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 Matt Shendell, fighting out of Mendez Boxing in New York City.

Where are you from?
Queens, New York

Where did you go to college?
Univ of Delaware

Did you play any sports growing up?
Tennis, Baseball

What do you do for work?
CEO Ainsworth Group

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Always loved it since I was a kid. Yes, was always planning to do one event like H4H.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight?
I have been a huge fan of H4H since I went to the event 4 years ago. Set it as something I have to do once.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure – where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
My dad had a 5 yr bout with cancer in his face. Unfortunately he had his nose removed and now has a prosthetic.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training?
None of it! Im focused and ready!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -  what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Football, and my two kids!

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My wife!

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