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 Neil Cohen, fighting out of BoxSmith.

Where are you from?
Canton, MA

Where’d you go to college?
Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Did you play any sports growing up?
H.S. Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field. College Div.II Soccer

What do you do for work?
Real Estate Attorney

Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Any one can run a marathon to raise money. NEVER

Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
To make a difference

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 fight is personal on many levels.  Cancer has affected everyone in some form. Six degrees of separation are not needed for anyone to connect to the dreaded disease. 

I am fighting in memory of those that have not won their fight. 

Juliana "JuJu" Greenfield, gained her wings in June of 2019 at the young age of 5, after a fearless and courageous battle with Neuroblastoma Pediatric Cancer.  The niece of one my oldest friends was a fighter and battled to the end.  

I am fighting to give strength and support to those that continue to fight.

I fight for my Father, who is battling prostate cancer. He will battle and win HIS fight.

I am fighting to honor those that have won their fight. 

I fight for Carly. She is the 10 year old daughter of one of my dearest friends. She has recently succeeded in her battle with WILMS stage 3 kidney Cancer by getting a clear diagnosis of clinical remission.  Her journey and the way she has handled it are inspiring to so many. Her strong, organic and completely head on manner that she took on HER fight can be seen during this interview.  

It was at this point that I knew I wanted to do something more. Not just to honor my family and friends, but to really make my mark against this insidious disease. 

What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
French Fries and Alcohol

When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Golf, Skiing and Family

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

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