Mendez Boxing and Checking in at Gotham Gym
Thursday, August 16 2012
Yesterday, the Haymakers team got another early start to their day! First up, at 6 am, was Peter Chidyllo at Mendez Boxing. We first saw Peter working the mitts in the ring, and doing push-ups and sit-ups on his off rounds. Then he was off like a bunny and on the bag for a ton of rounds. Peter has great intensity, and can't wait until his big fight on November 8th! After Peter, we made our way over to Gotham Gym in the West Village to check in with Tim Kiely. Tim was a linebacker at Williams College, and boy could we tell- he's huge! He also stood out with a giant mop of blonde hair on his head! Tim did some drills and hit the mitts in the ring, looking good. Next up, was our second Brit, Jamie McDonald, who is training with his own personal trainer. Jamie ran the marathon a few years ago, but claims to be "wayyy out of shape!" (he even showed us his belly...). Within five minutes of the workout, Jamie was already complaining about doing too many "press-ups" and that he couldn't feel his arms! The next complaint was that his knuckles hurt. After we stopped laughing, we noticed Jamie's super quick feet and good form. We have total faith that he will be "super fit!" Later in the evening, we made our way back to Mendez (they're not sick of us...yet) to see Haymakers' friend, Grant Hewit, who is finally stepping in the ring! Grant was a lacrosse player at Princeton and also claims to be out of shape. Although he was sweaty (I mean, who isn't in there- it's like a sweat lodge!), he was moving well, and showed really good, strong punches. Co-founder Andrew, even held the bag for him and later commented on his power. Grant looked great, and we could see him gaining more confidence by the moment. All four guys are itching to fight, and are super excited for the big night- November 8th, at the Roseland Ballroom, for Haymakers for Hope's first NYC event!
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