Boxer in Training: Bo O'Connell
Monday, March 19 2018
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 May 17th, 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. Bo O'Connell has been putting in work at Upperkuts and below you’ll hear about his first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.
We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
Overall pretty good, but need to improve sparring fitness level. I've been consistent, with Running, working out and daily exercise, but need to do more sparing.
What is your weekly routine?
Not sure I have one, as I've been traveling and the last 2 weeks my coach has been away. We'll get in a more structured routine when he gets back next week.
How has your diet changed since training began?
Yes, overall been more aware of what I am eating (and drinking)!
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
The cardio was so much more intense than I expected. Having felt like I was in decent shape and then feeling so frustrated that I was not, also getting popped pretty good a few times was not fun:)
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
travel, but I've enjoyed the training and feel myself getting into the best shape I've been in quite some time.
What does your family think of your participation?
They are proud and are good for motivation.
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 hearing from people I would not expect to hear from and having them support me. Some of them are dealing directly with it today, so it's the same, only more folks I am hearing from who are providing additional support and inspiration.
Donate to Bo or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!