Romani Morris

GYM
YMCA

AGE
31

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Boston, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
The Hitman

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
I enjoy the sport of boxing. The hard work, sweat and dedication gives you a sense of accomplishment.

FAVORITE BOXER
Manny Pacquiao

Tim Sheridan

GYM
Quietman

AGE
26

WEIGHT CLASS
Middleweight

HOMETOWN
Littleton, MA

BOXER NICKNAME
Timmy "Sweet Thing" Sheridan

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
I'd like to do what I can to support the kids and families effected by cancer. Whether that means of winning a fight or getting knocked out, I'm happy to be a part of this.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Definitely the first spar. 

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Meeting everyone involved and picking up tips.

FAVORITE BOXER
Micky Ward

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
The training and endurance required to complete three rounds is completely different than any sport I have played before.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
165 Lb. 8 point Whitetail, archery season


Ryan Montoni

GYM
YMCA

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Middleweight

Home Town
Towson, MD

Nick Name
Bone Saw

INSPIRATION
I enjoy stepping to the edge of my comfort zone and experiencing things that I've never done before (in a ring, with gloves)

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Footwork and lower body agility

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Drinking beer with my teammates after practice

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
100+ mile bike ride to The Cape and 14 hour speed hikes in The Whites


Fred Lane

GYM
YMCA

AGE
26

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Dorchester, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Clubber Lane

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
My mother is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and she beat it with chemotherapy to make sure the cancer didn't return, and I lost a classmate from high school to cancer last year.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
The punk rope conditioning class, but I feel better every week I attend, and also the running and swimming(I will start tomorrow) will also be the toughest part of my training.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Practicing tactical skills and movement along with defense in the ring.  

FAVORITE BOXER
"Iron" Mike Tyson


Jay Cabral

GYM
Nantucket

AGE
39

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Nantucket, MA

HOMETOWN
The Gentleman

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
One of my best buddies had signed up to box in this event. Shortly after signing up he was diagnosed with cancer. He asked me to take his spot and here I am!!

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Getting my wind up without a doubt. Cardio is not my friend!!

FAVORITE BOXER
Roy Jones Jr

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Boxing is tough!!


Keith Peifer Jr.

GYM
Quietman

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Georgetown, MA

NICKNAME
Big Cinnamon

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
 I moved to Boston area roughly a year and half  ago and have been looking for ways to get involved with the community.  I was fortunate enough to meet Eoin and Niall on my Softball team, where they introduced this event and sold me to participate in the event.  For me, the event served as a win/win.  I could not only use the event event as a catalyst for  my new years resolutions but also as a way to participate in something to raise money for a great cause.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Every aspect of the training regimen.  Not only does each training session take the body to complete exhaustion, but it the way in which you have to mentally prepare for sparring sessions is by far on of the toughest things I ever had to endure.  

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Feeling the progress and progression after weeks of hard work.  The first couple weeks were tough.  I had no idea if i would be able to get myself into position where I could compete at a high level.  Looking back on the the accomplishments I have made in two months, the strives I have made are is by far the most enjoyable part of the experience. 

FAVORITE BOXER
James J. Braddock

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
I always knew that boxing was a physically exhausting sport, I just extremely underestimated how exhausting one round can be.  When watching professional boxing, i have a greater appreciation for boxers than are into the 10th and later rounds, that are still throwing punches and moving like the first round.  

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning three NEC championships as a Scholarship football player at the University at Albany.  


Robert (Bobby) Alexander

GYM
YMCA

AGE
24

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Winchester, MA

NICKNAME
The Iceman

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
The tireless charitable efforts of the Dunleavy Family. 

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Living up to my nickname. My routine includes daily cold showers and weekly ice baths. 

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Bonding with my training partners and coaches through the rigorous conditioning that we have endured.

