would approach him trying to find range and whatnot trying to be patient but whenever i got too close and try to hit him with a jab he always managed to counterpunch and this was pretty much the case, he was 1-2 inches shorter than me but made up the weight as he was pretty muscular (stocky physique) i was apparently telegraphing my shots with my shoulders way too bad. Here are my concerns guys: 1- How do i deal with a damn patient counter puncer? Im gonna be dealing with this guy a lot since hes one of the only guys my size there. 2- Each time i got hit i would feel the thud for a nano second, then be back to normal almost immediately - mind you these were shots i didnt see coming and they were well timed shots from good angles, at one point he got me with a 1-2 and i lost my balance a bit but nothing serious, i had a tiny headache for a few hours after but nothing serious....do i have a bad chin? 3- I have been on the pads before and always been complimented on my power, unfortunately i couldnt get into positions that could allow me to use my power and even if i did i didnt have sufficient time to properly use my hips/legs for that raw power naaimsayin? How can i improve on this. 3- Im studying law guys and i need my brain cells intact, if i attend this boxing gym i will be sparring 2x a week (with head guard tho) i read a report that even amateur boxers can get brain damage, i discussed with a guy once how he did amateur boxing for half a year but then stopped since he found it hard to focus and study, i dont want to be incapable of studying for my exams in 6 months due to sparring, its not worth it. Would appreciate the feedback guys.