Meet the Participants: Brendan Barschdorf



What is your boxing nickname?


What music are you going to play as you enter the ring?

Iron Maiden - Wasted Years

What inspired you to take part in this year's event?

I learned of ABTB in 2014 from friends that attended the event the year prior.  I was deeply moved by the Michael Dunleavy story and was easily convinced to attend the event last year.  I saw firsthand the culmination of generosity, sport, and community, all for the sake of charity. Since that night, I knew I wanted to contribute to the 2015 event in a more integral way.

What has been the toughest part of your training so far?

I've been training 5 days/week for rugby this winter, and I thought I was in good aerobic shape as a result.  After my first week with the trainers, I found how much more demanding boxing training is .  You know it's bad when a trainer is asking "are you going to die on me"?    

Who is your boxing inspiration or favorite boxer?

Muhammad Ali

What has been the most enjoyable part of training so far?

The people at the gym.  The trainers, fellow ABTB boxers, as well as other boxers giving me instruction and inspiration to ensure I'm learning the fundamentals and pushing myself during each training session. 

Have any of your preconceptions about boxing have been changed since you started training?

Absolutely.  My trainer states it perfectly:  "You play football, you play baseball, you play rugby, but you don't 'play' boxing."  Sure, boxing involves learning technique, training hard, and getting experience, which is similar to other sports.  But once you are in the ring, you're fighting, there is no "play" involved.

What is your greatest sporting achievement to date?

2003 MIAA Division 2 Western-Central Massachusetts Football Champions, Wahconah Regional High School, 2014 New England Rugby Football Union Division III Champions