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. Tracy Deforge has been putting in work at Elite Boxing & Fitness 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?
It's going really well but I know I have a lot more work to do. The hard part is yet to come.

What is your weekly routine?
I am doing my boxing workouts 3-4 times a week and working in cardio on the other days, making sure to take a rest day.

How has your diet changed since training began?
Much more aware of everything you put in your mouth. I don't always make the best decisions but I am very aware of that as I do it! Its hard not to have ice cream in the summer ;)

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
First time sparring was a complete eye opener on how hard boxing really is. SO much to think about - the first of which is "keep your hands up" much harder than it seems.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
The chaos of life definitely stops me from being as disciplined as I want to be. Kids, summer vacation, poison ivy, job all vying for your time and energy.

What does your family think of your participation?
My family is excited now. Hesitant at first they couldn't be more supportive at this stage.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Not changed it but actually I think that taking this journey has broadened my inspiration. Now I see complete strangers that I can clearly see are afflicted with cancer and I've been going out of my way to tell them that I, and so many others, are fighting for them.

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