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. Melisa Thorne has been putting in work at Firicano Boxing & Fitness and below you’ll hear about her first time sparring and more about her experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
Very well. Always learning.

What is your weekly routine?
Train, eat, sleep, train.

How has your diet changed since training began?
Oh yes. You know how hard it is to not have ice cream in the summer?!

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
Whoa. It was rough. But expected it to be hard.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Time. Working full time and training leaves little time to spend with my family but they have been awesome. They know how important this is .

What does your family think of your participation?
My husband was apprehensive at first but now he is my greatest supporter.

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?
Cancer does not discriminate and I’m not surprised that all of us Belles have a story to share and a person that they are fighting for. I’d be surprised if someone didn’t have a personal story.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
My sister continues to be a huge inspiration. If she can raise a family as single parent and survive cancer then I can do this fight as a tribute to her perseverance and grace.

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