On Friday September 26, 2014 the reigning and defending UCA Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens will put his title on the line against the #1 ranked fighter in the state Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriffs Office. Taylor holds a record of 10-1 and is perhaps the biggest threat to Stevens title. Stevens is used to having the odds against him and being the underdog. He uses it as motivation to work hard and evolve as a fighter. On Friday night when both fighters enter the ring, the odds, the opinions and records won’t matter. It’s going to come down to how well each fighter performs on that night, in that ring, against that opponent, at that moment? The LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA. Doors open at 5pm fights start at 7pm. Tickets $25.00 General Admission $50.00 Ringside.
The main event of the stacked Battle of the Badges Capital City Explosion Pro/Am card features the undisputed UCA Super Heavyweight State Champion Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept. making the second defense of his UCA crown against the #1 ranked fighter in California, Mike Gomez, CDCR. Main events don’t get much better than this. Tickets are on sale now starting at only $25.00 for General Admission and $40.00 for Ringside. The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento CA. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm.
Roseville Firefighter and Battle of the Badges newcomer Chris Anaya held an open training session at UFC Gym in Sacramento. Anaya will square off with Josh Tann, Cal Fire, on Saturday October 11, 2014 in the Battle of the Badges. Anaya is in tremendous shape and is determined to pick up his first win. Anaya trains under the watchful eye of UFC Gym head trainer Marcus Reaves. When asked how Chris looks Marcus said, “Chris works hard, he listens and is a pleasure to have at the gym.” Tickets are on sale now. General $25 Ringside $40. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. The Battle of the Badges takes place at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California. To see workout photos of Chris Anaya visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.787796371270866.1073741999.219484084768767&type=1
The contracts are signed for one of the most anticipated rematches of the year. #1 ranked Matthew Pereida, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, is set to meet #2 Aurelio Vasquez, Los Angeles Police Department September 26, 2014 for the UCA Super Middleweight State Championship Title. Both fighters have cemented their spot among the elite in the Super Middleweight division. Vasquez has built a large fan base due to his seek and destroy style and doing whatever it takes to win. Pereida is a thrilling, all-action fighter who throws tons of punches so the fans are going to get an exciting fight. Vasquez tasted defeat for the first time against Pereida, November 22, 2013 and now seeks revenge. Pereida is determined to defeat Vasquez once again and prove he is the best Super Middleweight in California. Pereida and Vasquez are one win away from being forever branded a Champion. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside.
Professional fighter Adam Fiel looks to extend his undefeated winning streak October 11, 2014 in the Battle of the Badges – Capital City Explosion Pro/Am card. Don’t miss this ground breaking event. For the first time Public Safety boxers will be featured on the same card as professional fighters. Tickets are on sale now. General $25 Ringside $40. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Battle of the Badges takes place at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 leisure lane, Sacramento California.
Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol CHP showed off his skills in a light training session at Niavaroni’s Kickboxing Gym Friday in Roseville, California. Webb has one MMA fight in the Alemeda Battle of the Badges (May 12, 2012) defeating Gene Gabriel, SFPD and is looking forward to stepping into the ring for the first time as a boxer. Webb is a friendly, respectful fighter who is ready to test his skills as a boxer. Although Webb currently does not have an opponent for the upcoming Battle of the Badges he is training under the watchful eye of world championship trainer Nasser Niavaroni in hopes that an opponent is found.
The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane. Tickets are on sale now! General $25 Ringside $40. Doors open at 5pm. Fights start at 6pm. To see video and photos of Josh Webb training https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.785229884860848.1073741998.219484084768767&type=3
On September 26, 2014 a Heavyweight Champion will be crowned when #1 ranked, Mike Frazier, LASD takes on #5 Bert Castaneda , LAPD for the UCA Heavyweight State Championship. Frazier (7-0) will put his perfect record on the line against the most threatening opponent in the heavyweight division, (8-1) Castaneda, LAPD. Frazier has never tasted defeat and plans on keeping it that way. Castaneda is looking for respect and ready to silence the doubters that don’t believe he can beat the #1 ranked heavyweight in California. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside.
Josh Tann, Cal Fire will make his return to the ring October 11, 2014 to face Chris Anaya, Roseville Fire Dept. in a 3 round Cruiserweight bout. Tann has been putting in a lot of hours at CA Boxing & MMA with stablemates Mike Gomez, Jeremy Parker, and Jessica Glissmeyer, all CDCR and who will all be on the October 11th NorCal Battle of the Badges card. The event takes place at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, California. Tickets on sale now! General $25.00 Ringside $40.00. Doors open at 5pm First Fight at 6pm.
