Rock 'N Rumble VIII: Dip Patel
Friday, January 26 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 Dip Patel, fighting out of Redline Fight Sports.
Where are you from?
Where’d you go to college?
Drexel, Upenn, MIT
Did you play any sports growing up?
What do you do for work?
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
From the outside looking in, Boxing looked like something that required a lot of conditioning, and mental toughness all while getting hit in the face. Boxing also looks REALLY difficult from a technique perspective, and as such I have a ton to learn is a very compressed timeline. That really excited me. Doing something huge and meaningful for a great cause has also been a heavy goal of mine, and boxing looked like a lot more fun than a marathon or triathalon. I never pictured myself as a boxer - Let's see if I do in 4 months!
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
Fuck Cancer, that's why.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
Cancer terrifies me, and the people who live with it are a huge source of inspiration for me. I've known so many people who've had cancer, and sadly some that have lost their lives. It makes me sick to my stomach that something that we can't control can literally change and divert so many lives. People dedicate their entire lives to fight cancer, as patients, caretakers, scientists, teachers, etc. I can dedicate 5 months :)
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Delicious food and my love of not getting hit in the face.
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Photography, Cooking, wildlife, hockey and helping startups
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
My Brother, Ship
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Dip!