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 November 15th, 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. Shaun Rose has been putting in work at Gotham Gym 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 great. Feeling strong and as light as I have been this millennium.

What is your weekly routine?
One on ones with coach Monday and Thursday. Strength, conditioning and bag work Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Sparring Wednesday and A couple other times a week. Sunday is family day.

How has your diet changed since training began?
A lot more color and a lot less deliciousnous.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
Pretty much what I expected. Getting punched sucks. Landing punches doesn’t.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Life happens no matter what. It’s not easy sticking to a very specific routine while navigating family, business and social matters.

What does your family think of your participation?
My wife, kids and family are all extremely supportive. They are even more supportive because I have such a significant reason for fighting and because of who I am fighting for. They are also happy I have taken steps to improve my overall health. My mom isn’t in love with the idea of me getting punched.

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 have received so many emails, texts and calls thanking me for my participation and fundraising. So many people have shared their stories and why it has moved them to see me do this. It is something i will cherish forever.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I started training to improve my health by way of losing weight. I now think of everyone that has been touched by this horrible disease and knowing I am fighting for them, gets me through every workout and sparring session.

Donate to Shaun or purchase a ticket to Hope NYC VII on November 15th!