I have noticed an issue in my sparring, when I close the range it is fairly normal to take a couple of knocks on my way in. Normally that is not an issue but when I am fighting some of the larger guys in my class I end up flinching when I get hit that slows me and gives them time to circle and avoid my advance. I am working on standard body hardening as well as slowly increasing my amount of "high" contact sparring.
Is their anything you would recommend for training out the pause that comes from getting hit? I think most of it is mental from anticipating the pain since I am able to soak the punches without that much physical effect (other than brusing that makes my wife laugh at me when I hobble home), especially since I am closing and so frequently have robbed them of a lot of room to swing.
Any help or suggestions are apprecaited.