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IMG_8757Ancel Patricio, Orange County Sheriff Dept. agrees to take on Devon Dejoie, Navy for the vacant UCA Lightweight Championship title. This fight is just another addition to the already stacked Battle of the Badges card taking place at the Hanford Civic Auditorium April 9, 2016. Don’t wait get your tickets now!

Feb 2016 07

Training Camp

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blogTraining camp is under way for the fighters competing in the Battle of the Badges Saturday April 9, 2016 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Training camp is where it all starts, skills are sharpened, game plans are perfected and fighters are mentally preparing for battle. It’s essential to put together a training schedule, diet plan and surround yourself with like-minded people who want to help you improve. As a fighter you must appreciate the challenge. You must find ways to stay motivated and continue to push yourself throughout camp. Telling yourself; my opponent is not working harder than me, my opponent will not be able to keep up with my pace, I am pushing my body to the limit while my opponent is resting. Training camp is designed to optimize peak performance come fight time. If a fighter misses work outs or is lazy during training camp it will be revealed come fight time.

Feb 2016 05

2016-Fight-PosterUCA Championship Boxing returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium April 9th, 2016 for the Central California Battle of the Badges 3. This fight card is sure to attract a sold-out crowd. Fighters from LAPD, LASD, Fresno Police Dept, Lemoore Police Dept. California Highway Patrol, U.S. NAVY, CDCR, Madera Probation, Monroe Louisiana Fire Dept. Alexandria Police Dept, Hanford Police Dept, Riverside Sheriff Dept, Stockton Police Dept, Orange County Sheriffs Dept. will be laying it all on the line for charity. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission and $50 Reserved Ringside.

Feb 2016 02

Clash of Styles

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DSC_2194 (800x532)10th ranked Ancel Patricio, Orange County Sheriff Dept. sneaks by Babak Izadseta, CDCR, Chino in Saturday night’s SoCal Battle of the Badges.  As soon as the bell rang the fighters fell right into their style. Izadiis the slugger came out swinging, firing punches backing Patricio against the ropes. Patricio would use good footwork and defense to avoid the early onslaught. Izadis continued to turn the heat up on Patricio who gradually made adjustments to outwit, outbox and find holes in Izadiis defense to land shots. This was a very close fight that could have gone either way. In the end it was Ancel Patricio who would get the win by split decision.

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DSC_2744 (2) (800x730)#1 ranked Kat Proudfoot, 29 Palms Fire Dept. and Jasmine Isiodoria, EMS, introduced boxing fans to the women’s Super-Welterweight division with their nonstop give and take battle Saturday night. The undefeated Proudfoot was in the toughest fight of her career against an unknown fighter. Isiodoria came into the fight determined on putting a blemish on Proudfoot’s record and nearly pulled it off. Both fighters put on a great performance but it was Proudfoot who would claim the victory and keep her perfect record intact.

Jan 2016 31

Sold Out!

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247805864_640 - CopyThe first public safety boxing event of the year took place Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. If Saturday night’s SoCal Battle of the Badges is a glimpse of what the 2016 boxing season has in store we are in for one heck of a year. The event was sold out before the doors opened and for good reason. The card had just about everything you could ask for: first time fighters, veteran fighters, female fighters, knockouts and kickboxing. In addition, Cody Anderson, Rincon Fire Dept. proposed to his girlfriend in the center of the ring. “Fight of the Night” was not an easy pick but once the votes were in the honors were given to Mark Houston, RSO vs PJ McGee, Midwest Security. Remember the names James Douglas, USMC, Chris Seelig, Rialto PD, Joey Valencia, RSO, Cody Anderson, Rincon FD, and Tyler Kiest, CDCR, Blythe they are sure to be in title fight conversations.

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January 30, 2016, SoCal Battle of the Badges. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. General Admission $20.00, Ringside $30.00. Tickets are available online at www.Pechanga.com/tickets or the Pechanga box office (951)770-2507. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592

Bout 1

Abraham “ABE” Adame, CDCR-Blythe, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 220 Lbs. 42 Yrs.  vs.  Chris “The Makau” Seelig, Rialto Police Dept. 0-Bouts, 5’11”, 225 Lbs. 36 Yrs.

