You’ve heard who they are and why they’re fighting. But now that we’re over the halfway mark until the big night on May 18th, things have started to pick up a bit. Training is getting more intense. They’ve been punched in the face. Most have had a bloody nose here or there, their diets have changed, and boxing is becoming an everyday part of their lives. So we figured it was about time to check back in and see how things have been going. Brian Curran has been putting in work at The Way and below you’ll hear about his first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
I was very fortunate to have someone not be able to fight this night and received the opportunity to step a little less than two weeks ago. The training has kicked into overdrive and I am focusing on giving it everything I have each and every day. The days that I feel too sore, or frankly exhausted, I reflect on the daily fight that I witnessed my Mother endure and push the excuses out of my mind.

How has your diet changed since training began?
My diet has been revamped. I stay constantly aware of what I am putting into my body, telling myself over and over, that tomorrow's workout is based on today’s diet. Protein and Carbs baby!

Tell about your first time sparring. Different than expected?
My first time sparring was on the Sparring/Media day at Sorabella’s Gym in Waltham when all of us fighters had to meet and get in the ring. Hahaha, I would definitely say it was different than expected. I was thinking on the way down to the gym, “I make it thru a 45-60 minute fitness and cardio class, how bad can a couple rounds be?” Well, the answer came to me at the end of those couple rounds. There in a new-found appreciation for what boxers, and other fighting arts, must go thru to endure the time in the ring. It is completely different both physically and mentally when you are in there with another individual who is moving while you are and trying to hit you while you try to hit them. It is Extremely demanding!

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
I would have to say hitting the gym or the pavement each day. Various parts of the body, some I did not know existed, are sore and there can be any magnitude of excuses to give oneself the “day off.” Again, knowing the fight that cancer imposes on our loved ones is what makes me realize that are frivolous excuses at best, and gets my ass back at it again. No excuses, maybe a bit of complaining though :)

What does your family think of your participation?
I have always been blessed to have an extremely supportive family and this support motivates me that much more.

It’s amazing how many people’s lives have been touched by cancer in some way, has there been anyone that has surprised you by their story?
It is very unfortunate how many lives are touched by cancer. Not only the ones who suffer and pay the ultimate price, but the loved ones that are left behind to deal with the pain of losing someone they love. While attending the Sparring/Media day at Sorabella’s gym for Haymakers, I heard the story of Julie Kelly, who coordinates and founded Haymakers. I heard how it had almost taken her life. How she not only beat it, but continued kicking butt in life and accomplishing much after. The first time I met her at THE WAY LLC, she was all smiles, positive vibes, and some compassionate about Haymakers. I had no idea at the time that she was a survivor herself. It truly inspired me. She is focused solely on helping others, and smiles when she talks of driving a van and being a “soccer mom.” A soccer mom that can box her ass off from what I hear as well!

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I would not say changed as much as I would say has grown. Like I mentioned, Julie’s story adds to the inspiration. I also have a close childhood friend. He has a son, Justis, who is only 15 years old. On January 24th, 2017, he was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)-the most aggressive and life-threatening form of brain cancer. Most doctors deem this terminal. Only 3% of all child brain tumors are classified this way. I see pictures and updates daily. This young teen, this young man, is constantly in positive spirits and always smiling. This young man has, and is in, the fight of his life, never making excuses to not push on. How can I possibly make an excuse to not punish my mind and body to help raise money along with all these other great fighters that are doing the same?

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