Rock 'N Rumble VIII: Eric Braz
Wednesday, January 24 2018
During the coming months, we’ll be highlighting our fighters in training for the upcoming Rock ‘N Rumble VIII in Boston on May 17th. 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 Eric Braz, fighting out of the Lucky Punch Boxing.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Jersey although my brother tells me that I have been gone too long to claim any Jersey affiliation which is either a good or bad thing depending on your point of view...
Where’d you go to college?
Did you play any sports growing up?
Football, wrestling and baseball but none exceptionally well.
What do you do for work?
I work as an equity analyst for MFS Investment Management
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I actually first tried boxing in college. Penn State had a boxing club and an older guy in my fraternity told me about it so I gave it a try. I loved it right away. Great workout and the one on one dynamic that wrestling offered. I haven't done it consistently since but have had some fits and starts.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I have been boxing a bit more consistently over the past couple years. A woman at my gym, Sam Singer, participated in the Belles of the Brawl in the fall. The experienced looked amazing. I finally tried a smoker in the fall and decided afterwards that I would apply for Haymakers.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Unfortunately, I became aware of the disease at a young age as my grandfather passed away from cancer when I was 8 years old. His battle w/the disease and the impact it had on my family is something that I will never forget.
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
No idea yet but I am sure I will figure it out soon.
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
‘Outside of spending time with my wife (Amy) and two young children (Joaquin and Aly), my favorite pastime is Penn State football. My wife would likely classify my love of Penn State football as a sickness but I will err on the side of tremendous school spirit. Fall Saturdays, whether watching in TV or in person, are my happy place.
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Clearly my friends. Who wouldn't want to see their buddy take one right in the kisser on a lovely Thursday night in May...
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Eric!