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Hello there,

I'd like to take up boxing as a hobby and for fitness and self defense at some stage, but some previous sparring at some white collar boxing classes made me realise that I have a very sensitive nose that bleeds or gets knocked out of place. So what I'd like to know is how much of a disadvantage would using a face saver be? Also, would it be frowned upon in some gyms? I am not looking to compete as an amateur or anything like that, just join a boxing club and spar a little bit for the benefits that sparring might give me. Also, in your opinion, is the Winning FG 5000 the best face saver? Thanks.

Hi Paul,
Happy to hear that you are taking up the sweet science!
Boxing is a beautiful sport and takes time to learn. Take your time before stepping into the ring to spar. If you are working with coaches that allow you to spar without you feeling confident inside the ring, change coaches/gyms. First thing you need to work on is your defense. If you really want to learn the sport and get the most out of sparring, be prepared before getting into the ring.
As for how gyms look at face savers; yes, they are frowned upon unless you are a professional boxer preparing for a big fight and have a broken nose. Besides, these headgears are cumbersome and make it hard to see. This will not allow you to learn how to get away from punches in the proper way.
The benefits of sparring are to work on the skills you have learned shadow boxing and on the punching bag. Sparring is to prepare for a fight. Sparring should never be used to "get in shape". If coaches are putting you into the ring before you are ready, you will never get the true benefits of sparring.
Hope this helps and good luck in your continued learning!

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