I have been training for about 10 months now and was invited to spar after showing some interest in it during my first couple of weeks. I fought 3 2 minute rounds with two dudes and felt, I held my own, and didn't get too badly beaten and even gave them some problems. Now there's this huge dude they call protein shake. I fought him and was at one point pressing the action. He seemed to get a little irate and took a few wild swings which I managed to dodge. I managed to jab him in reply but he then side stepped one and I walked into a huge right hook and the power of it send me crashing to the woodwork. For a second I think I blanked out. They coach who knows protein shake from work and is a good friend of his dad's asked me if I was okay and I continued to fight. I tried to reply with some big shots of my own despite being a little shaken from the knockdown. But this guy kept on coming at me with big shots despite me asking to do light sparring. I shook his hand after and had a laugh, said I was a little embarrassed but the coach just said if you hit him he will hit back. Fair enough but I don't think I was throwing bombs as he didn't have a mark on him. Another dude said I didn't do too badly but I think he was just sugaring the bitter pill of embarrassment. I am wondering if I am being soft, or is it normal to be shaken up after a near knockout? This is the second time I have nearly been knocked out. I got kicked in the face at kung fu as a youngster. I am sitting here with a fat blood lip, dry blood in my nose and a cloudy head.