Bout 2 – Kickboxing

Marcos Sanchez, San Diego Airport Police, 0-Bouts, 6’1”, 258 lbs. 44 Yrs.  vs.   John Lopez, L.A. County Fire  o-Bouts, 6’1”, 280 lbs. 33 Yrs.

Bout 3

James “Buster” Douglas, USMC 29 Palms, 0-bouts, 5’11”, 193 lbs. 23 yrs.  vs. Mike Lim, DPS-Pechanga, 0-bouts, 5’8”, 195 Lbs. 29 Yrs.

Bout 4 

Leslie “Mighty Mouse” Sanchez, Cops 4 Kids, 0-Bouts, 4’11”, 125 lbs, 26 yrs. vs. Amber “The Preachers Wife” Sarkissian, Kaiser Hospital-Cardiac Tech, 2- Bouts, 5’5″, 128 lbs, 35 yrs

Bout 5

Babak “Kaboom”Izadseta, CDCR-Chino, 1-Bout (0-1), 5’7”, 155 lbs. 35 yrs old  vs. UCA 10th ranked, Ancel “Hitman” Patricio, 1-Bout (0-1), Orange County Sheriff Dept., 5’6”, 147 Lbs. 38 Yrs. old

Bout 6 – Kickboxing

Mark Houston, RSO, 0-Bouts, 6′, 180 lbs., 33 yrs. vs. PJ McGee, Riverside, 2-Bouts (2-0), 6’2”, 180 lbs. 29 Yrs old

Bout 7

Omar “Havoc” Romero, USMC 29 Palms, 4-1, 5’11”, 185 lbs, 32 yrs. vs. James “LBQJ” Elie, Air Force Police, 2-Bouts, 5’8″, 185 lbs, 30 yrs.

Bout 8

Joey “The Kid” Valencia, RSO-Indio, 0-Bouts, 6’ 0”, 155 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old vs.  Christian “Big Bird” Foster, USMC-Camp Pendleton, 0-Bouts, 6’1”, 155 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old

Co-Main Event – Kickboxing

Brandon Vierra, US Forest Service, 6-Bouts (5-1), 5’10”, 175 lbs. 32 Yrs. vs. Sam “Mall Cop” Morales, Tyler Mall Security, 9-Bouts, 5’8″, 180 lbs. , 33 yrs.

MAIN EVENT

UCA #1 ranked, Katherine “Kat” Proudfoot, 29 Palms Fire Dept., 1-Bout (1-0), 5’7”, 160 Lbs. 23 Yrs. Old vs. Jasmine Isiodoria, EMS, 1-Bout (1-0), 5’8”, 160 Lbs. 28 Yrs. Old

Bout 11

Manuel “The Thrilla from Manila” Bustillos, RSO, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 160 Lbs. 34 Yrs. Old vs Cody “Ironman” Anderson, Rincon Fire Department, 0-Bouts, 5’11”, 168 Lbs. 27 Yrs. Old

Bout 12

Reggie Dixon, CDCR-Chino, 0-Bouts, 5’10”, 205 Lbs. 52 Yrs. Old vs. Joe “The Bohemian Lion” Slouka, Orange County Sheriff Dept., 0-Bouts, 6’3”, 285 Lbs. 24 Yrs. Old

Bout 13

Tyler ‘The Beast” Kiest, CDCR-Blythe, 0-Bouts,  6’1”, 245 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old vs. Roberto “El Giant” Galvan, DPS-Pechanga, 0-Bouts, 6’3”, 285 Lbs. 24 Yrs. Old

Bout 14

Robert ”Don’t Doubt Me” Morales, Rialto Police Department, 2-Bouts (1-1), 5’11”, 210 Lbs. 30 Yrs. Old vs. Jeremy Magoffin, Pechanga-DPS, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 220 Lbs. 28 Yrs. old

