Richard McKeown

Gym

Boston Boxing

Age

29

Reason for Participating

Two and a half years ago I got a sudden case of Ulcerative Colitis which put me in hospital for a month, I dropped to 125 lbs and had my entire colon removed. 9 months after my last of 3 surgeries I was still struggling to get back to good physical and mental health. Having gone to the Bout to Benefit a few years ago I decided to set myself the challenge of taking on fight in front of 700 people, to ease my way back into 'normal life'. The past 3 months have helped me get into the best physical shape of my life and back training in a team environment again. 

Weight Class

Middleweight

HomeTown

Cambridge, MA

BOXING NICKNAME

The Drone from Tyrone

FAVORITE BOXER

Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton

TOUGHEST PART OF TRAINING

The first round of heavy sparring left me contemplating the meaning of life.

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING

Being back in a team environment has been brilliant, after being out of team sports for a few years it was great to get back training with other people again. The team at Boston Boxing have been amazing.

HAS YOUR VIEW OF BOXING CHANGED?

I knew sparring was going to be harder than anything I could imagine but it was probably 100 times harder than I imagined. My first round of sparring was against someone with 6 fights to my zero...it didnt end well for me.

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE

I played a lot of rugby growing up and captained my high school team for 4 years winning the Ulster High Schools trophy. I won a few 'under age' Ulster medals with my club team Rainey Old Boys RFC too.