During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble IX in Boston on May 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 their mom is battling, 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 Jon Pastor, fighting out of Nolan Bros. Boxing.

Where are you from?
Chelmsford, MA

Where’d you go to college?
Johnson and Wales University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Wrestling, football, and rock climbing.


What do you do for work?
Healthcare IT Sales

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Always been intrigued by the sport but never considered fighting as a sport I’d be involved in. The idea of Haymakers and their mission is what really sucked me in.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I’ve been involved with Haymakers for quite a few years knowing past fighters and seeing the events. Having that background and knowing the impact they’re making towards cancer research is the least I can do to join the fight. Literally.

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 have many avenues of motivation and inspiration. I’ve been involved with the Jimmy Fund Walk for a couple years leading our corporate team supporting coworkers, JF Hero’s, and family/friends. This falls right in line. Nothing I’m going to go through is anywhere close to the battle those affected by cancer endure. With that said;  Denise Kotlik, Cam Conley, my Uncle, Godfather, friends, family, and colleagues drive me to jump in the ring and punch cancer in the face.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I really, really like pizza.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
My favorite hobby is playing the drums. But most of my time is spent hanging with my one year old daughter, Shirley and my homeboy Richard.. our Bichon Frise.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Jeez, I’m sure there will be a line past Landsdowne St... maybe my brother? He claims I have a pretty punchable face.

Be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Jon!