So yesterday I was sparring as usual, without headgear. I know, I know, stupid choice. But I usually won't spar using a headgear as my sparring partners gloves are pretty soft. But yesterday, I sparred with a new partner, and he was using brand new gloves, and I ended up getting cut in the 6th round. It's not like just a scratch or anything, the skin on my forehead literally is split open, but thankfully it's not too deep or that large of a cut. So now that I'm off sparring for at least a good two weeks, does anyone know how to keep my sparring skills sharp? I'm a competing boxer, so I tend to spar a lot. I'm not too sure how to keep my fighting skills sharp though if I can't spar. Should I shadow box with my gloves on to keep my body used to the weight of the gloves? Or is it better to shadowbox without gloves? Should I punch the bag as if I were in a 3 round bout with lots of head movement, in and out footwork, sidestepping and flurry of punches? Or should I just keep the pace slow on the bag and work on technique? And second question, how do I heal the cut fast? I put a disinfectant and neosporin last night, then left a band aid over it. This morning the cut wasn't like open anymore and it looks to be healing well. What else do I do to make sure it heals fast and how do I know when it is completely healed so I can spar again?