Reason for Participating
I've always wanted to get into boxing, and have an opportunity to be in a event as great as this one. When I came across this foundation, it was not only fulfilling a goal of mine, but also helping out a great cause. I think all the boxers in this event, past and present, can agree that one thing that keeps us going during training are the children and their families, and what they have to go through on a daily basis.
TOUGHEST PART OF TRAINING
The toughest part of training I think has been pacing myself in the ring. When the round starts, you want to come out going 110% to protect yourself and get a few good shots in, but no matter how good of shape you are in, you can get tired very easily. There are a million things going through your mind with technique, position, and defense, that it is easy to get caught up in all of it.
MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
The most enjoyable part of training has been working together as a team at Quietman Sports Gym. Our trainer, Eddie, always talks about fight night and tells us how we train as a team and show up as a team. Even if we were to get paired up against each other, no matter who wins or loses, we have learned so much together that we all respect each other. The one thing that has stuck with me is Eddie telling us, "When it comes to fight night, once you step into the ring, you've already won because it's for charity and training is the hardest part".
HAS YOUR VIEW OF BOXING CHANGED?
The biggest preconception that has changed since starting training is the size of your opponent. I think you always can get psyched out if you are fighting someone bigger than you, but I quickly realized it's about stamina and technique. Bigger doesn't always mean more power.
GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE
I think this has already been my greatest sporting achievement to date, even before the event. Going through training has been tough not only physically, but mentally. Making it this far has been very demanding, but very rewarding.