Boxer in Training: Dante Leone
Wednesday, March 28 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. Dante Leone has been putting in work at Nolan Bros. Boxing 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?
Getting better! I was off to a slow start, but I've recently been putting more time in and it's paying off. The overall time from orientation to fight night seems quick, but the day-to-day can be long. I have to keep reminding myself to be stay consistent and keep my eye on the prize!
What is your weekly routine?
In the gym training at usually three or four times each week, which is a mix of cardio and technique. I try to find time outside of dedicated gym sessions to stay active on my own. It varies, but every little bit counts.
How has your diet changed since training began?
I haven't cut anything out entirely, but much more moderation. Fewer sandwiches at lunch, less pasta and pizza on the weekends, and much less beer in general (obviously all the good stuff). The weekdays are generally filled with some form of dry chicken mixed with bland vegetables (yum!). If I feel like treating myself, I’ll indulge in a nice, chalky protein shake that leaves me feeling bloated and gross before bed.
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Everything was going well until I was facing the corner and my opponent was looking at my back. It was a great reminder that bags don't hit back and that your cardio is never good enough. I love having the opportunity to see how I operate under stress and if I can remember what I learn outside of the ring and put it into practice.
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Old habits and work have made it hard to stick to a routine. Long hours, travel, and the vices that come from those are hard to avoid. For me, this training season has been much less about a standard routine, and more about being adaptive to find the time.
What does your family think of your participation?
They’re cautiously supportive. Given my accident last year while training, they’re quick to remind me that there are probably less violent ways of raising awareness and fundraising for cancer research. However, it’s for a good cause and, at the end of the day, they support my decision to do it again.
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?
Not one story in particular, but rather the validation that everyone does have a story and has felt the impact of cancer in one way or another.
Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Not so much. Still sticking to the cause and pushing forward until Fight Night!
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