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 June 6th, 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. Meagan Montoya has been putting in work at Blunt Force Training 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 think it’s going well so far, 2 months ago I would not have been able to preform at all on Media day, and I did it! Time to turn it up though, fight night is right around the corner.

What is your weekly routine? 
4-5 boxing and sparring classes, 3 days of heavy cardio sessions on top of classes

How has your diet changed since training began?
I am very consistent with my diet normally, I have “counted my macros” for a few years now and found that is what works best for me and my weight goals. I eat 100% gluten free and have a few stomach issues/allergies so that forces me to eat good, clean, whole foods every day.

Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
I sparred a girl named Candy(she won her fight and got fight of the night last year) and it was much more difficult then I expected, she is so good!! . With the speed, footwork, and learning how to take a hit it felt very overwhelming, 3 minutes felt like forever but I got through it 😂

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far? 
Getting enough rest has been hard, some mornings I am so tired, I want to try and get a few more hours of sleep but I know that my schedule is so tight and the times I can go are limited if I skip a day, then I will just be one more day behind. So I pull my ass up and stick to the schedule I plan out at the beginning of the week. So far it is working.

What does your family think of your participation?
My husband has been so supportive, loving, and has talked me off the edge more then once. He has made me watch old matches with Mohammad Ali and Mike Tyson to almost nightly to me GET PUMPED UP and inspired for another day ahead. My close friends are also like my family and they are genuinely interested and are pushing me to do my best as well.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
No, I always had my family in mind when I went into this but I am just in awe of how many people are touched by cancer and how everyone rallies around as family for the people In need, even if they are strangers.

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