FAVORITE BOXER
Marvelous Marvin Hagler

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
I have come to appreciate the importance of footwork in a sport that is fought with the hands.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
50+ PIM in consecutive seasons ACHA Men's Division II Hockey 2010-2012
Beat NHLers Mike Condon and Connor Brickley in Beer Pong back in highschool


Ian Fein

GYM
Quietman

AGE
33

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Somerville, MA

BOXER NICKNAME
Ian "Furioso" Fein

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
A friend did the first Bout to Benefit and the event itself captivated me.  I think it's amazing thing to push yourself outside your comfort zone, try something new, get in really good shape and do it all for a great cause.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Getting in the ring with Eddie

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Getting in the ring with Eddie

FAVORITE BOXER
Sugar Ray Leonard

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
How leg intensive boxing is, my legs are almost always the first part of my body to get tired.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
I once ate an entire "governor's plate" at Governors Diner.  


Dan Reale

GYM
Quietman

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Woburn, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Dynamite Dan Reale

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
I thought that I could get a lot of people to attend the event by fighting so I thought I would do my best to raise some money for a good cause. 

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Trying to go hard but staying lose and relaxed at the same time. 

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Working hard and sweating it out next to the other fighters in the event.  

FAVORITE BOXER
Mike Tyson

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning the ECAC in College football at Norwich University


Chris Wicken

GYM
Quietman

AGE
35

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Reading, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Chris “The Wicked” Wicken

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE?
I know too many people with Cancer or who have lost someone to Cancer. This event is an opportunity for me to get my friends and family together to support a great cause and help those in need. 

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING?
The toughest part is preparing for the unknown. Every time you step into the boxing gym you are only slightly aware of what is in store for you that day. This is mentally and physically challenging but has made me much stronger. 

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING?
Becoming friends with the trainers and other ABTB competitors at QuietMan

FAVORITE BOXER?
James J. Braddock

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED?
I knew boxers worked hard and that it was a sport that required a great deal of dedication. However, until you experience the intensity of a boxers workout followed by a sparring session you have no idea. And I realize what we are enduring is only the tip of the iceberg. 

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT?
I have played sports my entire life. I tried everything, soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, among others as a kid. In college I played 5 years of Rugby.  Over the past few years I began tackling Spartan Races, Mudders and 5ks. I am proud to say there hasn't been much I didn't attempt when an opportunity was given to me. That being said, nothing in my past compares to this event and the mark (hopefully the visual "marks" are minimal!) the experience will leave.


Gary Sherlock

GYM
Redline

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Middleweight

HOMETOWN
Quincy, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Beast of the East

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
It's a great charity to fundraiser for. Friends of mine had taken part before and loved it. Good incentive to get fit after the Christmas holidays.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
The time involved in driving back and forth to Cambridge in Boston traffic. Getting punched

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
The anticipation and lead up to the fight has been a great talking point with family and friends. There has been great support and plenty slagging.

FAVORITE BOXER
Ali

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
I hadn't been fully aware of the time commitment needed to get fit in such a short time. It seems no matter how hard you train it is still tough to go a few minute rounds without feeling drained. I would have great respect for fighter that can last 12 rounds.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT

Winning the hurling county final in my home town


Chris McMahon

GYM
Redline

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Middleweight

HOMETOWN
Detroit, MI

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
After rupturing my achilles a year ago, I was limited in what sports/activities I could take part in. Couldn't jog for 6 months after Surgery, couldn't play soccer until 12 months. For this reason I had to try a lot of exercises/sports that I'd never done before. Boxing proved a perfect opportunity to exercise, build up strength in my leg & the event provided perfect incentive to keep me focused

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Turns out I wasn't wrapping my hands correctly the first few sessions & I started to get pains in my wrists. I couldn't afford to stop training long term though so after taking a few days off, it required me to alter my training a little. I had to do press-ups on my knuckles instead of my palms for example. This along with back to back sessions in Redline was very tough

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Noticing the improvement in stamina over the weeks & the drills coming more naturally

FAVORITE BOXER
Ali

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
The ab work is a killer... much worse than I thought

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Completing first Half Marathon a few years ago with my Dad

