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 Bobby O'Brien, fighting out of TKO BoxFit.

Where are you from?
Milton, MA

Where’d you go to college?
Boston College

Did you play any sports growing up?
Basketball and tennis

What do you do for work?

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I love boxing! I love the physicality, the endurance, and the strategy involved. It's the only sport where you are simultaneously on offense and defense. So much strategy. It's so amazing! And when else can you do something for 2 minutes and feel like you just ran a marathon? It's so awesomely exhausting. Such a badass sport. I can't wait to keep learning. I can't wait to fight!

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
Why on earth wouldn't you want to sign up? I love the Haymakers mission. I think it's such a great organization and I can't wait to spread the word. I love boxing and I've always wanted to train for a fight. To be able to fight and raise money for cancer is a double victory. We are all winners before we even step into the ring (awwwwww).

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
The advances made in cancer research over the past two decades are incredible. My mom, dad and aunt were fortunate enough to fight and beat cancer. My uncle passed when I was younger. My dad once told me that someday cancer isn't going to be able to take anyone's life. I want to do my part to ensure such.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I'm going plant-based until the fight (although I am really not a huge meat guy) so I'll say eggs and salmon.

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I love to surf. I just hardly ever get out there. Does that count? I love to trail run too. I'll go with that one.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My friend Alex "The Showman" Sherman. We sparred in college but he wasn't able to land any punches on me. He can't wait to see my mug all bloodied up.

Check out his fundraising page and be sure to wish him luck! Best of luck, Bobby!