Boxer in Training: Erik Johnson
Friday, March 30 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. Erik Johnson has been putting in work at Union Street 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?
Training is going well. I’m down 8 pounds with just 5 more to go to be at fighting weight!
What is your weekly routine?
Boxing 6 days a week. In addition, I will lift weights at least once a week and go for 2 to 3 runs.
How has your diet changed since training began?
No more take out! Teamed up with Prepped Gainz out of Everett to make me healthy prepared meals.
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
It’s about what I expected but I underestimated the amount of sparring we would be doing. Just like Tyson said “Everyone has a plan before their hit in the face!”
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
For me it’s been the diet, having the mental strength to get to a weight I haven’t weighed since Freshman year in college is not easy!
What does your family think of your participation?
My wife and Mom are scared for me but everyone else is excited about it!
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?
The cashier at 7-11 saw my shirt and took down all of my information because he wanted to donate. His life had been affected by cancer.
Donate to Erik or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!