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 10th, 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. Stacy MacQuarrie has been putting in work at CoreBox Randolph 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?
Its exhausting but I’m happy with my progress and I’m having fun!!

What is your weekly routine?
I typically spar 2/3 times a week and work straight conditioning the other 3/4 days. I try to take one rest day or at least take it easy ;)

How has your diet changed since training began?
I’ve always had a pretty good diet regimen, but I’ve tightened it up a bit and I’ve definitely cut down on the drinks!

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
It was very nerve racking. Not something you can easily explain unless you’ve done it. I don’t think you can really prepare for the feeling of being punched in the face.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Training when you are exhausted. Just this morning I conditioned for an hour before sparring and was spent, but you have to push on, dig deep and just do it!

What does your family think of your participation?
They are super supportive and proud. My kids think it’s pretty cool that their mom is boxing and keep trying to pick my fighter alias and intro song 😂!

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?
Yes, it seems everyone you come across has some connection to this horrible disease. Listening to the other “Belles” tell their stories is very inspirational and only makes me more motivated to do this.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I started this journey to support my amazing husband, Jamie, and Marisa’s Mission, cancer charity organization, who has been good to so many in honor of their loved one that passed. When you start hearing everyone’s story, you start doing it for them too and supporting each other. It’s really cool to be a part of it!

Donate to Stacy or purchase a ticket to Belles of the Brawl V on October 10th here!