Meet the Participants: Phil O Driscoll

What is your boxing nickname?

Phil "The Power" O' Driscoll

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

Ready Or Not - The Fugees

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



After attending the first About to Benefit event and witnessing the bravery it took friends among others to step into the ring in front of a big crowd and test themselves physically and mentally, I was determined to signup. The story of Michael Dunleavy and his families commitment to bring awareness and donations to a truly worthy cause was also a major factor in my participation.

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

Getting into the ring sparring for the first time was a real mental and physical challenge. A three minute round of boxing might not sound like a long time but when you are in the ring you realize how much of a challenge it is.

Who is your boxing inspiration or favorite boxer?

Mike Tyson

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

Everything about the training at Redline has been really enjoyable. Meeting other boxers and trainers at Redline has been a highlight, the dedication they put in is impressive.

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

The level of training required to get a decent technique in the ring was something that I think I underestimated. It is a steep learning curve to get to the point where you can throw a good 1-2 combination while maintaining a boxing stance that allows you to protect yourself from an opponents punches.

What is your greatest sporting achievement to date?

I am proud of both these achievements;
- Running the 2014 Baystate marathon in 3 hours 10 minutes
- Being the player/manager of a Kendall Wanderers team that won promotion to the Baystate Soccer League (BSSL) First Division in 2014