Boxer in Training: Patrick Harney
Wednesday, April 4 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. Patrick Harney has been putting in work at Crush It Fitness 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 coming along though the more you learn, the more you realize there is to learn!
What is your weekly routine?
I tend to do 3 group classes, 1 sparring session, and a couple 1x1 sessions with my trainer Mauricio. I supplement this with road work and, lately- shoveling!
How has your diet changed since training began?
My diet has not changed too much as it was already pretty restrictive. The challenge is that when you are working harder and burning more calories the more you want to eat something not on the approved list!
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
It was exhilarating. I was pretty stiff and had my guard up that my opponent was walking me into trap with every move he made. Was actually a relief to take the first few shots to the face. I have some footage of it that will hopefully be painful to watch at the conclusion of my Haymaker's experience, after much improvement.
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Definitely, life getting in the way. Haymakers is high up the priority list, but kids getting sick, South Shore weather emergencies, work deadlines... all can all throw your training schedule off. You do your best and work around it and make up time when you can.
What does your family think of your participation?
They are pretty supportive. My kids love the boxing and the training footage. My wife loves my commitment to getting in shape. My mother has had the most interesting reaction in that she is worried that my teeth, after the braces she invested in to make them straight, and my nose that I inherited from her, will get jacked up!
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?
Humbling how many people mention a personal connection as to why they are supporting my efforts for the fight. My opponent, Matt Malatesta, his father also died of pancreatic cancer so that it is bond we share. I also know how hard he will train and work for the fight to make progress against such a brutal type of cancer.
Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
It has certainly grown as you become more aware of efforts going on all around you. I attended a fashion show by Susan G Komen and many of the participants were currently fighting breast cancer- which was so brave and inspiring. I always remind myself how lucky I am to be healthy and training- especially on days when you least want to.
Donate to Patrick or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!