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. Claudia Rosenblatt has been putting in work at Grealish Boxing 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?
Training is going well, I feel like I am learning something new everyday!

What is your weekly routine?
We try to get a training session in at the gym every weeknight. It's been tough to fit this in with a busy work schedule! I'll supplement with morning workouts/yoga sessions as well. Sundays are always a rest day though to reset for the week ahead!

How has your diet changed since training began?
I've been more mindful about sugar intake and things that make me feel not great. With intense training sessions, you always want to feel your best, or fatigue will set in.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
I definitely didn't expect the exhaustion that 2 minutes could bring! Also *hi tears*... Frustration becomes overwhelming when built on exhaustion, but each session gets better with practice!

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Beautiful weather/heat has made it hard to give up an afternoon outside with a cold beverage!

What does your family think of your participation?
My parents continually express how proud they are that I am taking on such an incredible challenge... yet my mother continues to ask if I've ever gotten punched in the face... Yes.. I think she'll be watching the fight through her hands!

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?
Hearing stories about how people have been impacted by cancer, and how their lives have been improved and enhanced by the quality of work done at Dana Farber is truly amazing. It makes this journey so much more meaningful to know the impact on people's lives.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
The number of people who have come out to support me in this journey has been incredible. I feel lucky to have such a great squad in my corner, and every message of encouragement I receive fuels my motivation!

Donate to Claudia or purchase a ticket to Belles of the Brawl VI on October 10th!