Wednesday, September 1 2021
During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rumble in the Rockies III in Denver on October 27th. 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 Mollie Jones fighting out of Tao of Boxing .
Where are you from?
Where did you go to college?
University of Nebraska Omaha
Did you play any sports growing up?
Softball and Soccer growing up. D1 Academic All American in Softball.
What do you do for work?
Franchise Owner for Camp Gladiator
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I always thought boxing was violent in a sense, so I have never for a second thought I would be stepping into a ring to physically fight! It is a very sensitive subject talking about contact sports as my Uncle played for multiple NFL teams, received many concussions, and a stroke eventually leading to his passing. However, over the last few years I have gained more knowledge and appreciation of the sport for various reasons! If you know me, I am down to try almost any new skill I am allured to whether physically, musically, or mentally! Boxing requires optimal physicality and phycology of the body which is my life’s passion as a Personal Trainer to educate, train, and impact others. I am very interested to see if I have the capability to learn the art and tactics, as well as the physical and mental demands of the sport. I have been to a live H4H event, and slowly as the years went by I could not stop thinking about how cool of a challenge and opportunity this could be! I understand this is WAY bigger than me. The event had such a great impact on me and how I was able to appreciate what it takes to compete in the sport and to feel the heartfelt emotion from the crowd from the impact this fundraiser has on families and peers!
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
As soon as I told my father I was accepted he said, “Well…if anyone I have ever known to do this, it would definitely be you!” I love me a good challenge, being physically active, and training my mindset to adapt to that new new. I am definitely more of a fight than a flight kind of gal, but I have no idea what to expect when it comes to boxing because I have never even tried this sport. I was a D1 athlete so I know how to regulate my self confidence, motivation, self-discipline, resiliency, competitive spirit, etc… but that was almost 10 years ago! Since then a lot has happened and I am ready to get back to that fitness mindset. The biggest change was loosing my 17 year old fur baby Samuel. He was my LIFE, my companion, and my love. Cancer took him in December and I felt and still feel very lost. I took every bit of my focus left and poured it into my business, but I still haven’t done anything for me. H4H will give me that opportunity to find myself again. This honestly couldn’t have happened at a better time and I thank the H4H team and every involved for giving me this life changing opportunity.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
The BIGGEST reason I signed up to fight is for my Aunt Diane and Grandma Doris. Diane is currently fighting cancer with a left temporal tumor awaiting brain surgery as we speak. I also fight for others in my family that left us too soon because of cancer. My grandmother Doris just passed in 2020 during the heart of COVID. I straight up left Denver to my home town Columbus, NE to be her caregiver as she struggled with a very rare cancer called Leiomyosarcoma. She was no longer able to perform any daily functions, so as my business transitioned virtually, I accepted the opportunity to assist her until her passing. During the three months I was with my grandmother, I found inner strengths and abilities that I didn’t even know I had…I also found a greater sense of purpose for my own life. H4H is giving me more opportunity and purpose to my life to aid in cancer research and fight for my aunt and my loved ones that have lost their lives from cancer. I also fight for: Great Aunt Lucille (Ovarian Cancer), Great Uncle Kenny (Colon Cancer), Great Grandfather Herman (Stomach Cancer), Great Aunt Doris (Lung Cancer), Great Uncle Milt (Esophageal Cancer)
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I have already committed to being sober until the fight Oct 27th! The support from my peers has been very enlightening and they are excited to follow my focus on this journey! I have done no drink November before, but I have never done 100 days.
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
You can usually find me outdoors! If I am not training my outdoor bootcamps, I am at the park, trail running, camping, etc... I also LOVE music. Red Rocks is my second home and I also picked up DJing when I moved to denver almost 7 years ago. Since then I have being DJing at parties, bars, and most often at weddings! From Trainer MoJo to DJ MoJo to now Fighter MoJo! Quick side note about my nickname MoJo (short for Mollie Jones). I have had this nickname since I was a kid!
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
If you ask any of my clients what Personal Trainer in the company kicks their butts the most, they'd say me, so I have zero doubts in my mind that they wouldn't just looooove seeing me get punched in the face! #trainerpayback
Check out her fundraising page and be sure to wish her luck! Best of luck, Alexis!