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 Crandon Leahy, fighting out of EverybodyFights.

Where are you from?
Boston, MA

Where’d you go to college?
Quinnipiac University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Yes, I annoyed my parents a lot, so they signed me up for anything they could.

What do you do for work?
Fixed Income Sales

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
It is a great workout and unlike any I have done before. I never pictured myself fighting but after experiencing previous H4H events I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I see it as a way to help raise money for a great cause, that layers on tough physical and mental challenges. Bonus is to prove to my friends I'm not "soft", but the jury is still out on if that will work.

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 had a few family members and close friends battle cancer and I have seen the strength it takes to fight through it. I hope to match a small percentage of that in this journey.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Tough question, however I bet it's going to punch me in the face when I figure out it out (pun intended).

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I enjoy taking trips to go see close family and friends, skiing, and coaching for a local lacrosse club on the weekends.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
The list is too long to dive into.

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