Hope NYC VI: Joe Cervasio
Monday, August 21 2017
During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Hope NYC in New York City on November 16th. They’ve committed to four months of fundraising and training in preparation to get in the ring and literally fight for a cure. Whether they've had first hand experience, 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 Joe Cervasio, fighting out of Gleason's Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
Where are you from?
Locust Valley, Long Island
Where’d you go to college?
Richmond, The American International University in London
Did you play any sports growing up?
Is Mathletes and Science Olympiads considered "sports"? Just kidding, obviously I know they are!! Along with those two activities I did play sports my entire life. You name it and I was on a team for it.
What do you do for work?
I am now the Director of Event Operations for Tao Group at Dream Hotels and have always been in F&B throughout my life. Essentially I run big parties for a living....and conferences. Regardless of what the event is, I'm a part of it and I can't LOVE it more than I already do.
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
Why not?! It such a disciplined and technical sport that really requires every ounce of commitment from the fighter to excel. I know most people will say yes to this or something along the lines of "I was born for this"....but I've honestly always wanted to try my luck with boxing because I've always thought that I've had a sincere connection with the sport.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
Is this a real question?? You mean that I can step into a ring...in front of over 1800 people...fight someone legally AND raise money to help people who are fighting a much bigger fight than me?!? I'm in!!
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'm inspired everyday by the trainers and people I'm surrounded by. The support system I have now is the same support system I want to be for those children that are fighting for their lives as they battle cancer. Like most, I unfortunately have lost many family members and close friends to various types of cancer. My Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle and few more have all lost their battle; while others dear to my heart are still battling or have battled in the past.
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
I honestly don't see my training as having to "give up" anything. I see this as my gaining so much more then I'd have to give up and I am in no position to reflect on losing anything when we are all fighting for people that could potentially lose themselves. This is a journey that isn't to be taken for granted and I won't do so!!
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Thinking of throwing punches and training....Boxing is life now!!!!
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Lol, hopefully NOBODY!!! But hopefully everybody and they show that excitement by supporting, donating and coming to the fight! Also, if there's anyone out there that wants to come see me just get punched in the face, I invite you to step in the ring with me and try it yourself!!
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Joe!