Bout 15

Ruben “El Peligroso” Gamboa, Fire Protection Agency-Downey, 1-Bout (0-1), 6’2”, 225 Lbs. 39 Yrs. Old vs. Rocky Holm, US Navy, 0-Bouts, 6’ 2”, 225 Lbs. 35 Yrs. old

Fight subject to change

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Kat-Proudfoot-BannerThe best female fighter at 160 pounds #1 ranked Kat Proudfoot, 29 Palms Fire Dept. returns to the ring January 30, 2016. Proudfoot will go toe to toe with Jasmine Isiodoria, EMS, in the SoCal Battle of the Badges main event. This fight is sure to steal the show. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. General Admission $20.00, Ringside $30.00. Tickets are available online at www.Pechanga.com/tickets or the Pechanga box office (951)770-2507. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592

Jan 2016 16

Perfect Storm

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Ancel-SoCal-BannerWhen two fighters are hungry for victory you are guaranteed fireworks. On January 30, 2016, 10th ranked Welterweight Ancel Patricio, Orange County Sheriff Dept. will square off with Babak Izadseta, CDCR, Chino. Patricio and Izadseta are sure to deliver action for the fans and punishment to one another. Get your tickets now! General Admission $20.00, Ringside $30.00. Tickets are available online at www.Pechanga.com/tickets or the Pechanga box office (951)770-2507. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
Jan 2016 13

Champ Time

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FullSizeRenderNewcastle Ringside Gym had a surprise visitor stop by on Tuesday evening. The UCA undefeated Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, (6-0) Madera Police Dept. is in Sacramento for Weaponless Defense Instructor School and could not pass up the opportunity to get in a few rounds. “Instructor School is kicking my butt, my whole body is sore but I had to do this. It’s been awhile and nothing makes you feel more alive than sparring” Shant said. The champ got some work with amateur fighters Erick Galindo and Juan Garcia as they prepare for their fights January 23rd in San Francisco.

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January 30, 2016, SoCal Battle of the Badges. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. General Admission $20.00, Ringside $30.00. Tickets are available online at www.Pechanga.com/tickets or the Pechanga box office (951)770-2507. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592

Bout 1

Abraham “ABE” Adame, CDCR-Blythe, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 220 Lbs. 42 Yrs.  vs.  Chris “The Makau” Seelig, Rialto Police Dept. 0-Bouts, 5’11”, 225 Lbs. 36 Yrs.

Bout 2 – Kickboxing

Marcos Sanchez, San Diego Airport Police, 0-Bouts, 6’1”, 258 lbs. 44 Yrs.  vs.   John Lopez, L.A. County Fire  o-Bouts, 6’1”, 280 lbs. 33 Yrs.

Bout 3

Edward “The Scout” Olmos, Riverside County SD, 0-Bouts, 5’7”, 190 Lbs. 22 Yrs.  vs. Mike Lim, DPS-Pechanga, 0-bouts, 5’8”, 195 Lbs. 29 Yrs.

Bout 4 – Kickboxing

Jerald Eldred, San Diego Airport Police, 2-Bouts (2-0) , 5’6”, 160 lbs. 45 Yrs. Old,  vs. Sammy Resendez, San Bernardino Fire Department, 0-Bouts, 5’9”, 155 lbs. 29 Yrs. Old

Bout 5

Babak “Kaboom”Izadseta, CDCR-Chino, 1-Bout (0-1), 5’7”, 155 lbs. 35 yrs old  vs. UCA 10th ranked, Ancel “Hitman” Patricio, 1-Bout (0-1), Orange County Sheriff Dept., 5’6”, 147 Lbs. 38 Yrs. old

Bout 6 – Kickboxing
Omar ‘Havoc” Romero, 1-Bout (4-1), USMC-29 Palms Midwest Security, 5’11”, 175 Lbs. 32 Yrs. old vs. PJ McGee, Riverside, 2-Bouts (2-0), 6’2”, 180 lbs. 29 Yrs old

