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 Candy Knisely, fighting out of Blunt Force Training.

Where are you from?
Canton, MI

Where’d you go to college?
Michigan State University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Predominantly ballet and a couple years of competitive swimming and track. I was also a member of the 2016 Mile High Flag Football Championship team (I was injured for most of the season but it still counts).

What do you do for work?
I work in Procurement for a metal packaging company. Buy more cans!

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I started boxing as a form of stress relief and a way to mix up my workouts. I actually did think about fighting but kept psyching myself out.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I'm always up for a challenge!

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Recently, someone very close to me was diagnosed with cancer. I want to fight and raise funds so that one day, no one else will have to hear the words "you have cancer".

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Candy (ironic, I know). Sugar is my kryptonite...my dad jokes that he should have named me Vegetable.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Goofing off with my friends. I also love seeing movies and a good Netflix binge.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
So far every single person I've talked to about this. Really starting to question my friendships.

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