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 17th, 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. Tom Galvin has been putting in work at Haverhill Downtown Boxing 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?
Training is going well. Obviously, some days are better than others but the days when I don’t feel like sparring keeping in mind others cancer battles helps keep me motivated. It always helps to be at the gym I am training at. Everyone at Haverhill boxing club has been incredibly welcoming and helpful. There is a real family atmosphere at the gym where if you are willing to put in the effort they are willing to spend the time working with you.

What is your weekly routine?
My weekly routine consists of 6 days of working out. Some days are for strength and conditioning and some days for boxing. Sunday’s tend to be my day where I let my body recoup.

How has your diet changed since training began?
212lbs to 193lbs in under two months is a good indicator of how my diet has changed. I have pretty much cut out booze which has really helped me focus on making smarter decisions as to what I’m eating. Because of all the cardio that is involved in boxing I haven’t had to cut portion size down too much since I’m burning a lot of calories during workouts.

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Sparring at the gym is probably my favorite part. It is definitely the area I need to grow the most in. My sparring partners have been great and their willingness to work with me has been incredibly helpful.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Life. There are plenty of days when I don’t want to leave my family to head to the gym. Staying focused and motivated can be tough when after a long day all you want to do is stay home and hang.

What does your family think of your participation?
My immediate family, extended family, and friends have all been so supportive. I am blessed to have a family who will always support my choices regardless of how crazy it seems. With haymakers 4 hope it is for such a good cause that most people understand why as cancer touches so many. A big factor in participating in this was making sure my wife was okay with picking up the slack with my son (18 months old) during my crazy training schedule. She is 7 months pregnant now with our second and her due date is May 26th aka 9 days after fight night, Yikes! Fingers crossed the baby doesn’t try to show up to watch me fight on fight night.

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 think the biggest surprises come when you look at who donates and why. A lot of friends and family currently have loved ones close to them or have lost love ones over the years due to cancer. I am surprised by the amount of people who feel endeared to this event. It really is a great feeling to be a part of something that impacts so many.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
My inspiration has always been if we raise enough money and give the brains of the world the resources necessary, that we can make cancer a thing of the past. I hope one day my kids generation won’t have to participate in events like this because there won’t be any cancer to battle.

Donate to Tom or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!