Bout 7

Travon “Da Wolfman” MCMillan, AMR Redlands, 3- Bouts (1-2), 6’0”, 155 Lbs. 24 Yrs. old vs. Juan Aguirre, San Bernardino S.O, 0-Bouts, 5’10”, 155 Lbs. 31 Yrs. old

Bout 8

Joey “The Kid” Valencia, RSO-Indio, 0-Bouts, 6’ 0”, 155 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old vs.  Christian “Big Bird” Foster, USMC-Camp Pendleton, 0-Bouts, 6’1”, 155 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old

Co-Main Event – Kickboxing
Brandon Vierra, US Forest Service, 6-Bouts (5-1), 5’10”, 175 lbs. 32 Yrs. vs. Michael Wenger, Inland Medical Center, 9-Bouts (5-4), 6’3”, 170 lbs 25 Yrs

MAIN EVENT
UCA #1 ranked, Katherine “Kat” Proudfoot, 29 Palms Fire Dept., 1-Bout (1-0), 5’7”, 160 Lbs. 23 Yrs. Old vs. Jasmine Isiodoria, EMS, 1-Bout (1-0), 5’8”, 160 Lbs. 28 Yrs. Old

Bout 11

Manuel “The Thrilla from Manila” Bustillos, RSO, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 160 Lbs. 34 Yrs. Old vs Cody “Ironman” Anderson, Rincon Fire Department, 0-Bouts, 5’11”, 168 Lbs. 27 Yrs. Old

Bout 12

Reggie Dixon, CDCR-Chino, 0-Bouts, 5’10”, 205 Lbs. 52 Yrs. Old vs. Joe “The Bohemian Lion” Slouka, Orange County Sheriff Dept., 0-Bouts, 6’3”, 285 Lbs. 24 Yrs. Old

Bout 13

Tyler ‘The Beast” Kiest, CDCR-Blythe, 0-Bouts,  6’1”, 245 Lbs. 22 Yrs. Old vs. Roberto “El Giant” Galvan, DPS-Pechanga, 0-Bouts, 6’3”, 285 Lbs. 24 Yrs. Old

Bout 14

Robert ”Don’t Doubt Me” Morale, Rialto Police Department, 2-Bouts (1-1), 5’11”, 210 Lbs. 30 Yrs. Old vs. Jeremy Magoffin, Pechanga-DPS, 0-Bouts, 5’8”, 220 Lbs. 28 Yrs. old

Bout 15

Ruben “El Peligroso” Gamboa, Fire Protection Agency-Downey, 1-Bout (0-1), 6’2”, 225 Lbs. 39 Yrs. Old vs. Rocky Holm, US Navy, 0-Bouts, 6’ 2”, 225 Lbs. 35 Yrs. old

Fight subject to change

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BOTB Pechanga Poster 0116 (602x800)The much anticipated first Battle of the Badges event of 2016 will take place Saturday January 30 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula California. The card is full of up and comers and future UCA Champions. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Don’t wait, get your tickets now! General Admission $20.00, Ringside $30.00. Tickets are available online at www.Pechanga.com/tickets or the Pechanga box office (951)770-2507. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592

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Make it your New Year’s Resolution to compete in the 2016 Central California Battle of the Badges April 9, 2016 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Sign up now and start training. 

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2015 proved Public Safety boxing is hotter than ever and not just in California but all over the country. Battle of the Badges events are being held in Louisiana, Chicago, New York, Missouri, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom with record setting crowds. The Battle of the Badges is the biggest amateur event in the country and continues to grow at a rapid pace. Top level talent is emerging and fans have a lot to be excited about. Dream matchups like Brian Stevens, LASD vs Guillermo Garcia, LAPD, Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs Chris Martinez, Fresno PD and Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD vs Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD along with the California vs New York and California vs Louisiana are perfect examples of how far Public Safety boxing has evolved and the possibilities in years to come…

jeff penn 2 (334x397)UCA Promoter of the Year

Jeff Penn, the SoCal Battle of the Badges promoter continues to put on great events at the best venues in California. Fighters and fans can count on 3 to 4 Battle of the Badges events per year held at Aqua Caliente, Pechanga, Morongo, and Pala Resorts and Casinos. Mr. Penn held the first all-female Battle of the Badges card and is working on hosting the first event held on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier in San Diego, CA