On Friday September 26, 2014 the LA Battle of the Badges will be headlined by two of the best fighters in the state when they battle it out for the UCA Cruiserweight State Championship. Brian Stevens, LASD, the reigning and defending Champion will put his title on the line and test his skills against #1 ranked, Travon Taylor, (10-1) Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The UCA caught up with the Cruiserweight Champion to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight.
UCA – How is training going at Henry Tillman’s Boxing Gym?
BS – Training has been great! Tillman’s gym is filled with talented pro fighters. Training alongside those guys every day is going to take me to another level.
UCA – Have you had the opportunity to spar or train beside any top pros or top amateurs at the gym?
BS -Yes. There is more access to quality sparring that we’ve ever had.
UCA – You will be defending your title against another #1 ranked fighter. Do you feel this will be your toughest challenge?
BS -I always prepare as if I am the underdog. From what I have seen, he looks to be a very experienced and talented boxer, so he should be my toughest opponent yet.
UCA – Are you preparing for a tough grinding fight?
BS -We just focus on working hard and getting better every day. I condition myself to grind if need be, but I prepare to make the fight easier than the training.
UCA – Do you feel you have the style to beat Taylor?
UCA – Are you sparring with guys similar to Taylor’s style and stature?
UCA – Do you feel Taylor brings something to the ring that you have never dealt with before?
BS -I think it is going to be more of a true boxing match than I have had in the past. He likes to counter punch and box. I think that our styles should make for a good show.
UCA – Is your training camp more intense compared to your other training camps?
BS -Yes. I am always pushing to work harder, learn more, and get better. I know I have my toughest challenge ahead of me so I am going to have to bring it!
UCA – Are you working on anything specific in training camp to prepare for your fight with Taylor?
BS -Not really. We just work to get better and do what we do best. Hopefully he will be the one who needs to adjust.
UCA – Do you feel you have any advantages over Taylor?
BS -Like I say, I like to think of myself as the underdog, but I always know I have the best trainer.
UCA – Is there anything that worries you about Taylor?
UCA – Do you feel the fight will be a back and forth battle where you are both tested?
UCA – If the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come hard and push the pace to win the round?
BS -I always try to push harder than I am being pushed. I want to win every round.
UCA – Will you have to put on the best performance of your career to keep your title?
BS -I believe so.
UCA – How do you see the fight ending?
BS – And still…
UCA- What Gym are you training at to prepare for the fight?
TT- UFC Gym, Torrance, CA
UCA- Who is your trainer?
TT- Vance Bejarano.
UCA- If you had to pick one fighter whose style most resembles yours who would it be?
TT- Canelo Alvarez.
UCA- How often are you training to prepare for the fight?
TT- At least 5 days a week. Lots of explosive power workouts and cardio.
UCA- Are you working on anything specific in training camp to prepare for fight?
TT- Explosiveness, counter punching, and working angles.
UCA- Is your training camp more intense compared to your other training camps?
TT- I train the same for every fight. I train as if I’m going to fight Mayweather Himself!!
UCA- Do you feel your trainer will have you prepared for anything that happens Friday night?
TT- Absolutely! He is very skilled and knowledgeable. He throws different scenarios at me all the time.
UCA- Are you sparring with guys similar to Stevens’ style and stature?
TT- It’s pretty hard to find exact matches to Stevens but my sparring partners are very skilled in the sport of boxing! They really make me work!
UCA- Are you a fighter who watches video on your opponent?
TT- Yes. If I can find a video, I’ll watch and analyze but I can’t totally depend on old videos because fighters train differently for different fights and improve as I do.
UCA- Do you feel you have any advantages over Stevens?
TT- I feel I’m faster and more powerful than Stevens.
UCA- Do you feel this will be your toughest challenge?
TT- Not sure. I’ve had some tough fights in the past and some really good sparring partners. I’ll have to see when we get in the ring.
UCA- Are you preparing for a tough grinding fight?
TT- Absolutely! I’m prepared to throw 100 punches a round if I had to! I love hard fights! The harder the fight, the more focused I become. I will step up and be prepared for anything Stevens throws at me.
UCA- Do you feel you have the style to beat Stevens?
TT- Absolutely! I’m patient and can adjust my style that best suits the situation.
UCA- Do you feel Stevens brings something to the ring that you have never dealt with before?