Dan Schlauch

GYM
Redline

AGE
32

WEIGHT CLASS
Middleweight

HOMETOWN
Jamaica Plain, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Tsunami

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
By working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I get to witness the incredible work that researchers, health care professionals, and patients do everyday in fighting cancer. It is inspiring to see the dramatic new developments in science that help us understand and fight the disease. While this progress is and promising, but can only proceed forward if we provide the resources and public awareness to allow scientists to develop the next major breakthroughs.
I'm fighting in ABTB to help support research and raise awareness of childhood cancers.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
In my first sparring match I vastly underestimated the conditioning required to fight for 3 rounds.  By far the most exhausted I've been in my life.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Bonding with my training partners and coaches through the rigorous conditioning that we have endured.

FAVORITE BOXER
Mike Tyson

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Preconception: Boxing is about relentlessly attacking your opponent until he is unconscious.
Reality: Boxing is about tactical and technical skill. 

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
2006 Wesleyan University intramural B-league softball champions!


Siri Belton

GYM
YMCA

AGE
26

WEIGHT CLASS
 

HOMETOWN
Jamaica Plain, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Sweet Pea B

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
For me, fighting isn't about hurting someone. Fighting is about challenging yourself and being prepared for hardships in life. When you've been fighting and you're tired, you can't just give up. You find the strength and the will to keep going - even when you think you can't anymore. Life is the same; you'll face challenges and let-downs, but you still need to find the will to keep on. 
This event allows me to train in a new style and challenge myself in new ways, all while supporting a great cause.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
My knuckles still get sore pretty quickly, so the hardest part is pushing through that to keep hitting the bag and alternate with push-ups. 

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
The people are the most enjoyable part of the training. Everyone is always willing to answer questions and offer supportive advice or just chat about the sport. 

FAVORITE BOXER
Amanda Serrano

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
While training I've realized that hitting hard isn't the goal. If you can't land a shot, you won't be competitive. Being agile, controlled, and quick to respond is equally or more important than raw power. 

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
2015: 3rd in my division in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the IBJJF Championship. 


Michelle Rodriguez

GYM
YMCA

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Welterweight

HOMETOWN
Somerville, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
The Tweety

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
At first this was just a challenge from a coworker that has done this in the past (Varun this is all your fault!). I knew it was for charity but I wasn't aware of what charity when I signed up. I really thought I honestly wasn't going to get selected for this because I thought I would need to be matched with someone before starting. I mean what girl my size would willingly volunteer to be hit in the face (me-- well I may not be in my right mind). I heard what the charity was for after being selected and.. well I've always wanted to help people. I work for a biotech and really the reason I was drawn to that was to able to help people through science (I was specifically interested in oncology). I like being able to hear how my work may help a patient. I was a nursing student my freshman year of college and it just didn't seem to be the right fit for me. This path was my way of helping. Although it's not a direct way to help. So I figured if getting punched in the face and punching someone else back for entertainment was a way I could help and raise money to further research for pediatric oncology, I'm happy to do it. As a research/scientist, further science to help others is really important to me.  

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Being tired all the time. I used to work out all the time when I was a kid and now I guess I'm older and have less time to do it... but I feel so tired all the time. Now even before this I would do some type of activity 3-4 a week or more depending on what I was training for or what activities I could afford... so I was already in decent shape. It was just a huge commitment, a fun one but still a lot of work. Sparring was hard but I got over the shock eventually of being hit. (I'm still working on being better at it) What has stuck with me the most is just being tired.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Working out. I'm a work out junkie. I'm one of those people that is so happy doing something extremely hard. I'm sure everyone around me hates me for how happy and up beat I am. I get a high from it. 

