On Saturday August 15, 2015 the Battle of the Badges will take place in Monroe Louisiana. Three fighters from California will make the journey to Louisiana to test their skills against the best fighters Louisiana has to offer. One of the bouts will be a matchup between two action fighters. UCA Jr Middleweight interim Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. vs UCA Golden Fists award winner Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. Also making the trip will be the reigning and defending UCA Middleweight Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. taking on Brandon Crum, Delhi Fire Dept. The 3rd California fighter on the card will be 6th ranked John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. vs Shelby Turner, Monroe Fire Dept. The Louisiana Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday August 15, 2015 at the Fant Ewing Coliseum University of Louisiana.
Heather “The Heat” Hardy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A single mom, who began training at Gleason’s Gym to get back in shape. In 2012 Hardy won the NYC Golden Gloves Featherweight title and was awarded the honor of “Best Female Boxer of the Tournament.” Shortly after winning the Golden Gloves Hardy turned pro. She currently holds a 13-0 record and is the WBC International female Super Bantamweight Champion. Heather “The Heat” Hardy steps back into the ring Saturday, August 1, 2015, Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY. To learn more about Heather Hardy visit http://www.heathertheheathardy.net/
The most anticipated show of the year lost its battle with mother nature on Saturday. Due to rain and the safety of the fighters the Brawl at City Hall was canceled. Alex Brenes, owner of City of Angels boxing opened the gym doors and the fighters and fans piled in. Six out of the nine originally scheduled fights took place at the gym. #1 Guillermo Garcia, #6 Aldo Rodriguez, #5 Hector Mendoza and Louis Garcia of LAPD kept the crowd excited by defeating their opponents. #1 Ray Encinas, LAPD lost by decision to civilian fighter Ivan Beltran. The most exciting fight of the night went to Hector Mendoza vs Kyle Ferrari, West Covina PD they fought for three nonstop rounds and picked up “Fight of the Night” honors. The main event featured #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs #2 Ricky Seward, Big Bear City FD. Mirage would defeat Seward by unanimous decision and pick up the biggest win of his career and keep his position at the top of the Middleweight division.
UCA #1 Quincy Mirage and #5 Hector Mendoza, LAPD look to raise a lot of eyebrows Saturday when they step into the ring. Both fighters have been training hard to put on an impressive performance in front of their fans at the Brawl at City Hall boxing event. Mendoza and Mirage have received great work from top quality fighters at the City of Angels Boxing Gym. Both fighters had the opportunity to work with the UCA Jr Middleweight State Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD. Having a fighter like Rodriguez to work with gives Mendoza and Mirage the opportunity to measure themselves against the best and feel what it’s like to compete against the speed, reflexes and knowledge of a champion. On Saturday July 18, 2015 Super Middleweight #5 Hector Mendoza, LAPD will lock horns with Kyle Ferrari, West Covina PD. The main event features a high stakes fight between #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs.#2 Ricky Seward, Big Bear City FD. The undercard is full of exciting fights. Kicking off the show will be a battle of “Fight of the Night” winners #3 Dre Fonseca, LAPD vs #4 Marina Lizarraga, LASD in a repeat or revenge fight. Another exciting matchup features two elite fighters going head to head when #1 Daniel Ramirez, LAPD takes on #2 Jose Corral, LASD in a battle of Jr Welterweights. The Brawl at LA City Hall takes place Saturday July 18, 2015. City Hall, 200 N. Spring St Downtown Los Angeles. First bell rings at 4pm. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the door.
The United Combat Association and The Weinstein Company would like to invite you and your friends and family to a special, local advance screening of the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie, SOUTHPAW. The Weinstein Company’s new film, stars Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER and PRISONERS), Rachel McAdams (SHERLOCK HOLMES and TRUE DETECTIVE), and Forest Whitaker (PLATOON and THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND). We have two screening opportunities in the Northern California region, one in San Francisco and one in Sacramento. RESERVED seats for the first 30 fighters per screening and allot FRONT OF THE LINE passes for additional interest after the first 30 seats have been filled. Please RSVP to the corresponding email address/per screening for further screening details and check-in directions. No one will be admitted without an RSVP or ticket.
If you would like to see more information about the film, you can refer to the below:
Synopsis: A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, and Forest Whitaker
Release date: Friday, July 24
Website (with trailer): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798684/
Below is the screening information-
July 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM
101 4th St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
July 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM
1590 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Please RSVP to the corresponding email address/per screening for further screening details and check-in directions. No one will be admitted without an RSVP or ticket.
