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 Derek Skapars, fighting out of Bancroft Boxing.

Where are you from?
Framingham, Massachusetts

Where’d you go to college?
Arizona state university

Did you play any sports growing up?

What do you do for work?
Industrial arts teacher.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Just went for it. Sometimes I just need to refresh my life by doing something cool.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
To remember my brother.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Lost my brother to lung cancer in 2005.

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

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Kayaking. Furniture making. Time with loved ones.

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

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