Rock 'N Rumble VIII: Christian Carballo
Friday, March 9 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 Christian Carballo, fighting out of Corebox Training Center.
Where are you from?
Where’d you go to college?
Salem State College but unfortunately, didn’t graduate. I let the social aspect get the best of me. Incredible memories but, I wish I balanced fun with studies a hell of a lot better so I would have received my degree in Physical Education. Coaching kids is something I’ve always enjoyed doing and felt like I was good at it. Maybe someday it will be my career.
Did you play any sports growing up?
I played baseball, basketball and ran cross country in high school. I excelled in soccer as a kid but, it was never a passion of mine and gave it up for baseball. I made a semi-pro team as a pitcher in my mid 20s but an arm injury ended that before it started. Years of floor hockey, basketball, flag football and softball ensued and took up most of my free time. I’ve always loved sports and have always tried to remain as athletic as possible.
What do you do for work?
Laborer for a screen printing company.
Why boxing? Did you ever picture yourself fighting?
I’ve always loved boxing. I used to watch it with my Grandfather back in the day when the big fights were free on Wide World of Sports. I’ve always wanted to fight in the ring so yes, I’ve definitely pictured myself fighting.
Why on earth did you sign up to fight??
I’ve always participated in team sports. The intrigue of boxing being an individual battle is exciting to me. The idea of getting punched in the face doesn’t bother me. I just hope I land more than I eat. I’m also 46 years old with two children under the age of four. Getting into the best shape of my life so I can still run around with them as the years go by was something I owed to myself and my children deserve.
You’re stepping in the ring to literally fight for a cure - where are you drawing your inspiration from? How has cancer affected you?
If I had to list every time cancer has affected me, my fingers would bleed from typing. I’ve lost too many family members and loved ones to this awful disease and know a myriad of others who have successfully battled or are currently battling cancer. The person closest to me is my Mom who was recently diagnosed with MDS and just completed her first round of chemo. I loathe cancer so the opportunity to fight and raise money to help others in any way was a no brainer.
What is going to be the most difficult thing to give up during your training? (beer, cheeseburgers, time spent watching TV?)
Beer. Period. Everything else is a distant second. I have three Bud Lights in my refrigerator that mock me whenever I open it but, I won’t give in. That being said, come May, they don’t stand a chance. (Out of respect for my favorite bar food, buffalo wings, I felt the need to mention them.)
When you’re not throwing punches and training -- what other hobbies/interests do you have?
I’m essentially a sports guy. Softball and candlepin bowling are leagues I’ve been in for years. I also enjoy playing golf, pool, darts and basically anything that involves friendly competition/hand-eye coordination. I honestly like watching any sport on television but the four major sports and MMA are what you’ll usually find on my TV. Spending time with my wife and two adorable children obviously always put a smile on my face but, I’m in sports mode now. I would have felt guilty not mentioning them so, here is the plug.
Who do you think is the most excited to watch you get punched in the face come fight night?
I’m guessing that a large percentage of my guy friends will absolutely adore seeing me get blasted in the mush but will probably still be rooting for me to win. Oddly enough, my wife does not want to see me get punched. Strange.......
Be sure to check out his fundraising page here and wish him luck! Best of luck, Christian!