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 Brianna Savard, fighting out of Elite Boxing & Fitness.

Where are you from?
North Attleboro, MA

Where’d you go to college?
University of Massachusetts

Did you play any sports growing up?
Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer as a young kid, and the random hockey game as I got older.

What do you do for work?
Implementation Project Manager

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
It's always been a secret wish of mine to learn how to box. Not only for the skill and exercise, but for the empowerment. And yes, I've always secretly hoped that if I did get into boxing, I would eventually participate in a fight!

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
To fight for those who are fighting a completely different fight, and to hopefully be an inspiration for anyone out there who once thought they wouldn't be able to do something but fought hard to do it anyway.

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'm constantly drawing inspiration from my family. We all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, some of my family members included. Some were able to pull through, while others could not. This is for them, so that hopefully one day cancer is a thing of the past.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
WINE. Absolutely the wine. And the every once in a blue moon chocolate cravings.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Running and hanging out with my nephews. Outside of that, you can either find me sitting around a fire with my closest family and friends chatting away (and drinking wine), or reading a good book. Oh, law school applications, but that's not that much fun.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My older sister. Hands down. Though, she did say she might end up jumping in the ring so maybe not a good idea to have her there...

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