UCA Event of the Year

The Central California Battle of the Badges held at the Hanford Civic Auditorium was the most electrifying event of 2015. It was a highly anticipated event that lived up to the hype. The place was packed and the walls were jumping. The sold out crowd wuca boxing (1) (800x414)as treated to 12 action packed fights featuring some of the best fighters in the country, 5 UCA Championship Title fights, Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff Dept. traveled from Kansas to compete in the event and James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept. traveled from Louisiana to take on Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. for the UCA Heavyweight Championship. “Golden Fists” honors were awarded to Zachary Farris, CHP and Steven Lee. Sedgwick Sheriff Dept. and “Fight of the Night” honors were awarded to AJ Forestiere, Madera Police Dept. and John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. Proceeds from the event benefited the Fallen Officers Resource Fund, Bear Nation Wrestling Team, the Hanford Police Dept. Explorers, and Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern who was severely burned battling a house fire.

UCA Fighter of the Year

A fighter who directly impacts Public Safety boxing by the way he/she performs in the ring. A fighter who stood out from the rest and proved they are the best by challenging and defeating anyone who was put in front of them.

Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. UCA Undefeated Jr Welterweight Champion

Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Undisputed, Reigning and Defending Jr Middleweight ChampionDSC_8412 (712x800)

Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. Interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion & Louisiana Battle of the Badges Champion

DJ Vargas, Hanford Police Dept. Undisputed, Reigning and Defending UCA Middleweight Champion

Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff Dept. Undisputed, Reigning and Defending UCA Light Heavyweight Champion

Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. Undefeated Super Cruiserweight Champion

Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion

Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff Dept. Reigning, Undefeated, Undisputed, Defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion

aaaa (800x509)UCA Coach of the Year

A coach who has the knowledge and experience to unlock a fighters true potential and mold them into a champion. There are a lot of critical factors that make a champion, having a great coach is one of the most important ones.

Mando Guzman – Coach of the UCA Cruiserweight Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. and UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.

David Rodela – Coach of the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept.

Vance Bejarano – Coach of the UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff Dept.

Pat Roberts, Appolonio “T” Fernandez, and Jasper Tayaba – Coach of the UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff Dept.

2015 Fights That Got Away

Ray Encinas. Los Angeles Police Dept. vs David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept.
Hector Mendoza. Los Angeles Police Dept. vs Jorge Caamal, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Quincy Mirage. Los Angeles Police Dept. vs Brandon Manning, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Deirdre Fonseca, Los Angeles Police Dept. vs Marina Lizarraga, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Daniel Ramirez. vs Jose Corral, Los Angles Sheriff Dept.
Walter Lavarro, Long Beach Police Dept. vs Jose Corral, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Devon Dejoie, U.S. Navy vs Ancel Patricio, Orange County Sheriff Dept.
Shawn Sutherland, Big Bear City FD vs Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. vs Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept.

UCA Champions Missing in Action

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Stephanie Sparks, Masters UCA Super Middleweight Champion, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Brent Bugarin UCA Welterweight Champion, Santa Clara Sheriff Dept.
Matthew Pereida, UCA Super Middleweight Champion, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Brian Stevens, UCA Cruiserweight Champion, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Mike Frazier, UCA Heavyweight Champion Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Cleon Jones UCA Masters Super Heavyweight Champion Yolo County Sheriff Dept.

uca boxing (10) (800x574)UCA Biggest Most Memorable Fights of 2015

Fights that undoubtedly will be talked about years from now. While most fights come and go these memorable battles will live on through the ages and become a part of UCA Boxing History.

Zachary Farris, CHP vs Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff Dept.
Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff Dept. vs Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept.
Bryan Williams Fresno Police Dept vs JR Moore, Monroe Louisiana Fire Dept.
Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff Dept vs Josh Mejia, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Alan Rojas Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. vs Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation.

