During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies in Denver on June 14th. 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 Danny Maggard, fighting out of the Bodies by Perseverance.

Where are you from?
Hilton Head, South Carolina

Where’d you go to college?
Auburn University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Football, Basketball, Baseball

What do you do for work?
I manage merchandising & licensing for the world's premier kickboxing league, GLORY Kickboxing.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Not at all. It looks like fun!

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
Through my work I'm always dealing with fighters, coaches, and trainers. I admire their commitment to a cause and see this as a great opportunity to give back while pushing my own boundaries.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
I've had multiple people in my life affected by cancer. The energy and total dedication required to fight back is daunting, and I'm inspired by how deep a person can dig to pull through and survive. Getting hit in the face a lot is the least I can do to raise money for a cure.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Late night snacks :)

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My brother and friends are all really pumped. My mother is terrified.

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