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. Matt Caple has been putting in work at Back Bay Boxing 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?
Great! John at Back Bay Boxing has been incredibly patient in helping me establish the fundamentals.

What is your weekly routine? 
Morning cardio / evening (or mid-day) class / weekend sparring

How has your diet changed since training began?
I think I'm eating way more, just healthier.

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Yes, being "comfortable in conflict" is much easier said that done! I ended up spending a lot of unnecessary energy in the ring and was wiped by the end.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far? 
All the mitt and bag work is blast, but morning cardio is the pits.

What does your family think of your participation?
They don't think I have too many brain cells left to give.

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?
Haymakers is a natural ice breaker to discuss cancer and has started any number of meaningful conversations over the past few months. It's been amazing to see how many people are willing to share their personal experience with such a painful subject.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Yes, my cousin was just diagnosed a week ago and, like many, is now undergoing treatment. He and everyone else fighting cancer is an inspiration for Haymakers and lots of other aspects of life.

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