During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble X in Boston on May 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 Kara Hanover-Martin, fighting out of UFC Gym.

Where are you from?
Camillus, NY

Where’d you go to college?
Bentley, Syracuse, and Boston University

Did you play any sports growing up?
Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, and Basketball

What do you do for work?
Personal Trainer

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Boxing looks hard and I love a challenge, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve never pictured myself fighting before, but I’m picturing it now!

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I like challenging myself physically and mentally and learning new skills. It's also a fantastic way to pair my love of exercise with philanthropy. I'm willing to take some punches if it will help the fight against cancer.

You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
My nana passed away from cancer when I was in high school. It happened very fast and I wasn't prepared to lose her. She was an amazing human - always so supportive and loving.

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Weekend brunches with all the carbs!

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Anything active - running, skiing, tennis, walking my dog Elle. And watching terrible TV - mostly murder shows.

Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
I imagine there is a pretty long list of people looking forward to this. Apparently, not everyone appreciates my witty sarcasm!

Check out her fundraising page and be sure to wish her luck! Best of luck, Kara!