Why would anyone want to get punched in the face? That is the question that continues to surface in gym locker rooms and around offices, as thirty-two individuals with no previous boxing experience prepare to step into the ring for the very first time. These brave men and women are fighting for those who can’t in Haymakers for Hope’s second annual “Rumble in the Rockies” event, with a common goal: knockout cancer.

Photo by Phil Lambert

Haymakers for Hope, a not-for-profit organization that raises money in the fight against cancer through large-scale charity boxing events, is bringing a brand-new lineup of fighters to the Fillmore Auditorium on June 6th.  Tickets are officially on sale to watch thirty-two local men participate in their first USA Boxing sanctioned amateur bout. Each participant has been training tirelessly in and out of the gym, to get in fighting shape and raise money to find a cure for this horrific disease.

Photo by Rachel Gianatasio

Since its initial event in 2011, Haymakers for Hope has raised more than $11 million for cancer research, awareness, survivorship and care. The organization has transformed more than 650 ordinary participants into extraordinary amateur fighters by pairing each participant with a local boxing gym and coach to guide them through the intense and demanding four-month training cycle. At the inaugural Rumble in the Rockies, the organization raised over $210,000 to knock out cancer. This year’s fighters aim to raise $300,000 and ticket sales will go towards their goal.

Photo by Phil Lambert

“Building off the excitement of last year’s inaugural event at the Fillmore Auditorium, we knew there was something special about the Mile High City,” said Co-Founder, Andrew Myerson. “This was reflected by a drastic increase in both sign-ups and fundraising leading into our second annual ‘Rumble in the Rockies.’”

Haymakers for Hope’s “Rumble in the Rockies” will host 32 fighters to 16 bouts. Each bout is scheduled for three, two-minute rounds, and the entire boxing card is sanctioned by USA Boxing. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.

Photo by Phil Lambert

General admission tickets are $75 (standing room only), VIP & box seating packages begin at $100, and sponsorship packages are available for $2,500 and up. Tickets are now on sale here! For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.haymakersforhope.org or contact info@haymakersforhope.org.

Feature photo by Rachel Gianatasio.

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