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. Colleen Shouldice has been putting in work at Nolan Bros 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?
Training is good, definitely picking up each day.

What is your weekly routine? 
Sunday's are my big meal prep days and I try to do a light workout, then pretty much Monday through Friday is work then to the gym at night. Saturday I am at the gym till around 12. Pretty much east sleep work box!

How has your diet changed since training began?
My diet has changed completely! I am eating much healthier and eating what my body needs to train for hours at night. I dream about doughnuts and my mouth waters when my roommates orders pizza!

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
It was completely different then what I had expected. I thought I would be much better because I felt so good hitting the bag and doing the drills with the Nolan Brothers but once you get inside that ring it is so different.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far? 
My diet and my time spent at the gym. Thank God Nolan Brother's has such a great community so I do not miss my friends THAT much but being at the gym till 8:30 at night leaves no real time for seeing anyone.

What does your family think of your participation?
My family loves it, well my mom is still hesitant but she is slowly getting on the bandwagon.

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?
Just seeing who all the fellow Haymakers fighter are fighting for has been pretty crazy. To see that so many of us effected by cancer just brings it all back to why we are all fighting.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Not really but I definitely have to remind myself on days when I want the pizza or want to not workout why I am doing it.

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