Nicole Bure

GYM
YMCA

AGE
32

WEIGHT CLASS
Heavyweight

HOMETOWN
Closter, NJ (represent the Dirty Jerz)

BOXING NICKNAME
Chaboozi

INSPIRATION TO PARTICIPATE
I was a spectator at the event last year and was motivated to support the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation and to get my friends and family together to support a great cause.

HARDEST PART OF TRAINING
Three and a half months is not a lot of time to get fit and learn how to box- let alone get good enough to win the bout.   I have been training with a group of very patient and skilled trainers at the YMCA in Cambridge that have found ways to push me to the limits while preparing me for the fight.  I am happy to say I am almost in the best shape of my adult life, and I am close to becoming a “jump rope master” thanks to all of their hard work and my dedication this great cause.  The hardest part of training has been staying disciplined and taking it easy on my sparring partners.  I never knew that jumping rope would be this tough.   

MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF TRAINING
Where do I begin?  The burpees, crunches, flights of stairs, sparring matches, one-on-one training sessions, bloody noses?  Ok maybe those don’t fit into the category of enjoyable, but the feeling of accomplishment after an hour of punk rope, and landing a hook to the face my sparring partner is.   

FAVORITE BOXER
Marvelous Marvin Hagler; from the great state of NJ (just like me!)

PRECONCEPTIONS OF BOXING THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED
Professional boxers make the footwork and hands look so easy.  I quickly learned how difficult, yet important it is to keep my hands up to protect my Money Maker and how to snap it back like a towel in a locker room. 

GREATEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning the 2005, Beast of the East Division II Rugby title and going on to place third in the nation in Division II with the Northeastern Women's Rugby team.
2006 NU Broomball Champion