Boxer in Training: Kori Brown
Sunday, April 8 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. Kori Brown has been putting in work Nonantum Boxing Club 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?
It’s a challenge but so worth it.
What is your weekly routine?
Training 1-on-1 with my trainer Shane from Nonantum Boxing Club (NBC) 1-2 times per week, taking a heavy bag conditioning class at NBC 2-3 times a week in addition to hitting the gym on my own for some light lifting with some cardio.
How has your diet changed since training began?
Substantially. Lots of grilled chicken and veggies. Cut out fried foods, ice cream and alcohol. It’s tough but I could immediately see the difference.
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
Considering my first time truly sparring was with my trainer, I’m just happy I made it out alive. It’s was eye opening to say the least.
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
For me it learning to relax and feel comfortable in the ring. It’s hard not to constantly think about all the things you’ve been taught in training and just relax and box.
What does your family think of your participation?
They are thrilled I’m making a difference and fighting to KO cancer. Not so sure they’re thrilled about me getting punched in the face.
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?
I wouldn’t say I’ve been surprised but it was so cool to meet all the other participants during the media day and just share and support them in this struggle to learn to box. It’s truly inspiring to see so many people dedicated to making a difference.
Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
If anything it’s grown. Since I started this journey I uncovered or remembered many friends and family, past and present who have either suffered at the hands of this awful disease or had someone close to them have to battle cancer. God-willing we’ll all continue to fight and make a difference long after our night in the ring has passed. Good luck and God bless everyone.
Donate to Kori or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!