Reason for Participating
I was inspired to compete in this event because cancer is a horrible disease. Growing up, my family would watch boxing as a way to commune and enjoy each other's company as we rocked and swayed on the couch with every punch and block. As I watched these titans fight, I grew an appreciation for not only the sport but for bravery in the face of opposition and danger. Later in my life, I was fortunate enough to learn true strength from other titans in my life: those battling cancer who have maintained their humanity and strength in the midst of this challenging disease. I wanted to participate in this event to honor two friends, my friend Tom and my cousin Tres, whose bodies succumbed to cancer but whose spirit lives fully in my heart and the hearts of their loved ones everyday. With every punch I throw and every punch I take, we will get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer.
"John and Candi's son" Jonathan Jenkins
TOUGHEST PART OF TRAINING
Giving myself permission to hit someone was the toughest part of the training other than the physical demands of the workouts. In 99% of daily life, violence is avoided but to go ahead and get into a physical confrontation every practice and land punches on others was a huge adjustment when compared to my day job of being a child psychologist.
MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
My new friends. My teammates and comrades at Boston Boxing have made this journey through pain and madness so much more enjoyable with their helpful advice, much needed jokes (often at my own expense), and well-timed punches. They showed me respect by not taking it easy on me in the gym and I hope to reward their time and effort with an exciting and technical performance in the ring. A special thank you to my two coaches (Ed and Shelly) for their guidance and support.
HAS YOUR VIEW OF BOXING CHANGED?
The physical demands of the sport are unreal. The need to build both stamina and strength at the same time was a physical demand that I was not prepared for and one of the biggest challenges other than both taking a punch and hitting people on a daily basis. I trained this hard just to compete in 3 rounds, I cannot imagine the training necessary to compete in a professional bout with 12 rounds of action. Unbelievable.
GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE
Completing the Boston Marathon in 2014.