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 October 5th, 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. Nicole Bezreh has been putting in work at BoxSmith and below you’ll hear about her first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
Slowly, but surely. It is challenging and some days are tougher than others, but it's absolutely worth it!

What is your weekly routine?
I'm adjusting to a new work schedule, so my routines all changed at one. That has its benefits and disadvantages. I'm at the gym 5 nights a week and sneaking in extra short workouts in the am when I can.

How has your diet changed since training began?
I've never been great at portion control. I have learned that if you're craving something it is usually better to have a small portion of that food, but healthy otherwise. I'm eating more protein and getting most carbs naturally from fruits and veggies instead of my usual, pasta.

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Sparring was mostly what I expected. I've had a lot of variability with size and experience of opponents which has made for different challenges. It's amazing how 2 minutes of sparring can physically and mentally exhaust you more than almost anything else!

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
I was primarily a night nurse until just about the time I started training. My body is not just adjusting to increased work outs, but it's challenging adjusting to a new sleep schedule too. Also, summer comes with temptations- vacations, barbecues, summer drinks...

What does your family think of your participation?
They're incredibly supportive. My mom even keeps me company on runs and helps me meal prep. They're also a little nervous about me getting a black eye or something since Belles of the Brawl is three weeks before my brother's wedding.

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?
I work in healthcare, so little surprises me. However, I continue to be inspired by the stories I hear every day! Especially the fighters who have fought cancer themselves!

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
My inspiration hasn't changed, just grown!

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