Fighters to Keep an Eye On

Marina Lizarraga, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Joseph Flahaven, Glendale Fire Dept.
Marc Maroquin, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.DSC_7086 (547x800)
Jesse Zaranaga, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Manny Amaya, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Brandon Manning, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Ancel Patricio, Orange County Sheriff Dept.
Jose Corral, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Abran Rodriguez, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Hue Xiong, Fresno Sheriff Dept.
Ryan Parker, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Ricky Seward, Big Bear City Fire Dept.
Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Chris Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept
Devon Dejoie, U.S. Navy
Mike Delrey, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Frederic Sabas, Sycuan Fire Dept.
Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol
Jaboy Leomitti, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept
Mike Hernandez, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Brendy Ponce, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Danny Ramirez, Los Angeles Police Dept.

UCA Fights of the Year

Nestor Escobar, Los Angeles Police Dept vs Marc Maroquin, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept
Gracie Melendrez, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Kesha Guilin, Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Ashley Powers, CDCR Ironwood vs. Alexis Marquez, EMT
Hector Mendoza, Los Angeles Police Dept. vs Kyle Ferrari, Alhambra Police Dept.
John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. vs AJ Forestiere, Madera Police Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP vs Jeremy Parker, CDCR, CSP Sac

uca boxing (15) (479x800)UCA Breakout Fighter of the Year

A fighter who steps into the ring for the first time and wins over the crowd with skill, heart and personality. One you can’t wait to see fight again.

Zachary Farris, California Highway Patrol
Michael Banks, CDCR Susanville
Brian Hoist, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept.
Kendra Hendricks, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Gracie Melendrez, Orange County Sheriff Dept
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UCA Performance of the Year

A fighter who displays exceptional skills in a near flawless performance

Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff Dept. vs Omar Romero, U.S.M.C.
Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. vs Francisco Flores, Stanislaus Sheriff Dept.

UCA Quote of the Year

“Who dat Tom…Who dat say dey wanna rumble??” Anthony Deshautelle, Alexandria Police Dept.

Most Talented Fighters Without a Title

With the talent these fighters possess it’s just a matter of time before they become a champion

IMG_9739 (640x800)Female Fighters
Savannah Stewart, Richmond Police Dept.
Shannon Herrera, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Asiah Medawar, San Bernardino Sheriff Dept.
Deirdre Fonseca, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Laura Morales, Madera Dept. of Corrections
Alice Lopez, U.S. Probation
Kat Proudfoot, 29 Palms Fire Dept.

Males Fighters
Larry Cervantes, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
DSC_7839 (498x800)David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept.
Ray Encinas, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Jorge Caamal, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Quincy Mirage, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Hector Mendoza, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Aurelio Vasquez, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Mike Barragan, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Jamaal Braithwaite Orange County Sheriff Dept.
Joshua Mejia, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept.
Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation
Guillermo Garcia, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept.
Justin Robinson, Combat Center Fire Dept.

2015 will be remembered for many remarkable moments. Fans witnessed blockbuster events, career defining championship fights as well as break out performances and the next generation of stars. Brace yourself for 2016.

Dec 2015 24

Best of 2015

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year-in-review22016 is quickly approaching, and the UCA is looking back at the best of Public Safety boxing in 2015. The UCA will announce the winners in multiple categories covering everything from the biggest fights, biggest events, best fighters, best coaches, fighters to keep an eye on, etc. on January 1, 2016

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FullSizeRender(5)The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis extended his undefeated record to 8-0 in MMA, Muay Thai and Boxing Saturday night by defeating Jose Lopez by unanimous decision at the Fresno Tower Theater MMA Event. Lewis dominated Lopez on the ground, stand up, speed, strength and athleticism. Lewis continues to stay busy and learn as he prepares to become a professional fighter in 2016.

Dec 2015 18

Lewis vs Lopez

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The FullSizeRender(4)reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis Fresno Sheriff Dept. looks to remain perfect tomorrow night at the Fresno Tower Theater MMA Event. Lewis will be squaring off with Jose Lopez, (7-0) Dog House MMA, