Reason for Participating
First and foremost it’s a great cause. All proceeds of the event go to cancer research. Most can relate to the impact cancer has on people and their families. Having run 5Ks for charity in the past I felt this was a chance to push myself further and contribute more. I also was encouraged to fight this year having attended past events and speaking with previous participants. Finally I recognized this was an opportunity to partake in something unique. I anticipate talking about my undefeated (1-0) record for years to come!
The Mighty Quinn
TOUGHEST PART OF TRAINING
The toughest part of training has definitely been sparring. Going one on one with someone in the ring for the first time was tough. It became more difficult after when you knew what to expect! Learning to get comfortable getting hit and depending on the situation acknowledging your only option is to sit low, grind down on your mouth piece and take the punches was challenging. There were many bad nights.
MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
The only benchmark for determining how well you are doing in training is sparring. After sparring sessions recognizing any improvements was satisfying. Significant progress from getting beat up to just landing a few solid punches to edging a round was the most enjoyable.
HAS YOUR VIEW OF BOXING CHANGED?
I had always associated boxing with strength and power and didn't think there was too much more beyond that. It immediately became evident during training the importance of conditioning. It doesn't matter how hard you hit if your legs go, you're done. I greatly underestimated the amount of conditioning required to get in shape and prepare for a fight.
GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE
Being selected to captain my hometown football team Kenmare when I was 16.