WHYIFIGHT: Payal Patel
WHYIFIGHT – What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Payal Patel and I was born and raised a NJ/NY girl! I recently moved to Boston from our capital Washington DC. I have a doctorate in pharmacy and have spent much of my life working in research and development for rare diseases and cancer. I choose this path of trying to change lives, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard. Because it’s a challenge that I am willing to accept, one I am unwilling to postpone, and one which I intend to win for those that deserve it!
What makes you a fighter?
I am resilient, committed and will never give up.
What do you fight for?
I fight to be a better human being, inspire and learn. I fight to remind myself and other that’s it’s not who we are underneath but what we do that defines us. The world needs heroes- and it can be anyone- you just need to own it, be kind and truly intend on making it a better place for all people.
What inspires you to take the hits and keep on fighting?
My fight team at EBF, family and friends. They inspire me to push my boundaries, take a hit, breathe and move. It’s like a dance as Miguel would tell me. “Move with the rhythm of your heart Payal.” Every hit is a reminder that I am in control- either I can let that moment fall apart, or get up, fix my attitude and as Marty would say “get the job done.” Together we are stronger, than we are on our own.
If you could fight side-by-side with one person, past or present, who would it be?
Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko!!! His hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity and foot movement is something I aspire to have one day.
What is your fight fuel?
TACOS?!?! Otherwise, double almond butter chocolate chip cookies- trust me they are packed with good fuel!
What’s your favorite class?
I plead the 5th…
Favorite fight music?
Eminem- ‘Till I Collapse
Who is your favorite trainer, and why?
Oh, come on- this is like choosing between Superman and Batman! And someone once told me “to make a fighter, it takes a team.”
How do you fight it forward?
By showing up. Listening. Hard work. It’s how I want my story carved. Each chapter of my life is built by my own struggle, perseverance and effort. So, you better believe, that I am going to make sure that I fight forward to make that story a good one!