I just recently got some headgear and 14 oz gloves to spar with my friend, who happens to be the same weight as I. First off, man it's a blast, there are really few activities that are comparable. But the thing is, he has a good 5 inches of reach on me, and everytime I press the attack, my fists just whiz right past his head. The only time I can really clock him good is if I let him come to me and then try my best to hit him with a good, short counter-punch. I try to keep him at bay with my jab and then put some combinations together, but it's hard to get inside to the range I need, and instead I find myself being stuck on the outside eating shots. That and the fact that I am not so accustomed to getting hit yet, I tend to turtle up, or even turn my head to the side in an attempt to protect myself. I would really like to work on it and develop some strong, basic tecnique for dealing with these factors. Any tips?