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. Connor McCarthy 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?
Well...I've had three injuries in the first two months so I've had to work around those. Pinched nerve in the neck, strained calf and almost through recovering from a pulled groin. So pretty good!

What is your weekly routine?
My injuries have made my time at Urban Boxing very limited BUT I manage to get something every day. Lots of body weight stuff, jumping rope, core work and rehabbing my injuries. I spend a lot of time with my foam roller. I may give it a name soon.

How has your diet changed since training began?
I'm very good about eating good/clean food and trying to avoid drinking which sucks. I'm going to kick up the healthy life even more the next couple months -I'm playing major catch up on training!

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
I hear its life changing...trying to get my first one in next week.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Maintaining a positive mindset through injuries. Deep down I'm super competitive and its really hard to pump the breaks for rehab. 3 TIMES!

What does your family think of your participation?
My Mom will not be attending. My Dad is 50/50. They like what I'm doing it for but don't want to see me get hurt. My wife will be there for sure and loves the cause but will be very happy when its over.

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 just lost my cousin who I hadn't seen in many many years. She was the epitome of health and positive living - way before it was cool! We just celebrated her life with our family which was such a nice experience (in the shadow of sadness) but it reminded me in a very real way that cancer has no bounds. We also need to appreciate our family members who are lucky enough to be healthy and smother those who are sick with as much love as possible.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Yes - I look at my H4H wristband every single day. It is a reminder of why I'm doing this and inspiration to never give up.

Donate to Connor or purchase a ticket to The Beltway Brawl on September 19th here!