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. Stephanie Rokitowski has been putting in work at Haverhill Downton Boxing 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?
I thought I was in shape before starting training, turns out that being in "boxing shape" is a whole new level. Training is coming along great but it's definitely been a humbling experience as well.

What is your weekly routine?
I get up early.... Like 4 am early. I get a run in before work. After work I head to the gym for conditioning, sparring or whatever other training we've got going on that day. Workouts typically last 2 hours. By the time I get home it's usually dinner and bed.

How has your diet changed since training began?
I've been eating MORE! The amount of calories I've been burning through with these workouts requires constant energy and fuel. I eat mostly healthy to begin with but have definitely allowed a few extra treats with training.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
I was so scared because I didn't know what to expect. I've never been in a fight before so I wasn't quite sure how it would feel to be punched in the face. Turns out the unknown was WAY more nerve racking.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Honestly just time. If a few extra hours could be added to each day that would make things so much easier.

What does your family think of your participation?
My mom still isn't thrilled about me getting punched in the face.

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 had a fundraiser recently and a woman came to it and told me the only reason she came to the restaurant that night was for the fundraiser. She had just been diagnosed last year with Breast Cancer, underwent treatment and early this spring found out she was cancer free. It's stories like that that inspire me to fight for a cure.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I think just knowing how many peoples lives have been affected by cancer, whether they are fighting their own battle or have lost someone to cancer, it makes our cause so much bigger than our own personal experiences.

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