Steven Lee, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department was introduced to the UCA April 11, 2015 when he traveled from Wichita Kansas to compete in the California Battle of the Badges. Lee squared off with Zachary Farris, California Highway Patrol in a battle of welterweights. Both fighters showed their warrior spirit and refused to back down in a very competitive action filled fight. Lee and Farris would earn the UCA Golden Fists award. An award given to a fighter who has the skills and characteristics of becoming a champion. Lee has been with the Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. seven years and has competed in Battle of the Badges events in California, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. By competing in charity events and representing his department Lee shows his son the importance of giving back and helping others. Lee is more than a fighter, he is a deputy and a devoted father to his son. He his committed to being a role model and setting a good example for his son by the way he carries himself. Lee told himself the day his son was born, “I will do everything I can to show him that there are still good people in the world and that I am accomplishing what I said and that I will continue to represent my commitment to him and to the Sheriff’s Office in and out of the ring. As well as helping as many people I can along my way.” Lee’s next fight is against the UCA Jr Middleweight Interim Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno PD August 15, 2015 in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges.
Team LASD returned to California today from competing in the New York Battle of the Badges. Unfortunately LA did not pick up any wins, the fights were very competitive and the event raised money to fight Autism.
135lbs Marina Lizarraga, LASD vs Diana Henry, NY Dept. of Corr. Henry winner by decision.
147lbs Ray Encinas, LAPD vs Greg Tuesday, NYPD. Tuesday winner by decision.
160lbs Brandon Manning, LASD vs Dennis Burgos, NYPD. Burgos winner by decision.
160lbs Brian Hoist, LASD vs Isaac Acevedo, NYPD. Acevedo winner by decision.
147lbs Jose Corral, LASD vs Jonathon Alvarez, NYPD. Alvarez winner by decision.
190lbs Remin Pineda, LASD vs Keith Drummond, NYPD. Drummond winner by decision.
190lbs Ruben Rosas, LAPD vs Dave Robinson, NYPD. Robinson winner by decision.
NYPD Boxing coach Lt. Dave Siev took Team LAPD and LASD to Gleason’s Boxing Gym while they were in New York for the NYPD vs LA boxing event. Gleason’s Gym is synonymous with boxing and was founded by Peter Gagliardi, a former bantamweight, who changed his name to Bobby Gleason. The gym moved to Manhattan and then to Brooklyn. Gleason’s is now owned by Bruce Silverglade. Names like Jake LaMotta Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, and Mike Tyson have trained at Gleason’s Gym. The reputation of the champion boxers it produced earned Gleason’s Gym world-renowned appeal as the pinnacle of excellence in boxing. Gleason’s Gym is located at 77 Front Street in Brooklyn, New York right under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Five members of the LASD boxing team boarded a plane this morning heading to New York to battle with NYPD’s finest in the Battle of the Badges. NYPD vs LASD/LAPD will square off Friday night in the 2nd annual Knocking Out Autism Boxing Event. The event takes place Friday night June 19, 2015 at the Lexington Ave Armory 26 Street, Lexington Ave, New York. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $25.00.
On Saturday UCA 3rd ranked, Josh Webb, CHP (205lbs, 28, 3-0) competed in a USA Boxing amateur event at Caballero’s Boxing Gym in Sacramento. Webb was matched against tough fighter Hernan Coronel, from Caballero’s Gym (205lbs, 23, 4-3). When the bell sounded to start the first round Webb got off to a quick start moving well and using his jab to set up his combinations. Coronel kept his composure and kept coming forward landing some solid shots of his own. The pace picked up in the 2nd round with the heavy handed Coronel coming forward forcing Webb to fight him off. Webb would get off some nice combinations but Coronel was landing the harder shots. Close 2nd round. One round a piece going into the 3rd and final round. Webb started the round throwing punches but Coronel’s thunderous shots were finding their mark. Webb would receive 3 standing 8 counts in the 3rd forcing the referee to stop the fight. Coronel, Caballero’s Boxing Gym, winner 3rd TKO. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
The 3rd ranked undefeated Super Cruiserweight Josh Webb, CHP returns to the ring this Saturday in a USA boxing show. When asked about his opponent for this Saturday’s fight Josh said, “I don’t know his name but he is 20 years old, has 7 fights and fights out of Caballeros Gym.” Despite having less experience Webb is in great shape and coming into this fight with momentum and confidence, winning his last three fights. Saturday’s show starts at 1pm. Caballero’s Boxing Gym 35 Quinta Ct, Sacramento, CA 95829. Tickets $20.00.