TT- Stevens is tall like Hotchkiss but much more technical. He throws punches in bunches. Never dealt with a taller opponent that is a good combination puncher like Stevens.
UCA- Is there anything that worries you about Stevens?
TT- I can’t say that anything about Stevens worries me. I know what I’m up against and I’ll be prepared for it.
UCA- If the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come hard and push the pace to win the round?
TT- Of course! I’ll do what it takes to win!
UCA- Will you have to put on the best performance of your career to take Stevens Title?
TT- Every time I step in the ring I plan on giving the best performance of my career. I don’t plan and train to win, I plan and train to dominate!
UCA- What will you be thinking about as you walk to the ring?
TT- “I WILL NOT LOSE! I REFUSE to let my supporters down!!”
UCA- Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight will end?
TT- Yes I have envisioned it. It will not go to the score cards.
With a little over 6 weeks until the NorCal Battle of the Badges, two fighters with championship material held an open workout at Thrive Training Center, Fresno California. Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. and stablemate Jason Gutknecht, Madera Police Dept. were put through a two hour workout session by Coach Bryan Williams, Fresno PD in preparation for October 11, 2014. Super Heavyweight prospect Masse, Fresno PD will take on Ialia Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek. Heavyweight prospect Gutknecht, Madera PD will square off with Ben Kappler, CDCR, Mule Creek. Masse and Gutknecht looked sharp working out as their respected trainer Williams looked on. The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6pm. Tickets on sale now General $25.00 Ringside $40.00. To see Masse and Gutknecht workout photos visit UCA facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.781017888615381.1073741996.219484084768767&type=1
The anticipation is revving up for the only female fight on the NorCal Battle of the Badges card. Jessica Glissmeyer, Folsom State Prison vs Ruby Aguirre, LAPD has to be the front runner for the UCA “Fight of the Night” honors. There is a reason everyone looks forward to seeing women fight, because they fight! This fight is guaranteed to raise the bar and break fresh ground for women boxing. Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6pm. TICKETS: General $25.00 Ringside $40.00.
Dark Star Boxing Gym held an open workout for Brandon Lugar, CDCR, CSP SAC to promote the NorCal Battle of the Badges. Lugar will make his Battle of the Badges debut Saturday October 11, 2014 when he squares off with Mike Garcia, Folsom State Prison in a cruiserweight showdown. Although Lugar is a Battle of the Badges newcomer he is in great shape and ready to lock horns with Garcia as soon as he steps into the ring. This is a classic matchup between two fighters from rivaling prisons. Do not miss this fight! Tickets are on sale now! To see Brandon Lugar workout photos visit United Combat Association Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.777375738979596.1073741994.219484084768767&type=3
Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6pm. TICKETS: General $25.00 Ringside $40.00.
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It’s official two of the biggest names in Public Safety Boxing will headline the LA Battle of the Badges September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello California. Both camps agreed to the terms of the contract and the only thing left to do is fight. The undisputed, reigning and defending UCA Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. will make the 2nd defense of his title against Travon Taylor Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Taylor holds a record of 10-1 and is the #1 ranked Cruiserweight in California. Taylor’s quest for the UCA State Title started in February, 2014 when he defeated the previously undefeated 3rd ranked Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow Police Dept. On Friday night Taylor will get the chance to complete his quest. Don’t miss your chance to see two of the most talented public safety boxers in California battle it out for the UCA Cruiserweight State Championship Title. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside.
Two newly crowned Champions have been forced to withdraw from the October 11, 2014 Battle of the Badges card due to injuries suffered in training. The UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Francisco Flores, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Dept. and the UCA Middleweight Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. were scheduled to make the first defense of their title but they will have to wait. Flores was scheduled to face #3 Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. and Vargas was set to face #2 Quincy Mirage, LAPD. Both title fights have been postponed to the April 4, 2015 Central California Battle of the Badges Event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.
On Friday, September 26, 2014 Brian Stevens, LASD, Travon Taylor, OCSO, Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD, Matthew Pereida, LASD, Mike Frazier, LASD, Bert Castaneda, LAPD Gerardo Pachuca, LASD and Jake Ching, LACoFD will write their own story of their journey of discipline, sacrifice, passion, determination, adversity, effort and detail. When the time comes to be on that stage, it’s your battle, your triumph, your heartache. It’s the story you tell to your family. It’s the memories you make and keep with you for the rest of your life. For 6 short minutes nothing else matters except being the best fighter you can be. Sacrifice now and live the rest of your life a champion. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside and on sale now.
Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD suffered his first and only defeat to Matthew Pereida, LASD in last year’s UCA “Fight of the Year.” It was a back and fourth war between two highly skilled fighters but there had to be a winner. Pereida would escape with a razor close split decision win and put a blemish on Vasquez perfect record. The fight became an instant classic earning Vasquez and Pereida the respect and attention of all public safety boxing fans and fighters. On Friday September 26, 2014 Vasquez and Pereida will finally meet again and battle it out for the UCA Super Middleweight State Championship Title. The action takes place at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside and on sale now.
Public Safety boxing is transitioning into a new breed of super athletes who are elevating the game. This new breed of fighter have top level coaches, they are training, and sparring with professional and world champion fighters. They study the game, they eat well, and when they are not working they are training. It explains how these fighters are breaking into the top ten and fighting for the state title so quickly. The days of training for three weeks to prepare for a fight are over. To make a run at the title you have to dedicate yourself to the game. It has to nearly consume your life. One workout missed could be the difference between winning and losing a fight.
New fighter looking to get a shot at the UCA belt, Benjamin Dobbs, represents the new generation of Public Safety boxing. Benjamin Dobbs, U. S Navy, 190lbs has 33 fights and holds a record of 21-12 and is hungry and ready to fight now. “I want the belt and I will do anything to get on this card!” Dobbs said. “I want to fight for the 190lb title and also want a shot at the UCA Super Heavyweight title if someone pulls out of the fight. I want to be UCA’s pound for pound king. It would mean a lot to me as I am active duty in the Navy. I’m making the trip all the way from Virginia. One of my very good friends is fighting on the card and it would be big for the Navy to have two Sailors from one ship compete together on the same night. I would like to make the Navy proud by coming back with the belt. Hopefully a match can be made.” The Public Safety Boxing Game has changed.
Two of the very best fighters in California will face off Saturday, October 11, 2014 when break out star Shant Sheklanian, (5-0) Madera Police Dept. gets set for the biggest fight of his career when he faces the UCA Jr. Welterweight State Champion Francisco Flores. Stanislaus County Sheriffs Dept. Both fighters are coming into this fight with tremendous confidence. Flores has put together a 5 fight winning streak since losing in 2009 to Police Olympic Gold Medalist Walter Lavarro, Long Beach Police Dept. Flores defeated Lavarro by razor close decision in April avenging his only loss and also claiming the UCA Jr. Welterweight title. Sheklanian proved he belongs with the elite of the division earlier this year by defeating the highly talented, previously undefeated Taron Scott (6-1), CDCR, CYA. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and that is what Sheklanian has to do to become the Jr. Welterweight Champion. Don’t miss this explosive fight October 11, 2014 Red Lion Woodlake Hotel & Conference Center 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California. General admission $25.00 Ringside $40.00. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6pm.
Middleweight boxing sensation DJ Vargas, Avenal PD looks to defend his title for the first time against 2nd ranked power punching, Quincy Mirage, LAPD in a high stakes UCA championship title fight. October 11, 2014 Red Lion Woodlake Hotel & Conference Center 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California. Doors open at 5 general admission $25.00, ringside $40.00. Tickets on sale now.
The #1 ranked Super Heavyweight Mike Gomez, CDCR is determined to take full advantage of the opportunity in front of him. Gomez is putting in long hours at The Dungeon, Sacramento, CA for his eagerly-anticipated Main Event State Championship title fight against the reigning UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Cleon jones Yolo county Sheriffs Dept. Saturday, October 11, 2014, Red Lion Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.766444660072704.1073741992.219484084768767&type=1
The Oct 11, 2014 NorCal Battle of the Badges, “Battle in the Capitol City” event features six of the best fighters in California when they battle it out for the UCA State Champion title. The main event features a Super Heavyweight bout between the reigning UCA State Champion Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept putting his title on the line against heavy handed #1 ranked Mike Gomez, CDCR. Jones is a proven athletic fighter who continues to improve and get better with each fight. Jones will be taking on one of boxing’s biggest punchers. Gomez has made it clear in his fights that he doesn’t want to leave the fight in the judges’ hands. With Gomez knock out power some people are picking him to become the new UCA Super Heavyweight Champion. One thing is for sure Gomez will have to stop a giant to become the king of the Super Heavyweights. This fight promises to be a knockdown drag out war between two athletic big men. With both guys being athletic with similar experience this fight will come down to “who wants it more.”
