During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble VIII in Boston on May 17th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether their mom is battling, 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 Jess Tones, fighting out of Grealish Boxing.

Where are you from?

Where’d you go to college?
Boston Architectural College

Did you play any sports growing up?
Soccer, basketball, ballet

What do you do for work?
Construction Project Manager

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Boxing is not just physical but mental! Takes you away from all the day to say.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I’ve been to a few H4H events and was inspired by the past contenders to get in the ring!

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 grandfather lived with cancer for many more years than he was supposed to. In the end it wasn’t the cancer that took him, but his reluctance to have surgery for a heart attack as he was just sick of being a “lab rat.” I’m fighting to progress research so that one day a decision like that doesn’t have to be made!

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Pizza 4 nights a week

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I love to travel as much as possible.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My mom.

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