The Life of a Sparring Partner

Mike Tyson and Kevin Rooney

In my last entry, I discussed the need for hard sparring. As mentioned before, it’s not something that should happen all the time, but competitive fighters do need to be challenged in the gym. Hard sparring is essential to sharpen skills and develop true fight shape conditioning. There’s no better way to prepare for the sport than to practice the sport. The question that came up after my last entry though was who actually performs the sparring? In other words, who are the sparring partners and where do they come from?