The co main event of Saturday nights battle of the badges features the UCA middleweight champion Dj Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. as he aims to add another name to his impressive resume while 2nd ranked Quincy Mirage, is on a quest to become the first UCA Champion from the Los Angeles Police Dept.
Rounding out this Championship Triple Header attraction, UCA Jr Welterweight State Champion Francisco Flores Stanislaus Sheriff’s Dept. puts his title on the line against undefeated 3rd ranked Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. These three UCA State Championship Title fights promise to have excitement, drama and lots of punishment. This mega-event will take place Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Inn, Sacramento California.
A new challenger for the UCA Cruiserweight title has arrived and his name is Travon Taylor. On Friday September 26, 2014 the LA Battle of the Badges returns to the Quiet Cannon for another explosive night of Public Safety boxing. The card will have the fans on their feet all night as they watch the best matchups between the best fighters in California. Headlining the card will be the reigning and defending UCA Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. putting his title on the line against the red hot #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Stevens has always sought out the toughest challengers and will be facing perhaps his toughest challenge to date in Taylor (10-1) Taylor has been ripping through the competition to make his way to the top of the division and will be looking to put on another breakout performance against the 190lb title holder. This fight is Public Safety boxing at its best and will once again raise the bar. The action takes place at the Quiet Cannon 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello California. Doors open at 5 p.m. First bell rings at 6pm. Tickets prices are $25.00 general, $50.00 ringside and will be on sale soon.
When a team is committed to achieving a common goal it catapults each fighter ahead of the competition as a result of its cohesiveness and support system. When a fighter is a part of a team he has his stable mates to encourage, support, and share their knowledge and expertise. This leads to a positive effect on performance come fight time. Fighters improve by having a team that depends on them to perform better and work hard to live up to the expectations of the other fighters. When you have a team behind you, you are not afraid of what comes in front of you. A motivated team with a knowledgeable leader can produce incredible results. “Talent wins fights but a team wins championships”
A private work out was held at Fortune Gym in Hollywood to kick off the training camps of five LAPD fighters. On September 26th, 2nd ranked Aurelio Vasquez will face the only man to ever beat him #1 ranked undefeated Matthew Peredia, LASD for the UCA Super Middleweight State Championship Title. On the same night 3rd ranked Dre Fonseca, who is coming off a Fight of the Night performance will square off with newcomer Lena Pimental, LASD.
On October 11, 2014 the NorCal Battle of the Badges will take place at the Red Lion Inn Hotel, Sacramento, CA. 2nd ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD will take on the best middleweight in California when he attempts to knock off the UCA Middleweight State Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal PD. Ford Do and Ruby Aguirre who also represent LAPD will be featured on the NorCal card making their Battle of the Badges debut. The fighters worked out for 90 minutes shadow boxing, hitting the bags, mitts and sparring. Aguirre got in some work with Fonseca while Mirage and Vasquez sparred a few rounds with former top ranked fighter John Negrete. To see the workout photos visit United Combat Association
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The #1 ranked cruiserweight Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. held an open workout at UFC Gym, 1431 W Knox St Suite 1200, Torrance, California with Coach Vance Bejarano. Taylor is working hard to ensure he walks away with the UCA Cruiserweight State Championship Title. Taylor is set to meet the reigning and defending UCA Cruiserweight Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. Friday September 26, 2014 at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California. Taylor has a tough task in front of him and it will take a near miracle to take the belt from the Champion. Taylor stamped himself as a huge threat in the cruiserweight division by defeating the previously unbeaten Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow Police Dept. February 1, 2014. Taylor holds a record of 10-1 and possesses one punch knockout power. This, combined with his supreme talent, is the reason for his meteoric rise to the top of the cruiserweight division. Team Taylor has been waiting for their moment and feel there time is now to dethrone the champion. To view Travon Taylor’s open workout photo gallery visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.749151368468700.1073741986.219484084768767&type=1.
The former interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alfredo Angulo, (22-4) stopped by the City of Angels Boxing Gym in Los Angeles to give a few tips to some top rated fighters. 3rd ranked Lightweight and UCA Fight of the Night winner Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD had the honor to spar and hang out with Angulo. #1 ranked Jr Middleweight Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD and 2nd ranked Middleweight Quincy Mirage, LAPD also got a chance to get in some work with the former Champion.
