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 May 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. Jay Driscoll has been putting in work at EverybodyFights and below you’ll hear about his first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
I had a set back due to a knew injury which sidelined me for a few weeks but I am back to training and getting better and feeling stronger every day.

What is your weekly routine? 
My weekly routine consists of six days of training. Monday and Wednesday mornings our EBF team works out together at 5a and focus on technique and conditioning. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons I do mitt work and get in a lift (one day legs, one day upper body). Friday mornings at 5a is sparring day. Saturday mornings at 7a is another team workout and is changes every week (mitts/technique/heavy bag/lift/sparring). Outside of my gym workouts, I try and do 4 mile runs four times a week.

How has your diet changed since training began?
Since training started, I have tried to limit my carb and sugar intake. Major foods I have cut completely out of my diet are pizza, bread, sweets, potatoes, soda, beer and fried food. I have also switched from three large meals a day to six smaller meals a day, with an emphasis on protein, healthy fats and vegetables.

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
It's amazing how much different training is when someone is there throwing punches back at you. It make me realize the importance of defense. Probably the most surprising thing for me though was how much better shape you need to be in to make it through a round of sparring than you do a regular workout class.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far? 
Sticking to a healthy diet has easily been the most difficult.

What does your family think of your participation?
My father participated in Haymakers for Hope in 2013 so he has been a great resource for me in terms of my training. The rest of my family, specifically my wife Alli, have been incredibly supportive.

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?
All of the participants have an incredible story to tell and I have been inspired by everyone's dedication and fundraising effort. The most amazing thing for me to see has been the support everyone's family and friends and their willingness to donate to such an worth cause.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
My motivation has not changed but since the beginning of training, I learned that my wife and I will be welcoming a baby boy to the world this summer. I guess you could say it has provided a little added motivation.

Donate to Jay or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble IX on May 15th here!