During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Belles of the Brawl VI in Boston on October 10th. 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 Alyssa Cote, fighting out of Nonantum Boxing Club.

Where are you from?
Sherborn, MA

Where’d you go to college?
University of Vermont

Did you play any sports growing up?
Yes! Soccer, Softball, Lacrosee and Downhill Ski Racing

What do you do for work?
Studio Manager and Coach at Orangetheory Fitness

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Why not boxing? I never really thought I'd be in the ring but I love to do things that aren't the norm for me as scary as that can be.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
It's an amazing physical and mental challenge. I am always looking for opportunities to push myself outside my comfort zone. I tell my members to get comfortable being uncomfortable and I need to practice what I preach. This is a great way to experience a new challenge and also raise money for an amazing cause.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – Where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Too many people, unfortunately. Fighting in the ring in peanuts to fighting cancer but it's something I can do to help. To my grandmother, my grandfather, Isobel Martin, Marybeth Russell and the many more who are battling, this is for you - keep kicking ass and I will do the same! If you aren't able to see me fight on October 10th because cancer took you from us too soon know that every punch is for you and I hope you're watching from a better place. Love you all!

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I'm not a night person so the late night training sessions are going to be a challenge, I'm usually in bed by 8pm!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I love playing fetch with my dog, Bane, going to my grandparents lake house, spending time with my family, babysitting and meal prepping (yes, I know...)

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Dad. He's my biggest fan and always super supportive!

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