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 Paula Sullivan, fighting out TKO BoxFit.

Where are you from?
Marshfield, MA

Where’d you go to college?
Massasoit Community College, Advertising Art and Design

Did you play any sports growing up?
I was a terrible dancer, terrible softball player and high school cheerleader.

What do you do for work?
Corrections Officer at Suffolk County Sheriff Dept. Boston

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I’ve enjoyed training on a bag for years. I’m excited to test myself against something that strikes back.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
My best friend since the fourth grade was diagnosed with cancer. She’s a survivor and I’m choosing to fight for her future.

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 47 years old. My childhood sweetheart was recently taken by this horrible disease leaving his wife and kids. When my best friend was diagnosed, my heart broke again. I’m fighting for them.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
French fries!!! I love French fries!!!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I love participating in obstacle races! Always up for a personal challenge!!

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My coworkers!! I know they are supporting me but they definitely want to see a battle!

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