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 September 19th, 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. Martin Sanchez has been putting in work at Urban Boxing DC and below you’ll hear about her 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 feel like I am progressing but still have a lot to learn.

What is your weekly routine?
Running 3-5 times a week with going to the UFC Arlington gym 3 times a week due to work.

How has your diet changed since training began?
I am currently not on any specific diet. Trying to eat a little cleaner but nothing drastic yet.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
There's nothing like getting punched right in the beak.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Getting out of work in time to make the training sessions is the toughest part.

What does your family think of your participation?
They're all excited for sure.

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?
There have been several. I've been very surprised and touched by how many people thanked me for doing this and told me the story about how their dad or grandparent or sibling or friend or even themselves were affected. It's been very inspiring and a little overwhelming when you realize just how many people this impacts.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I recently found out that a Chief I worked with, Brian Love, passed away from cancer less than a month ago. I worked with him on a daily basis for about 18 months which included a deployment overseas and he was just a great mentor, husband, father, and friend to so many people. I obviously signed up before hearing of his passing but this is just more reason for me to try and make as big of a contribution as I can.

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