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On October 11, 2014 the Battle of the Badges returns to the Capitol City for an action packed night of boxing. The Main Event features the long awaited showdown between the best big men in California. The reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept. puts his title on the line to battle it out with the most threatening challenger to date, #1 ranked Mike Gomez, CDCR, CSP SAC. Plus the newly crowned UCA Middleweight Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. makes the first defense of his title when he takes on the #2 middleweight in the state Quincy Mirage, LAPD. Don’t miss the most sensational Public Safety Boxing cards of the year, Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Inn Hotel, Sacramento California. The full fight card will be announced soon.
To prevent permanent eye damage the UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara Police Dept. is forced to retire from boxing. Wurdinger suffers from a damaged third cranial nerve (oculomotor nerve) which there is no treatment for but should eventually just get better on its own. An Ophthalmologist and Neuropthalmologis agree that it would be probable that Matt would have permanent double vision in all directions if he received any more head trauma.
During Wurdinger’s reign (2007-2013) he was a ferocious force with unrelenting determination. If something got in his way, he would punch through it. Wurdinger has had a rather amazing amateur boxing career. He holds a record of 9-1. He lost his first fight and never tasted defeat again. He went on to become a Nor Cal Golden Gloves Champion, Police Olympic Gold Medalist and UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion. Matt is a fighter who would fight anyone anywhere seeking out the biggest challenges. Not once in his career did he back away from a challenge. In the ring he lives by a simple code, no compassion, no pity, no weakness, and no mercy. Technique took a backseat to brutality; he made his opponents go through hell. Wurdinger’s no-quit, no mercy style, may be the greatest quality a fighter can possess. It’s the quality that made him a champion.
Wurdinger achieved greatness and will always be remembered as one of the best. He is a great example of someone you want to emulate yourself after. He is an incredible competitor, a flat out winner, a role model, a real person and a proud person. Matt is the epitome of what you look for in a person. Matt Wurdinger will always carry a huge piece of UCA history. His legacy will be the way he carried himself. He did everything the right way and he did public safety boxing proud. From top to bottom he is a class act and brought class to the sport.
On June 14 the Barona Battle of the Badges celebrates its eleventh year anniversary at the Sheraton Hotel, San Diego with a talented line up of young prospects that have a bright future ahead of them. This is a public safety boxing event you don’t want to miss. The show includes an amateur show followed by the Battle of the Badges show. The event takes place Saturday June 14, 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA. For pre-matches contact: Jason Haines (619) 408-5584 or Jessie Tanner (619) 820-1263 for more information contact Clemente Casillas (619) 992-7075.
When it comes to maximizing potential, passion is an absolute must. Passion isn’t something you can fake; you either have it, or you don’t. Passion will guide you through adversity and pick you up when you fall. Once your goal is set pursue it relentlessly. To give yourself an honest chance at your goal you have to be committed 100% and passionate about achieving it. Passion is never being satisfied, pushing past your limits, and seeing how far you can go. Be passionate enough to battle through things like: being tired, sick, or too busy. Nothing great has been accomplished without passion. Passion is the fuel that makes champions.
Bout 1 (132lbs) Adelbero Zorilla, Puerto Rico PD vs. Maceo Patterson, Bedsty C&K
Bout 2 features 5th ranked hard charging Brandon Manning, LASD taking on Puerto Rico PD’s Angel Ortiz. (160lbs)
Bout 3 features a “Female Grudge Match” between New York Correction Officers Fallon Diaz vs. Daina Henry.
Bout 4 (160lbs) features 3rd ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs. Dennis Burgos, NYPD.
Bout 5 (160lbs) Art Gonzalez, LASD vs. Joel Allen, NYPD
Bout 6 (168lbs) #1 ranked Shannon Lopez, LAPD vs. Emily Werfel, NYPD
Bout 7 (185lbs) Wilfredo Benetiz, Puerto Rico PD vs. Isaac Acevedo, NYPD
Bout 8 features the undefeated reigning and defending UCA State Champion Brian Stevens, LASD testing his skills against Will Hamilton, NYPD. (190lbs)
Bout 9 (220lbs) 6th ranked Bert Castaneda, LAPD vs. Jamal Welch, New York Corrections.
Bout 10 (180lbs) Luis Febres Estrada, Puerto Rico PD vs. Jamaal Spence, NYPD
Bout 11 (147lbs) Jose Arellano, LAPD vs. Rodney Guitonez, NYPD
Bout 12 (165lbs) Ramon Ortiz, Puerto Rico PD vs. Dave Robinson, NYPD
Bout 13 (190lbs) Jay Morales, Puerto Rico PD vs. Mark Sinatra, NYPD
Bout 14 (170lbs) Sergio Granajo, LAPD vs. Jonathon Alvarez, NYPD
Bout 15 features undefeated 2nd ranked Alan Rojas, LASD vs. Tracy Gutierez, New York Corrections.
