Back in June 2017, Rich Beecher had 20 extra pounds on his frame, put there by the demands of a high-powered job managing venture capital funds. But over five months of rigorous training, 35-year-old Beecher traded his dad bod for a six pack and an official record of 1-0 as an amateur boxer in the state of New York. On November 16, Beecher boxed someone for the first time in his life. Like many guys, he’d been in the ring before. He’d even sparred his opponent, 25-year-old Alexander Muresanu, once before. But he’d never fought at full strength, in a three-round amateur bout in front of official judges and a screaming crowd of over 1,800 people. Beecher and Muresanu were the 7th fight of the night at the 2017 NYC Haymakers for Hope, a charity event that raises money for cancer by signing up first-time fighters to fundraise for a charity of their choice by selling tickets to the raucous punch-fest at the end of grueling five-month training period. Think of it like the relay for life, or a charity marathon, with a hell of a lot more blood. But although this was his first time in the ring, it… Read full this story
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