The 2nd Annual Knocking Out Autism Boxing event takes place Friday June 19, 2015. The fighters from Los Angeles are putting themselves through grueling work outs as they prepare for the monumental challenge of taking on the NYPD Boxing Team in their home state of New York. The line up from Los Angeles is mixed with some veterans and beginners. The fighters will be under the guidance of Coach Jorge Caamal, LASD and Rudy Barragan, LAPD. It all goes down Friday June 19, 2015 at the Lexington Ave Armory 26 Street, Lexington Ave, New York. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $25.00. Proceeds benefit the Autism Foundation.
The Central Coast Battle of the Badges 3 was held Saturday night at the Faternal Eagles Of Santa Maria.The fighters fought their hearts out in front of family members, friends, supporters and coworkers. The fans were on their feet most of the night cheering on the fighters as they went toe to toe from bell to bell. It was an incredible event and would not have been possible without event promoter/fighter Terry Cook, CDCR CMC, the volunteers and the generous donation from CCPOA. The Battle of the Badges is in the books. Next year’s event takes place Saturday June 4, 2016. Start training!
The Central Coast Battle of the Badges 3 Cops vs Cancer goes down Saturday night at the Faternal Order of Eagles Private Club in Santa Maria; CA. 14 bouts are scheduled featuring fighters from California Men’s Colony Prison and local police agencies. Come out and support this great line up of action as the proceeds benefit the Fight to Knockout Cancer and the Employee Benefit Fund. Tickets are only $20.00, meal included, tri tip sandwich, chips, soda or water. Kids 10 & under are free. Music provided by Smooth Groovz (DJ Artie) & Letzdance Mobile DJ (P. Palma) After Party immediately following the last fight. Show starts at 5pm. 668 S College Dr. Santa Maria, CA, 93454.
Brent Bugarin (4-0) Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Welterweight Champion
Alan Rojas (7-0) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion
Mike Frazier (8-0) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Heavyweight Champion
Chris Lewis (4-0) Fresno County Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Super Heavyweight Champion
These fighters have defeated everyone put in front of them. They continue to build their legacy as the best fighters in California and perhaps the country. They are in a class of their own and may be the selected few who retire on top with a perfect record. They know what it takes to be a champion and what it takes to stay one.
The UCA belt is the most prestigious award in Public Safety boxing and is awarded to the very best fighters. The UCA is built on integrity, commitment, trust, respect, and honor therefore UCA Champions deserve nothing but the best. That is what Masis provides with custom UCA Championship belts. Masis belts are hand crafted with detail and perfection. Their craftsmanship, 18k gold plating, polishing, custom leather, stitching, engraving and casting make Masis the best in the world. The UCA is honored to belt the very best fighters with world class championship belts.
John Henderson, Hanford PD and AJ Forestiere, Madera PD made a spectacular Battle of the Badges debut April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. They faced the biggest adversity of their young career and showed tremendous heart. Henderson and Forestiere displayed the type of courage, strength and determination that can only be found in the squared circle. Back and fourth give and take for 3 nonstop rounds. Congratulations to John and AJ for their well deserved UCA “Fight of the Night” honors.
Two UCA State Champions were crowned Friday night at the Battle of the Badges in Montebello CA. The first title fight of the night featured #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Joshua Mejia, (8-1) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. for the UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship. When the bell sounded Taylor and Mejia showed each other a lot of well-deserved respect. They moved around the ring studying each other while displaying good footwork and technical skills. The fight heated up in the 2nd and 3rd rounds with Mejia pressing the action and landing some solid shots. Taylor made the necessary adjustments to stay out of danger and put on a superb display of intelligent boxing. This was a high skill level fight between two of the best fighters in the division. In the end it was Taylor’s superior boxing skills and punch output that made the difference. When the score cards were added up and the fighters were called to the center of the ring, the decision was announced. And the new…UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
The Main event of the night featured an unknown, undefeated fighter; name Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation who looked to shock the public safety boxing world by defeating the undefeated #1 ranked Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. When the bell sounded Rojas and Frias were ready to mix it up. This was an all action technical slugfest. Both fighters showed heart and a tremendous chin. Throughout the fight both fighters continued to impose their will and skill on one another. They were landing some heavy blows but neither fighter would back down. Rojas and Frias were firing off shots until the final bell sounded. This was a championship level performance by two true warriors. But there could only be one winner. Fighting out of the red corner, and the new….UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.
These two title fights have rematch written all over them and possibly the makings of a Gatti vs Ward type of trilogy. Mejia was Taylor’s toughest challenge at 175lbs and Rojas admitted to Frias he was his toughest opponent.
