Before we go any further, I'll just say I'm a horrible boxer. And by horrible, I mean never boxed before, except for a couple of no-gi classes where we gloved up for a round or 2. And I got paired up with a guy who's got a 4 inch height advantage, 40 lb weight advantage, corresponding reach advantage, and is only a terrible boxer. With either no control, or a HUGE chip on his shoulder... Not sure which. This guy has injured another student who was a high school kid. He was on crutches for a couple weeks (got carried away with an ankle lock) and hasn't been back. Right before we started, our instructor said go as hard as you want your opponent to go. I assumed that meant don't swing for the fences unless you're ready to get tagged. Well... He swung for the fences while I was jabbing at maybe 40-50% power. I ate two bodyshots that left me unable to breathe, took a cross to the face that's got my nose hurting (with 16 oz. gloves and headgear), and a busted lip (while wearing a mouthpiece). And since I'm such a shitty boxer, I really couldn't do much other than stay out of his range and circle. But of course, I got hit a couple times and against my better judgement decided to try to close the gap and hit him back. Which just got me hit again. And then to make matters worse, after that round, I got paired with the 17 year old kid who's a foot taller than me, substantially heavier, and has some sort of retard strength with zero control. I bowed out after about 20 seconds of watching him try to punch as hard as he could. Then I left. Grabbed my gloves, shoved my mouthpiece in one, my headgear, my bag, and my sandals and just threw it all in the truck and left. I've been doing some sort of martial arts since I was 18 years old with a couple breaks here and there (I'm 35 now). I've sparred with people who are much bigger than me (cheeseburger.jpg), much more experienced than me, much quicker/faster/stronger than me, and have never gotten teed off on like I did tonight. I've taken punches, heel kicks (got a great video of me blocking one with my face), throws, hard roundhouse kicks, front kicks under the jaw, etc., but never had someone so blatantly just knock me around before. And also never been so pissed about something in a class before. I should have elbowed that fuck when I clinched up with him.