Amateur Boxer Sets Sights on Charitable Events
January 20, 2016
By Christine Barcia
Kate Gregory is punching some holes in the myths about boxing.
“It [boxing] isn’t about who can knock the other out. It is about skill and wit. You have to watch your opponent, anticipate their move before they make it,” she said.
Gregory, 29, an Account Executive at Boston’s Country 102.5 WKLB-FM, has been sparring for two years, and believes that boxing is a sport that involves so much more than just “brute strength and being tough.”
“Boxing is more than just running and learning to punch. It is mastery of technique. It demands that you are both physically and emotionally strong,” Gregory said.
The self-described “girly girl” became interested in boxing several years ago when her then personal trainer would make her hit focus mitts as part of her exercise routine.
“I really enjoyed it, so he encouraged me to pursue boxing at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston,” Gregory said.
She started sparring and training as an amateur after that and signed up to fight in a charity boxing tournament called Haymakers for Hope, which raises money for cancer research.
“I personally raised more than $10,000 from donations and ticket sales, but collectively 25 other fighters and I raised over $400,000,” Gregory said.
With the assistance of two personal trainers, Gregory trains every day for two or more hours.
“It’s a combination of technique, drills, circuits, strength training and cardio,” she said.
Training either every evening for two or three hours or for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, Gregory also adheres to a few dietary guidelines.
“I try to avoid sugar and limit my dairy, carbs and alcohol. Basically I eat to feel good for training. It’s exactly what you would expect it would be—clean protein and vegetables, and lots of protein bars,” she said.
Boxing, Gregory said, is “mentally and physically exhausting, but there is no greater high.”
Once you are in the ring with an opponent, she said, “It’s all on you to perform.”
“A win is solely your win,” Gregory added.
She said she is treated “exactly the same as male fighters at the gym, if not more respected.”
“Coworkers and friends have always been very supportive. In general I feel like female fighters are much more accepted now that we have high-profile celebrities like Rhonda Rousey and Holly Holm,” Gregory said.
Currently training for the January 2016 Lowell Golden Gloves, a charitable event that benefits charities in Lowell, MA, Gregory said setting personal goals is very important in life.
“I wanted to learn to box; then I wanted to see if I could train for a fight while also raising money for a charity. The Golden Gloves give me an opportunity to push myself again, to see if I could not only be an amateur boxer, but a champion amateur boxer,” she said.