The undercard started off with a pair of middleweights, 6th ranked David Chung, LASD vs Brian Hoist, LASD. Hoist, was making his ring debut against veteran fighter Chung, who holds a record of (3-2). Hoist wasn’t affected by Chung’s experience, the crowd or the lights. Hoist was ready to fight and when the bell rang he pursued and pressured Chung for 3 rounds. Hoist pitched a near shutout in his battle of the badges debut, defeating Chung, by majority decision. Hoist is a young athletic fighter and someone to keep an eye on.
Bout 2 featured 3rd ranked Remin Pineda, LASD vs 9th ranked Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. Petrella was looking to rebound from a 3 round decision loss to 5th ranked Jesse Zaranaga, LASD. This was a close fight between two evenly matched fighters but in the end Petrella would come up short losing by decision. Pineda sealed the win by having the higher punch connect percentage and being the busier fighter. Pineda continues to improve and picks up his 2nd win in a row.
The crowd was treated to a great battle between two warriors when 10th ranked Hector Mendoza, LAPD and newcomer Che Parker, LASD stepped into the ring. No feeling out needed for this one. These fighters had one job to do, and that was fight! When the bell rang Parker came right after Mendoza not giving him an inch to breathe. Mendoza used his experience to find openings to land beautiful body shots and combinations. Mendoza was the more polished fighter due to his experience but Parker would hold his own and land some solid shots. Mendoza and Parker traded blow for blow and after 3 hard fought rounds Mendoza would be announced the winner. These fighters laid it all on the line and were rewarded with “Fight of the Night” honors.
Bout 4 featured the much anticipated rematch between Gerardo Pachuca, LASD and Jake Ching, LA Co. FD. These fighters know each other well so no introduction was needed. When the bell rang Pachuca and Ching went to work throwing punches in bunches. When Pachuca got hit he came right back and hit Ching even harder. This went on for three rounds. Pachuca and Ching were made for each other. Whenever these guys get in the ring the fans are guaranteed an all action fight. When the final bell sounded the crowd was on their feet cheering for both fighters. Pachuca and Ching displayed great sportsmanship, heart, strength, skill, and character. When the score cards were added up Ching would once again be announced the winner.
The only female bout of the night featured first timer Kendra Hendricks, LASD taking on the highly favored 5th ranked Isabel Sandoval, LASD. Hendricks is the female version of 2nd ranked Brandon Manning, LASD. Hendricks has the same aggressive, attacking, brawling style as Manning. She charges forward and smothers her opponents with a barrage of punches. Hendricks was clearly the stronger fighter and imposed her strength and will on Sandoval to grind out a decision win. Hendricks would pick up her first win and start her climb to the top of the division.
The Battle of the Badges is in the books. Add another great night of boxing to the long running fight night series at the Quiet Cannon. The fighters did their part putting on an awesome display of talent and heart for the many fans in attendance. Congratulations to the new UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. and the new UCA Super Cruiserweight State Champion Alan Rojas, LASD. Hector Mendoza, LAPD and Che Parker, LASD received “Fight of the Night” honors. Public Safety boxing continues to grow with talent and continues to give the fans the fights they want to see.
The Battle of the Badges official weigh in took place this morning and all 16 fighters hit their mark on the scale. Main Eventers Alan Rojas, LASD and Enrique Frias San Deigo Probation made the contracted weight for their UCA Super Cruiserweight State Championship title fight. The Co main event fighters Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriffs Dept. and Joshua Mejia, LASD had no problem on the scales making their UCA Light Heavyweight title fight official. The only thing left to do is fight. It all goes down tonight at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello CA. There are still a few tickets left. Doors open at 5. General admission tickets at $25.00 ringside are $50.00.
The Battle of the Badges returns to the Quiet Cannon Friday night with a star studded line up headlined by two UCA State Championship title fights. In the co main event #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County SD takes on LASD’s own Joshua Mejia for the Light Heavyweight title. The main event features the undefeated #1 ranked Alan Rojas, LASD squaring off with fellow undefeated fighter Enrique Frias, San Deigo Probation for the UCA super cruiserweight championship title. The undercard features a female fight between two LASD fighters Hendricks vs Sandoval. Plus the return of Police Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. taking on Remin Pineda, LASD along with other fighters making their ring debuts. The Battle of the Badges takes place Friday May 15, 2015 at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello CA. (323) 724-4500. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets start at $25.00 for General Admission and $50.00 for Ringside seats. Tickets will be available at the door.
On Friday night Hector Mendoza, LAPD will take on Battle of the Badges newcomer Che Parker, LASD. Mendoza dropped a tough 3 round decision to civilian fighter Jonathan Virgen last November and is determined to get into the win column. Parker is ready for his debut and looks to make an exciting first impression. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday night at the Quiet Cannon, CA. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. General admission tickets are only $25.00 ringside tickets are $50.00.
