#BADASSFIGHTER: Laura Julian
Time is flying and Belles of the Brawl V is getting closer. Before we get there, keep reading about this year's amazing fighters. These women are not only committed to be on their first fight but fundraise money for Cancer.
This week is Laura Julian, a traveller and music junkie. Read about her below, share and support her!
AA: Tell us about yourself! where are you from, where do you live, what do you do, hobbies...
LJ: I'm originally from CT, but have been living in Boston for about 6 years. When I'm not in the gym you can find me on the beach or traveling. I love to meet new people and experience new places around the world.
AA: How long have you done boxing for? and why you started?
LJ: I have been boxing since September 2016, but over the past 10 months started to become serious about the sport. Last year I watched as my friend and co-worker Lara Gibbons dedicated her heart and soul to training for Belles 2016. On fight night she came out a winner and I knew at that moment that I wanted to do the same. Boxing is the hardest sport I’ve ever done-it challenges me both mentally and physically. I am a better version of myself because of boxing.
AA: When and why you decided to fight on Haymakers for hope?
LJ: In addition to the motivation from my co-worker, a Belles alumni. I decided to apply to Haymakers for Hope after a member of my family was diagnosed with and beat cancer. Not only did I want to take on the challenge of training and fighting for a cure, but I also wanted to raise money for a cause that I am deeply passionate about.
AA: I've heard that training can be pretty intense, how do you deal with the hard times?
LJ: Music. I have always used music as way to set the tone for my day, to help me regain my focus or pump me up before I spar. I usually start my day with Metallica and Rage Against the Machine, the afternoons tend to be lighter with the Talking Heads or Paul Simon. On Sunday's I meal prep to Wu-Tang, I don't know why but it just helps me focus and create some great meals for the week :)
AA: Did you have any expectations of the training, and what are you expecting of the fight?
LJ: I knew that I would have to put in countless hours of hard work both in and out of the gym, so I went into this experience expecting the training to be the hardest thing I've ever done. As for the fight, I am both confident and grateful for everything my trainers and teammates have taught me and the conditioning they've put me through. I'm expecting the fight to be a representation of the hard work I have put in so far -- which will hopefully be a win!
AA: What your training looks like now?
LJ: No two weeks of training are the same. Since I'm constantly learning different things I tend to shift my training accordingly. I do two or three conditioning workouts and try to get in some good runs, but other than that I focus on the skills i'll need in the ring for the fight.
AA: Being a fighter can be super intimidating for women, what tip would you give to new boxers?
LJ: I have always hoped that when women see me and my teammates in the ring, it inspires them to try boxing. Boxing is an incredibly challenging and humbling sport, but it also builds confidence and strength in and outside of the ring. My tip for anyone interested in fighting would be to give it 110%. Go into with an open mind and be dedicated to learning. You will have rough days, but if you have a desire to get in the ring, to learn new things, and feel stronger than you've ever felt before, then you're more than half way to becoming the boxer you want to be.
AA: If you could give one tip to anyone out there thinking in fighting at haymakers for hope, what would you tell them?
LJ: Just do it. It will be the most inspiring and gratifying experience of your life.
AA: What is the mantra you live by?
LJ: "What would you do, if you knew you could not fail"
AA: Where can we follow you and donate to?
LJ: You can follow all my training and fundraising on Instagram at @lauraj11 and you can donate on my fighter page at https://www.haymakersforhope.org/profiles/laura-julian.