Thursday June 5, 2014 at the Lexington Avenue Armory “Home of the Fighting 69th Regime.” 26 Street & Lexington Ave, New York, NY. Doors open at 6pm first fight starts at 7:30. General Admission Tickets are $25.00. Proceeds benefit the Autism Foundation. For more information visit http://nypdboxing.com/index.html
Aside from the Central California Battle of the Badges (April, 19, 2014 Hanford Civic Auditorium) being one of the best cards of the year it also produced one of the best fights of the year. Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD vs Laura Morales, Fresno County Probation earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their determination, courage, boxing skills, and will to win. Neither fighter knows what the word “quit” means. They never heard of the word. It doesn’t exist to them. Fonseca and Morales are true fighters who dug deep and continued to push themselves probably further than they thought they could go. They fought through fatigue and pain and pressed the action in what was an incredibly, memorable close fight. Morales and Fonseca put on the type of performance that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD and Laura Morales, Fresno County Probation for their well-deserved “UCA Fight of the Night” honors.
The SoCal Battle of the Badges went down Saturday night at Agua Caliente Resort & Casino and it was a night of upsets. 3 undefeated fighters suffered their first defeat and two unknown fighters are drawing a lot of attention.
Mario Alonzo, CDCR (2-3) handed Robert Morales, Rialto PD (2-1) his first defeat at Saturday night’s SoCal Battle of the Badges. Alonzo is fighting with a renewed confidence. He trains under the watchful eye of new trainer Marcos Caballero (Father to Randy Caballero, IBF #1 Bantamweight) “I worked hard with my trainer” Alonzo said. “He is pushing me to get the best out of me. I had a great training camp and felt strong coming into this fight.“ Alonzo winner by decision.
3rd ranked, Christina Banuelos, Riverside Sheriff’s Office (3-0) defeated 5th ranked, Yesenia Nelson, CDCR by decision to stay perfect.
#1 ranked, Carlos Vega, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. (3-1) suffered his first defeat at the hands of unknown Jesus Gonzales, Cathedral City Police Dept. Gonzales the unheralded underdog with something to prove temporarily derailed the # 1 ranked Vega’s title hopes. Vega can put himself back into contention for a title shot by dropping to 160lbs and beating someone in the top ten. Gonzales winner by decision. Add another name to the stacked Super Middleweight division.
Steven Mann, CDCR (3-0) defeated Ruben Gamboa to keep his perfect record intact and secure his spot as the 8th best Super Heavyweight in California.
#1 ranked, Juanita Aragon, Morongo Public Safety started her boxing career on fire reeling off 4 wins in a row. Unknown Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. did not want to be number 5. Ameda defeated Aragon by decision putting a blemish on Aragon’s perfect record.
#1 ranked, Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. (10-1) continues his winning ways by defeating Gustavo Magana (civilian) via 2nd rd. TKO. Taylor sits alone at the top of the cruiserweight division waiting for his shot at the undefeated, reigning and defending Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens, LASD. August 1, 2014 LA Battle of the Badges.
The SoCal Battle of the Badges returns to Agua Caliente Resort and Casino tomorrow night to give fans a night of boxing.
Bout 1 (180lbs) Joe Marabito, Civilian vs. Jon Knowlton, Civilian
Bout 2 features two former top ranked heavyweights looking to break back into the top ten in a must win fight. Mario Alonzo, CDCR vs. Robert Morales, Rialto Police Dept.
Bout 3 (140lbs) Mike Sarkissian, Civilian vs. Juan Huerta, Civilian.
Bout 4 (168lbs) #1 ranked Carlos Vega, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. looks to exit this fight the same way he entered, perfect. Vega will be taking on unknown Jesus Gonzales, Cathedral City PD. Vega could punch his ticket into a UCA State Championship fight with an impressive performance tomorrow night.
Bout 5 (300lbs) David Smith, Civilian vs. Benjamin Seagraves, Riverside Sheriff’s Office
Bout 6 (154lbs) 5th ranked, Yesenia Nelson, CDCR vs. 3rd ranked, Christina Banuelos, Riverside Sheriff’s Office. Banuelos looks to extend her win streak but she has a tough task in front of her. Nelson comes to fight every time she enters the ring. Don’t leave your seats when these lady warriors come on, they could steal the show.
