During the coming months, we're 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 Travis Reim, fighting out of Gotham Gym in New York City.

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas

Where did you go to college?
Columbia University

Did you play any sports growing up?
I'm from Texas, football is a religion.

What do you do for work?
I'm an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I haven't tackled someone in nearly two years, so I've been feeling the effects of softness. I'm non-violent by nature and boxing was the literal push I needed to toughen up.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
I attended Haymakers last year as a guest of a friend who previously fought, and he planted (and cultivated) the seed in my mind.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
If you mess with my family, you mess with me.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?

When you’re not throwing punches and training – what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I'm a dedicated Law & Order binger, relentless Columbia football fan, and critically-acclaimed Instagram husband.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My girlfriend. I just hope she still likes me afterwards.

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