Kendra Hendricks, LASD vs Isabel Sandoval, LASD will be the only female fight on Friday nights card. Hendricks will be making her Battle of the Badges debut against Sandoval. Although Sandoval has been out of the ring for nearly 3 years she is anxious to mix it up again. This matchup is a clear favorite for “Fight of the Night” honors. LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello CA. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets start at $25.00 for General Admission and $50.00 for Ringside. Tickets available at the door.
On Friday night the spotlight will shine on the best Super Cruiserweight in CA. The undefeated #1 ranked Alan Rojas, LASD will finally get his shot at the UCA State title. The LA Battle of the Badges Main Event will feature Alan Rojas taking on the undefeated title challenger Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation for the UCA Super Cruiserweight State Championship title. Unable to find opponents and bad timing have kept Rojas from becoming a dominant force in his division. He’s traveled to New York and defeated the best 205 pounder NYPD had to offer and defeated the former 2nd ranked Alex Perez from LAPD. On Friday night it all comes down to six short minutes in the ring, no fear, no regret, no second chances. Rojas and Frias will have one shot. Win you live, lose you die. LA Battle of the Badges, Friday May 15, 2015. Doors open at 5pm, first bout at 7pm. Tickets start at $25.00 General Admission, $50.00 Ringside.
On Friday May 15, 2015 Jake Ching, LA Co Fire Dept. will once again go to battle with Gerardo Pachuca, LASD. Ching defeated Pachuca last November by split decision and looks to make it two in a row. Pachuca is hungry and ready for redemption. Pachuca has been training hard since losing to Ching and is ready to prove he has what it takes to win. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday May 15, 2015 at the Quiet Cannon; Montebello CA. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door. $25.00, General Admission, $50.00 Ringside.
The UCA Light Heavyweight title once held by James Davis, CDCR, Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara PD and Kyle Stewart, USMC is once again up for grabs. On May 15, 2015 the LA Battle of the Badges main event will feature #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Joshua Mejia, LASD. Fresh off his win over Omar Romero, USMC at the SoCal Battle of the Badges, Taylor looks for another impressive showing to establish himself as the best Light Heavyweight in California. Taylor will be entering enemy territory when he takes on the much talked about, but unknown 8-2 Joshua Mejia, LASD in his backyard. Don’t miss this fight as both guys lay it all on the line to cement their name in UCA royalty. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday May 15, 2015 at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello Ca. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 7. Tickets will be available at the door starting at $25.00 general admission and $50 for ringside.
Zachary Farris, California Highway Patrol and Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. were recipients of the UCA Golden Fists Award for their performance at the Battle of the Badges April 11, 2015 event in Hanford CA. The Golden Fists Award recognizes a fighter who has the skills and characteristics to become a champion. Farris and Lee put on a superior athletic performance and proved to have a firm foundation of the sweet science with championship qualities.
The Main Event of Saturday night’s Battle of the Badges at the Hanford Civic Auditorium featured the best Super Heavyweights in California. #1 ranked Pierce Masse – Fresno PD vs the Champion Chris Lewis – Fresno SD for the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship. The small ring used for this night’s event would be made to look even smaller when these two large men stepped into it. The challenger, Pierce Masse calmly made his way to the ring with a focused look on his face. Johnny Cash’s, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” played slow and steady in the background. The champion, Chris Lewis, would come in pumped up and energetic; bouncing and bobbing his head to a track rapped by Drake. At the bell, these two big men sized up one another as they circled the ring. Both of them planning on just how they would open up their attacks. Then all of a sudden, the battle broke out. A jabbing Lewis landed a thunderous right hand that let off a loud boom heard all through the venue. Masse took it well, but would be sent back to the ropes as the champ charged at him. Caught in a tangle, both fighters tussled as they leaned on the ropes. The ring seemed about to give in and collapse where their combined weight would press. But just then, the champ would get back his distance; he jabbed his way outside and fought off his back foot. The ex-star football player was athletic and quite nimble for such a big man. He would let Masse make his way into range and catch him on the head and body with powerful right hands and left hooks. Masse would shake off the punches and keep coming forward. Masse would then utilize his advantage in reach and land his long left jab and right cross from the outside. To negate Pierce’s superior reach, Chris changed up his positioning and ripped uppercuts and left hooks to Masse’s body and head on the inside. But Pierce would press on. Then the champ would change it up again, and get back to the outside. He worked some flashy, quick feet as he circled away from the challenger’s reach. Lewis was elusive and avoided a scary, huge right hand from Masse to close out the 2nd. Well behind on the scorecards, the challenger Masse, had no choice but to keep coming forward and forcing the action. He caught up to the champion with his longer arms and landed some big 1, 2’s from outside. Those punches were not only heard, but could somehow also be felt by the spectating crowd who was cringing. He then closed the distance, forcing Lewis into the corner. The ring and ropes rattled. Both fighters would push and exchange punches in close proximity. Neither man going backward. In the closing seconds, both fighters hurled bombs at one another, and went at it full tilt. Masse showed off his own power and finished strong, but it was too late. The final bell sounded. And still UCA Super Heavyweight Champion of the State Chris Lewis – Fresno SD.
