During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in NYC on November 15th. 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 Ian Carow, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
New Jersey

Where did you go to college?

Did you play any sports growing up?

What do you do for work?
I work at Cerberus Capital in the Residebtial mortgage fund doing trading and analytics.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
It's such a great test of will power both leading up to the fight being disciplined in your training and then obviously stepping in the ring as well. I've always enjoyed watching fights and felt like this would be a great challenge for me.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
Mainly to raise money for great causes in The Valerie Fund and Haymakers (and I get too bored running to do a marathon).

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
In my personal life, my father just recently finished his treatment for CLL and my maternal grandmother passed away from breast cancer so I have both of them in my mind. And through my past involvement with The Valerie Fund I've also had a chance to meet some of these amazing kids who have overcome so much, so it is a huge motivation do be able to do a little something for them as well.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Beer. Definitely beer.

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

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Literally every person I work with.

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