Boxer in Training: Parker Willard
Wednesday, March 21 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. Parker Willard has been putting in work at BoxSmith 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?
I have learned enough to know I have a lot more to learn, and within a short time. I am down 30 lbs since Xmas and over 25 lbs since Fighter Orientation. I love the community and gym that have embraced me. It's been a great all around experience!
What is your weekly routine?
Monday- Interval Runs, Heavy Bag and Sparring Tuesday- Morning Cardio, Weight Training PM Wednesday- Heavy Bag Thursday-Sparring/Weight Training PM Friday- Yoga (Rest Day) Saturday- Long Run to gym (3 Mi.), Heavy Bag, Sparring (This is my WORK DAY!) Sunday- Heavy Bag AM, Weight Training PM
How has your diet changed since training began?
Dramatically. No carbs, pasta and very very little processed anything. Lot's of lean and greens. Chicken, Turkey, Fish, (some) beef and lots of egg whites with a ton of healthy veggies. Watching those macros!!!
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Yeah, I realized I have a lot to learn. And I need to keep my hands up!!!
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
I still miss Pizza....a lot.
What does your family think of your participation?
It depends on who you ask. Most of my family is very supportive. Some are a little nervous about me getting in the ring. I assure them that I am getting the best training and putting in the work to be the best I can be. And my son Parker has developed a new love of boxing!
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 talking to so many clients and friends, new and old, when taking part in small talk. Cancer seems to have touched them all. I love to see their faces when I explain what I am trying to do. They inspire me even more.
Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
I was fighting in memory of my mom and stepdad and in honor of my dad and Papa. I since lost my Papa Carl during training. I have had to train and fight through the loss, literally. I find inspiration knowing that I now have 3 Guardian Angels watching over me for my fight.
Donate to Parker or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!