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 Marc Rosen, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
London, England

Where did you go to college?
Vanderbilt University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Soccer, Rugby, Track

What do you do for work?
High Yield Muni Trader

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I have always admired boxers particularly the legendary heavyweights and have always wanted to experience what it is like to fight under the lights, at least once.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
When I heard about Haymakers for Hope, it struck me as an amazing way to raise money for a fantastic cause and I knew I had to get involved. Being able to get back in shape is just an added bonus.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Like virtually everyone, I have lost multiple loved ones to cancer and have also seen many friends and their families have to go through the difficulties associated with the disease. I’m drawing inspiration from my family members, a close friend in Middle and High School who battled with Leukaemia several times before passing away, and a friend who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
Ice cream - It’s my favorite food. I have it several times a week, and anyone who knows me well, knows exactly how much ice cream I eat.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -  what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I like to play soccer and skateboard. Before I moved back to NYC from LA, I spent most of my time surfing and hiking in Malibu.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Everyone at work. I think my coworkers will all attend just to see me get a fat lip.

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