During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in New York City on November 16th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether they've had first hand experience, their father has passed or their friend has put up a victory against the disease – they’ve all got a story to tell and they’ve all got a reason to fight. Below you’ll hear from Stephen Trevor, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
Beautiful Cleveland OH

Where’d you go to college?
Here in the city at Columbia College.

Did you play any sports growing up?
When I was younger I played soccer and swam competitively, later I picked up fencing which I became very serious about, competing for the US at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

What do you do for work?
I work at a hedge fund called Avenue Capital where I am a Portfolio Manager focused on private debt, private equity and distressed for control investments. I am also the CEO of Boulevard Acquisition Corp II, a $370 million, NASDAQ listed special purpose acquisition company.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
For the last several years I added boxing to my regular fitness regime and love the speed and intensity of the workout. As a kid, Muhamad Ali, Joe Frazier and Marvin Hagler were some of my sports heroes.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
When the fourth person I was close two got sick this year, I knew it was time.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
My uncle, Stephen, died of Leukemia when he was 6 years old. I saw and felt the impact losing him had on my family. This fight is real for me.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I have stopped drinking during my training week, and miss my favorite beer and red wine….

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Hunting, fishing, gardening, horseback riding.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Hard to say, there are so many……

Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Stephen!