With the success over the past two years, the UCA is proud to announce they will be returning to the Hanford Auditorium for another four years, with the next event April 9, 2016.
The co main event featured the decorated UCA Middleweight Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal PD against #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD, the unheralded challenger who is hungry and in pursuit of a performance that will recognize him as the best. Mirage has methodically moved up in competition to claim the #1 spot and earn his shot at title. Vargas has had a target on his back since winning the title last year and ready to protect his title against all challengers. Mirage had a game plan and when the bell sounded he went to work on it. He brought the fight to the Champion in a big way; he pursued and pressured Vargas around the ring and would not let him breathe. Vargas would fight back with counter-punching, elusiveness and fancy footwork. Mirage pushed the pace and kept up his attack for 6 minutes. When the final bell sounded it was clear Mirage was the aggressor and brought the fight to the champion. Was it enough? When the scorecards were collected Vargas would be announced the winner. With the win Vargas validates himself as the reigning, and defending UCA Middleweight State Champion.
The 9th bout of the night featured the undefeated 2nd ranked Shant Sheklanian – Madera PD vs the UCA State Champion Francisco Flores – Stanislaus SD for the UCA Jr Welterweight Title. Both fighters would come out slow to begin this one. The mutual respect shown by each boxer was obvious. Both men very aware of the power the other possessed. They were judicious with their punches in the beginning. But it didn’t take long for the action to start. Shant Sheklanian, the boxer-puncher, landed hard, crisp 1, 2, 3 combos to the head & body of the forward-fighting Francisco Flores. His strikes would let off a loud thud that could be heard throughout the auditorium. Flores would take these punches in stride and avoid some of the others with side to side head movement. Flores would land a big right hand of his own. He tried to keep Sheklanian on the ropes to keep on landing his bombs, but Shant would simply spin out of them. The challenger caught the champ with well-timed 1, 2’s and hard counter hooks that would put the average fighter to sleep. But Flores just kept on stalking him. The champ’s chin was resilient. Feeling the fight and the title slipping away from him, the champ came back in the 3rd and fought back with ferocity. His champion’s mettle and will was apparent. He traded punches with Sheklanian in the center ring and landed some big combos and hooks of his own. But so did Sheklanian. Francisco would still keep the pressure on. But Shant, well ahead on the scorecards, would finish by sticking and moving his way to a win. When the decision was announced, both fighters embraced one another with great, mutual respect. Sheklanian was as gracious in victory as Flores was in defeat. And the New UCA Junior Welterweight Champion is Shant Sheklanian.
The 8th bout of the night featured two of the best Jr Middleweights in the state competing for the Interim UCA Junior Middleweight State Championship, Eddie Montano- LAPD vs Chris Martinez – Fresno PD. When the bell sounded Martinez came out of his corner moving well around the ring. His footwork was quick and effective. He opened up with a jumping left hook reminiscent of Roy Jones Jr., catching Montano as he made his way in. Montano continued to stalk Martinez behind a jab and straight right. But Martinez would use the whole ring; and used it well to keep himself out of danger’s reach. He countered Montano as he came into range, peppering him with quick, clean combinations up top and down low. Montano would use a high-glove turtle shell guard and would defend himself well, but many of Martinez’ punches still found their mark. Montano would land a big right hand of his own, and did well when he was able to keep Martinez on the ropes. But it was easier said than done. Besides using his legs very well, Martinez would also employ effective upper body and head movement to remain elusive from Montano. He kept his distance well in the center of the ring. He flurried and stopped his opponent in his tracks, and would not let him reset to throw his punches. What a masterful display of boxing by Martinez. Well behind on the scorecards in the last episode, Montano would keep stalking Martinez, hoping to land his killer overhand right that would more than even things up. He kept trying to get Martinez up against the ropes so he can work in his other big punches. But Martinez had other plans. He fought himself off of the ropes and recaptured his distance. He stayed out of reach of the mauling Montano, and skated his way to a well-earned victory. And the New Interim UCA Jr Middleweight State Champion is Chris Martinez -Fresno PD. This sets up a fantasy blockbuster match-up between two champions. Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs Chris Martinez, Fresno PD.
