Rock 'N Rumble VIII: Anthony Fortunato
Friday, February 23 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 Anthony Fortunato, fighting out of the Nonantum Boxing Club.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Medford, MA and went to Malden Catholic High School
Where’d you go to college?
Did you play any sports growing up?
I played many sports, all sports, on an intramural or JV level, but nothing at a high level.
What do you do for work?
I work in sales for a large global institutional equity business.
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I turned 50 a little over a year ago and made several life changes including losing 40 pounds. As I got into better and better shape I needed a goal. I had no interest in running a marathon so I told my trainer I wanted to be able to do 10 pullups within a year. Then after speaking to several people that had previously fought in Haymakers I decided that would be my challenge. Short answer, I have never been hit in the face and have never been in a fight, so no, I never pictured myself boxing.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
The challenge. The top notch organization. The stories from former fighters, especially Jess Marino.
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
New England Patriots and travel with family
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Kyle D'Arcy..... but I am sure there is a loooonnng list.
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Anthony!