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 Shaun Rose, fighting out of Gotham Gym in New York City.

Where are you from?
New York

Where did you go to college?
Many places

Did you play any sports growing up?
Yes. Almost any but baseball the most

What do you do for work?
I own a bar and a nightclub

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I have always been a fan of boxing, from the time I was a kid. It was a sport I always wanted to learn but never did. About a year and a half ago, a good friend started boxing. He said he always wanted to do it and it’s never too late to try. I figured why not me.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
A friend of mine participated last year and inspired me to give it a shot.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Unfortunately, like most, I have had far too many people in my life who have battled this disease. Some have won but too many have lost. This fight took on new meaning for me when I found out that my friend Rocky was battling pancreatic cancer. I found this out just as I was accepted.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Booze. I work in the nightlife business. That will be tough..

When you’re not throwing punches and training -  what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Music is what gets me through training and it what gets me through most days.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
The support I have received from friends and family thus far has been overwhelming. I’m excited to have them all attend. However, I’m hoping that my friend can be there on November 15th

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