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. James Arredondo 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?
Making good progress, trying to keep injuries to a minimum. So many things are clicking and when they do it feels great.

What is your weekly routine? 
2 days of technique, 3 days of cardio, 2-3 days of conditioning and strength training, ramping up sparring. Stretching and foam rolling twice a day to stay loose.

How has your diet changed since training began?
Trying to limit bread and dairy. Cut out alcohol at the beginning of March. Consuming 100% more TB12 plant protein and electrolytes than ever before!

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
It's about what I expected, always tires me out quicker than I think it will.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far? 
Dealing with minor injuries and soreness

What does your family think of your participation?
Where's the facepalm emoji?

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've been humbled by the number of people that have reached out and have offered support. Collectively, that's probably the biggest surprise and it's a great source of motivation to keep going, especially on those days when it feels like there isn't anything left in the tank.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
No, still the same.

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