I'm going to start a recap of the fight on how I view it personally and what my coach and I went over by addressing this post from Holyheadache ( ). You're right. While I believe my skill level is better than what is seen in that match, I'm not used to using my full ability in that environment. Totally different pace and intensity. Seeing a punch coming during sparring at the gym in a friendly environment is entirely different than competition. Not only that, but I was lacking in experience with fighting people larger than me and as seiken steve commented I hadn't done sparring that simulated a competitive environment. The only thing I can take from it that I think is commendable is that I kept on being aggressive (and too much at times) and kept going at it. The punches at the end weren't the only ones that rocked me and made me think twice about getting inside, but you wouldn't tell that from watching the match. I'm not really upset about the fight. I am, but not in a soul crushing kind of way, just in a "put one foot in front of the other and keep moving" kind of way. There are a number of things to comment on that I could have done better but I and other people looking at the tape in the gym honestly don't feel like I did horrible in the first round. It's the second round where I stopped moving my head almost entirely and didn't keep my hands up. There was a little bit of 'smart boxing' in the first round by me, almost none in the second. Head movement after punches, moving in and attacking than moving out, and keeping my hands up are the things that needed to be done more all around since the game plan was to stay close the majority of the time. I didn't have much of a choice since he had so much reach on me. I failed to do those three things very well. There's a whopping (almost) 4 minutes of viewing. Nothing to really take away from it on skill work other than the obvious and the good was so minimal it's not really worth going over. All in all, I just need to keep working. I need to get harder sparring in to simulate a competitive environment (meaning I need to visit other gyms as well), need to start really thinking about keeping my hands up at all times and moving with punches even when I'm just doing something like shadow boxing, and I need to keep doing what I've been doing which is hitting the gym up every day and increasing my workout intensities. I know what it's like, have experienced the worst that can be offered (aside from a severe injury, but then boxing would probably be done at that point for me), and I can't do anything but move forward and up (not weight!) unless I let myself become a complete bag of crap. We'll see what time brings.