During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC VIII in NYC on November 14th. 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 Martin Sanchez, fighting out of Urban Boxing Arlington.

Where are you from?
Salisbury, MD

Where’d you go to college?
The US Naval Academy

Did you play any sports growing up?
Soccer, Lacrosse, Football

What do you do for work?
I am a supply and logistics officer in the Navy.

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I have done some boxing before but only because we had to in college for a semester. I signed up more so to support the cause... not necessarily because it was a boxing match.

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
To try and raise as much money as possible for a great cause!

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Family and friends who have fought and are still fighting for their lives.

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

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Last year I got into long distance running and really would like to complete an official ultra marathon this year.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
I have a few friends that hope I get knocked out... but they are going to pay admission to come watch so I’m the winner in the end.

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