The 6th bout of the night featured the most anticipated fight of the night. The return of Bryan Williams, Fresno PD taking on the best fighter from Louisiana James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept for the UCA Masters Heavyweight Championship Title. When the bell sounded Moore would get off to a blazing start throwing really big bombs at Williams’ body and head, mauling him up against the ropes. His strength and power were evident. But Williams fought well off the ropes. He had great success popping a piston-like jab and speedy right hands that slowed Moore’s momentum. The crowd cheered him on. Moore continued to stalk the boxing Bryan Williams. He led off with a stiff, long jab that jarred Williams back. He landed a big uppercut that kept Williams on the defensive. An elusive Williams would employ the famous Philly Shell defense and displayed flashy footwork to avoid Moore’s attack. But Moore’s long double-jab and bruising right hand would reach a retreating Williams to close out the second stanza. Very competitive fight going into the 3rd and final round. The 3rd round would start out a chess match with both men circling the ring. Even the heavy handed Moore would flash some footwork of his own. But the chess game quickly turned into Checkers. Both men would fire sizzling combinations at each other. They fought tit for tat. Moore would maul Williams and Williams would pepper Moore from off of the ropes. Moore would have more success when he would lead with his spear of a jab, but was more intent on brawling it out on the inside. And to the crowd’s delight, that’s how the fight ended. This was a war between two modern day gladiators. And what a war it was! What a tough one to score! When the scores were tallied up Williams would be announced the winner and the new Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion.
Central CA BOTB results written by the #1 ranked Super Middleweight Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD
The UCA Central California Battle of the Badges returned to the Hanford Civic Auditorium on Saturday April 11, 2015 with 11 epic fights that produced a great night of Public Safety boxing entertainment. The sold out audience was treated to an explosive night of boxing featuring top flight fighters from California, Louisiana and Kansas. 5 UCA Championship titles were up for grabs along with new fighters looking to get their names in Championship title shot conversations.
The show started off with a bang between two fighters who were anxious to get at each other. Brent Farris – Butte County Probation vs Arturo Cervantes – Palafox Gym. There was no feel-out period needed when the opening bell sounded. These two fighters came out swinging right out of the gate. After a few good exchanges, these two boxers would then settle into their respective game plans. Farris came forward behind a stiff jab and threw hard 1, 2 combinations. Cervantes showed good footwork and danced his way out of danger, jabbing and countering Farris with an overhand right as he came into range. Cervantes would then catch Farris flush with a straight right hand that would send him down to the canvas. Farris got up quickly and took the referee’s count up to 9. He shook off the knockdown and went back to work. The 1st round would then end with both combatants caught in a tangle after a furious flurry from both fighters. In the 2nd round it would be Cervantes who would press the action forward and went after Farris. He applied intelligent pressure, working his way in behind the jab. He worked Farris’ body, then caught him with two big overhand rights that would swell up his left eye and further bloody his nose. A standing 8-count would then be given to Farris. The ringside doctor would also be called in to examine the fighter. After a few words by the Doc, the ref, & team Farris, all parties came to an agreement; let the insistent & courageous Farris continue. With a brave warrior’s heart, the very tough Farris fought on and would finish the fight by landing some big right hand punches of his own. After the last bell, both fighters showed great sportsmanship & embraced one another. What a fight! What a way to open up this night’s event! Cervantes winner by decision.
AJ Forestiere – Madera PD vs John Henderson – Hanford PD. Boxer vs Brawler making their Battle of the Badges debut. Henderson wasted no time and came out throwing wild and violent left, right hook combinations, catching Forestiere with very heavy leather. Forestiere would try to keep his distance, but had to fight hard to keep Henderson off of him. They would exchange some combinations in the center of the ring. But Forestiere had to box from the outside to stay away from Henderson’s relentless attack and clear advantage in power. Forestiere established his jab and right hand, but kept his left hand low. Henderson then closed the distance and caught Forestiere with a booming right hand that knocked him down to the ground. AJ was down but he was not out. He got up, dusted himself off, and finished the round. As the fight wore on, Henderson kept coming after Forestiere, throwing hard punches in bunches. He would maul Forestiere against the ropes and hit him with really strong shots upstairs and downstairs, imposing his tremendous will on him. Forestiere would find his distance back, and work his jab and right hand, but Henderson would walk right through them. Forestiere would then run out of room and be forced to fight Henderson in very close quarters. They fought toe to toe in the center of the ring, then Henderson caught Forestiere with another vicious head shot that sent him down to the canvas for the second time in the fight. But just as he did before, Forestiere got up again and fought back with everything he had until the fight ended. Wow! What a great fight! What a display of heart and will by both warriors! This turned out to be “The UCA Fight of The Night”, and deservedly so. Henderson winner by Decision.
