Rock 'N Rumble VIII: Paul O'Neil
Wednesday, March 7 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 Paul O’Neil, fighting out of EverybodyFights.
Where are you from?
I live in Duxbury, Mass.
Where’d you go to college?
Northeastern University in Boston
Did you play any sports growing up?
Yes, I am the youngest of nine kids so playing sports growing up was a requirement in my family. I believe my athleticism comes from my five older brothers who all played sports.
What do you do for work?
I work for a Bank in Boston. I have been at this Firm for 20 years and spend a majority of my time managing people. Its a great place to work and I enjoy working there.
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I never pictured myself fighting but I started working out a while ago with a great trainer, Brandon Brunell, at a great gym, EverybodyFights, and was impressed with the brain-body connection and physical discipline required of this sport. Without the will to win you wont succeed. Its the ultimate challenge for anyone.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I signed up for the children that either have this terrible disease or those that are forced to watch a family member struggle with it. Its not fair, so I train and fight for them - the children. I get up everyday at 3:00AM and get to the gym to stand up for them. I believe someone has too.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
My father in law passed away recently and that was difficult. It was tough on my children, niece, in laws, and my wife. Look, I believe everyone has a sad story related to this disease, and I have mine. Its terrible. So, I fight. My inspiration never waivers and comes from children - those that have this terrible disease, and those that are forced to watch a family member struggle with it. Its just not fair for the children. They don't deserve it. I train and fight for them. I will never forget them when I am in the ring.
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Without a doubt I am sacrificing time with my family and its already been challenging. However, they have been so supportive of my training and I draw my inspiration from them.
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
Well, of course any time with my family is an interest of mine. Truth be told, I live a pretty uneventful, boring life, so after sparring, training, and time with my family I have nothing left to give!
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
Probably any of my 3 sisters. Take your pick!
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Paul!