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 October 9th, 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. Erinn Cahill has been putting in work at TKO BoxFit 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?
Some days you feel good, the next day you don’t which completely screws with your head. Feel like I should be farther along although understand it is a marathon and not a sprint. I have to remind myself I am not training to be a pro-fighter although it has crossed my mind.

What is your weekly routine?
Technique/cardio 3/4 x a week Sparring 1 a week; if able Running 1/2 x a week

How has your diet changed since training began?
Pretty dramatically. Getting more energy requires cutting out certain foods and being super disciplined on having the right options around you. Snacks especially.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
How much I wanted to get back in and do better; and how it is waaaaayyyy harder and more draining than it looks. Moving seems simple when someone throws a punch but mind does not think quick enough. 👍

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Being awake passed 8:30 p.m. and appreciating the mental game of the sport equally as much as the physical. 😆

What does your family think of your participation?
Super supportive and know how hard training has been with everything going on. They always thought I was a little 🤪 so this just re-affirmed it.

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?
How so many people are affected by cancer; how many caregivers, doctors, nurses, researchers, fighters, survivors, etc. are out there. When I go to my mothers appointments, I see a room full of people. All are fighting, all have their own story, all there for the hope of one more day. It is about the courage of the people who support, fight, work toward the cure, take the time to listen to each person and treat every unique one - it is about the courage and person over cancer. I wish I could scream in that room and let them all know how strong they all are. How I too wish for another day, and another and another....

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Yes. We recently found out my father has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer; which is extremely rare. He is also battling dementia. I now fight for my mother and father.

Donate to Erinn or purchase a ticket to Belles of the Brawl on October 9th here!