FAVORITE BOXER
Evander Holyfield

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
I didn't think much of it actually. I only really thought it would be one of those things I could just pick up and do like most sports I've played. It's not the case with this. Your mind set is completely different. You have to remain calm in order to think clearly about what you're doing. You can't always react. To be a boxer you have to be smart. Boxers are smart people. It takes an insane amount of discipline and patience.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
This was a while ago but it's one of my favorite memories... and allows me to brag about myself a bit. I got to relive the glory days every once in awhile :P

Anyways... I play in a national tournament when I was 22 for rugby sevens in Providence, RI. I was playing on this 7's team called the Falcons. This team was geared towards taking college rugby players of all levels and making them elite ruggers. It was a team that really helped me step up my rugby game... just before I stopped playing. Out of 30-50 girls I was one of 12 selected to go to this tournament with this team. I would say that was definitely the coolest achievement. At this tournament I got to play against some girls that were on the national team. They were HUGE. Just tall strong and muscular. I am tiny in comparison (to most people anyways). I intercepted a pass in bowl match game and broke away to score a try which allowed us to win the bowl. (There's the bowl match, plate match and cup match, bowl being the lowest you could possibly win... but whatever still pretty cool)

The hardest sporting achievement I've ever accomplished was competing in Reach the Beach this past year. It's a road race where 200 miles is split between a team of up to 12 people. You have no sleep because you're sleeping when you can in a van and you're running every few hours. It was absolutely insane but I had a blast. I ran 20.7 miles total. It was easily the most physically draining and mentally draining thing I've done and I've tried all sorts of sports and competitions. I'm extremely proud of myself for doing it. I must be sick because I'm doing it again. Maybe some day I'll do a marathon, if I'm ever brave enough.
 


Brian Rooney

GYM
Quietman

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Somerville, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
The Real Deal

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
To channel my inner Conor McGregor

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Sparring with Eddie.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Sparring with Eddie.

FAVORITE BOXER
Katie Taylor

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
2008- Minor Football Division 2 League Champions -  Still waiting on our medals from the Dublin County Board


Colm Shannon

GYM
Quietman

AGE
39

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Melrose, MA

BOXING NICKNAME
Glasses in molasses

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
Rocky 4

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Working with Kim and Eddie . Total pros and very enlightening individuals . 

FAVORITE BOXER
Sean Mannion

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Yes , the physical effort involved is incredible , and the mental training also takes its toll


Nipun Sud

GYM
Redline

AGE
28

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Cambridge, MA

BOXER NICKNAME
Beast from the East

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE?
I was at the event last and it really got me going. It was a pleasure to see everyone working hard in the ring and displaying all their skills. With a mix of excitement and being a few beers down, I decided to make the move. 
Boxing is a tough sport and something I wanted to get involved with, this was the best opportunity. Also being able to volunteer and raise money for charity really helped me make up my mind and remove any doubts about participating in the event.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING?
To begin with it was just the thought of tough intensive training. Working out intensively for an hour took the gas out of me. Then came in the part of getting punched in the ribs and the face. All this has been tough but great learning experience.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING?
Being the a great physical and mental state. Boxing is a great workout and a stress buster. Learning new techniques and movements. Boxing is much more than what your eyes can see. Meeting a lot of new and interesting people

FAVORITE BOXER?
Mohammad Ali

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED?
Getting punched in the face is going to kill you!! All I need to do is throw punches.Having been punched many times and I'm still alive and kicking. Also learned a lot about timing, alertness, strategy and movement.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT?
Achievements in school and college level sports like Cricket, football (soccer) and Basketball. 


Jorge de la Garza

GYM
YMCA

AGE
30

WEIGHT CLASS
Light Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
McAllen, TX

BOXING NICKNAME
El Oso Pardo

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
I am a glutton for punishment.  I like to inflict pain on myself because I like the stories the scars tell.  However, not everyone who suffers chooses to do so.  It is for them that we fight, to lighten their burden a little.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Chasing a chicken in a back alley.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Getting punched in the face.

FAVORITE BOXER
"Honey" Roy Palmer

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
I didn't have any preconceptions about boxing.  When I signed up for this I actually thought it was a 5k.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Defeating the Tasty Burger Challenge in under 30 minutes.