Bout 7 (Super Heavyweights) Mike Bates, Civilian vs Adam Casas, Civilian
Bout 8 (165lbs) John Marugg, Civilian vs. Edgar Sandoval, Corona Police Dept.
Bout 9 (170lbs) Jose Covarrubias, CDCR vs. Eulices Recinos, U.S. Border Patrol
Bout 10 (Super Heavyweight) 8th ranked Steve Mann vs Ruben Gamboa, Civilian.
Bout 11 (130lbs) #1 ranked Juanita Aragon, Morongo Public Safety looks to make it 5-0 against Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept.
The Main Event features #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. taking on “Fight of the Night” winner Freddy Walton, Civilian. Taylor started his public safety boxing career in style making a statement that he has arrived and is coming for Brian Stevens belt.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 6:00 p.m. The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is located at 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Tickets: $20.00 General. $30.00 Ringside. CALL FOR TICKETS: 1-888-999-1995. www.socalbattleofthebadges.com
Being a champion is how you are measured in your sport. What Flores, Jones, Stevens, Bugarin, Sparks, Vargas and Wurdinger all have in common is they are a champion. A champion is a winner; a person of high character who is consistently setting goals. Someone who is never satisfied and who always wants to be at the top of whatever he or she does. A champion has a competitive fire that burns within to be better than everyone else. Champions have a vision and a plan to reinforce that vision. They have the courage to see the impossible and cross the line between good and great. Champions are the people who overcome and persevere through all adversity. They have a positive mindset and are driven to be the best. They are the first in the gym and the last to leave. Champions believe they have a gift and they develop it into an extraordinary achievement. They don’t accept boundaries, they challenge them. Champions are disciplined to put aside other pleasures to achieve greatness. Their achievements will stay with them far beyond their days as a boxer. Flores, Jones, Stevens, Bugarin, Sparks, Vargas and Wurdinger will live the rest of their lives as a champion.
The former UCA #1 ranked Jr. Middleweight and runner up National Colligate Champion David Bermudez hasn’t competed in over two years but stays involved and gives back to the sport he loves by teaching the sweet science to kids, adults and anyone who wants to put on the gloves. Bermudez is the boxing coach at the Darcio Lira BJJ, Muay Thai, and Boxing Academy in Livermore, CA. The East Bay Regional Parks Police Officer shares what he learned from his college boxing days at UNLV and from his past coaches Skipper Kelp, Chris Ben-Tchavtchaze, and Frank Slaughter along with sparring partners, Anthony “El Gallo Negro” Martinez, Joaquin “Killer” Gallardo, and Jose “The Punisher” Perez.
Being a good coach is more than just having a lot of experience, giving direction and knowing techniques. It’s about being more than just a coach, it’s about becoming a mentor, a friend, someone to trust and believe in. Bermudez is the epitome of what a good coach is and what his students aspire to be: knowledgeable, disciplined, consistent, respectful, reliable, patient, committed, supporting, and encouraging. He is a leader and sets an example for his students. Bermudez training will improve and develop a fighter’s mental toughness, confidence, endurance, speed, coordination, balance, reflexes, polish skills, master techniques and prepare his students for the moment they ever decide to step into the ring. What they learn from Bermudez they will keep with them forever. It’s Bermudez way of giving back and staying involved in the sport he loves. http://www.darciolirajiujitsu.com
The New York Police Dept. Boxing Team welcomes the Los Angeles Police Dept., Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. and for the first time ever Policia De Puerto Rico to participate in a boxing event to benefit the Autism Foundation. The boxing teams will throw down to raise money to knock out Autism. Representing California from the LASD Boxing Team will be the undefeated Champion Brain Stevens, #2, Alan Rojas, #6, Brandon Manning, LASD coaches will be Jorge Caamal and Mando Guzman. Representing the LAPD Team will be #1, Shannon Lopez, #2, Aurelio Vasquez, #3, Quincy Mirage, and #6, Bert Castaneda along with coaches Rudy Barragan, Robert Morales and Frank Diaz. It all goes down Thursday June 5, 2014 at the Lexington Avenue Armory “Home of the Fighting 69th Regime.” 26 Street & Lexington Ave, New York, NY. Doors open at 6pm first fight starts at 7:30. General Admission Tickets are $25.00. Proceeds benefit the Autism Foundation. For more information visit http://nypdboxing.com/index.html