Bout 4 Dania Lopez – Thrive Training Center vs Marlena Garcia – Tribal Public Safety. Lopez started the fight at a really fast pace. She was the shorter of the two fighters, but was able to get past Garcia’s longer reach by jabbing her way inside and following up with quick combinations. Garcia pawed out a probing jab and seemed to be trying to time Lopez with a power shot on her way in. But Lopez used effective footwork to get in and out of Garcia’s range. Lopez was the busier fighter of the two, landing accurate and well-timed 1, 2’s. She closed the distance well and was able to reach her taller opponent with regularity. She finished the 1st round with a flurry. Marlena abandoned the jab and came out brawling in the 2nd. Dania would then flash some fancy footwork and avoided most of Marlena’s power punches. But Lopez seemed intent on putting on a good show. She met Garcia halfway and mixed it up with her in the middle of the ring for a bit. Still not using her jab, Marlena opted to throw lead rights instead. Dania avoided those lead right hands and landed her counter left hooks. She closed in on Marlena and closed out the round with a 1, 2, 3 combo. At the start of the last round Garcia finally found her range. She was able to land her longer jab and right hands, and kept Lopez at the end of her punches. Lopez’ legs seemed to slow down a bit, but Dania was more than willing to stay in the pocket and trade with Marlena. While on the inside, both fighters would throw and land their fair share of hooks and uppercuts. The crowd would then “oooh” in excitement after some solid right hands found their mark for each lady. A loud applause from the crowd was heard at the time the fight ended. These two women kept the night’s action going and put on a great show! Lopez winner by decision.
Bout 7 featured a matchup between a fighter from California and a fighter from Kansas. Zach Farris -CHP made his Battle of the Badges debut against Steven Lee – Sedgwick SD. Farris flew out of the corner as soon as the bell rang and stormed right after the southpaw from Kansas, Steven Lee. There was no feel-out period for Farris. He threw and landed some stinging right hands that seemed to stun Lee. Fighting in the lefty stance, Lee used lateral movement to avoid some of Farris’ ferocious attack. He had some success timing Farris with a counter straight left and counter right hook as he charged his way in. But Farris would not be discouraged. He continued to make his way forward, throwing punches upstairs and chopping away at Lee’s body. But Lee would fight back and tried to slow Farris down. Farris kept up a fast pace and continued to maul Lee in an all-out brawl. He would land lots of leather. But Lee kept fighting back. He ripped Farris’ head and body with right and lefts. But Farris kept pushing forward. Neither warrior would back down. They fought in a phone booth for the last 10 seconds of the fight. They both showed tremendous courage & heart. Another close and amazing fight! Farris winner by decision.
All 22 competitors taking part in Saturday night’s UCA promoted Battle of the Badges event have officially made weight for the show. Weigh-ins took place today on the stage of the Hanford Civic Auditorium in front of a packed crowd. All eyes were on the Main Event fighters. #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno PD and the UCA undefeated Champion Chris Lewis looked in tip top shape. The co-headliners #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD and the Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal PD used every bit of the allowed 160lbs to make their UCA Middleweight Title fight official. So too did the UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD and his opponent Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD both coming in under the 140lb limit. Eddie Montano, LAPD and Chris Martinez, Fresno PD had no trouble making the contracted weight for their UCA Jr Middleweight title fight. Bryan Williams, Fresno PD and his opponent James Moore, Monroe, Louisiana FD perhaps looked in the best shape both coming in under the 220lb limit for their Masters UCA Heavyweight Championship Title fight. All the action takes place tomorrow starting at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5 p.m. There are a few general admission tickets still left. Tickets will be available at the door.
All the workouts are done. Each fighter has pushed their body far as it can go. All the miles ran, the many rounds of sparring all comes down to how well the fighters perform on Saturday night in that ring against that opponent at that moment? The wait is over. It’s go time! You have one chance to fight hard, fight smart, keep your composure and leave nothing to chance. 6 short minutes of work to live the rest of your life a champion. Saturday night April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets are still available. Tickets are only $30.
Brent Farris, Butte County Probation hopes to make a successful debut and move up the ranking of a loaded Welterweight division when he steps into the ring Saturday night. Farris is an all-around fighter who welcomes all comers. He will test his skills against Arturo Cervantes and fans can expect a high intensity, high impact fight when these fighters lock horns Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors Open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. $30. 00 General Admission, $50.00 Reserved Ringside.