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Punch For The Cure: Boxing To Battle Breast Cancer

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

An Austin boxing gym puts its gloves to good use. Boxers are using pink gloves as they train to punch for the cure to breast cancer. They're hoping for a knock-down-drag-out fight this Sunday to raise money for Komen Austin.

She wraps with her left, slides a glove on her right and uses her teeth to suit up for her first punch. "This is me. This is my time," said Eve Richter.

Richter may not look like your average boxer, but she's a fighter. "From the very first day, from the very first demo, I think I've missed one class. I make it my absolute top priority."

She's lost 65 pounds practicing her one-two punch at Pink Gloves Boxing in Northeast Austin. "I know that I am probably adding years to my life," said Richter.

She's not knocking herself out just for weight-loss, though, she's raising money for breast cancer research. "I think that's what I love about it., " said owner, Brenda Porta. "Yea, we're helping out others but we're also helping ourselves."

Porta brought the philanthropic boxing program back to Austin in April after a former franchise shut down. "It just gives you another reason to do better everyday and challenge yourself in the class because you know there's others who are fighting cancer," said Porta.

Pink Gloves Boxing plans to donate all of its proceeds from Sunday's workout to Komen Austin.

It's extra motivation for Richter whose best friend battled breast cancer. "She was still in better shape than I was fighting this disease and she's been my inspiration," said Richter. "Ever since then I thought, if she could accomplish as much as she does fighting this awful disease, there's no excuse for me." Richter's fighting her way to a healthier lifestyle by punching for the cure.

Pink Gloves Boxing's Punch for the Cure event starts Sunday, June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. The boxing workout class will last 90 minutes. It is open to the public, Pink Gloves just asks that you make a $10 donation for Komen Austin.

For more information go to their website.

--Deeda Payton, KEYE TV News.

Punch For The Cure: Boxing To Battle Breast Cancer

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