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. Erika Nelson has been putting in work at Baltimore Boxing Club 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?
It has definitely been challenging with my ever-changing schedule, but I actually enjoy going to training and I make it work!

What is your weekly routine?
2-3 times I am in a boxing class/training/sparring, and the other days I do my roadwork (running, lifting, shadowboxing).

How has your diet changed since training began?
I have A WHOLE MOUTH FULL OF SWEET TEETH. So I have really tried to cut back on my intake of sugar with a side of sugar.

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
Holy crap. I sparred a collegiate boxer and I got whooped. Haha I learned so much though!

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Shadowboxing on my own! Perfect practice makes perfect, but I don't always take the time to shadowbox in the mirror to improve on the things I learned in training that week.

What does your family think of your participation?
My mom is terrified...but she's coming to the fight so hopefully she doesn't close her eyes the whole time!

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?
Just through my promotion of this event, people have come to me about their experience with cancer in their own lives. People that I would have never guessed had gone through such challenges in their own lives. One donator in specific had his best friend pass away due to brain cancer.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Heck to the yes! Initially I was fighting for the people that I personally know/knew, but this fight is so much bigger than my inner circle. I am now fighting for friends of friends of friends as well.

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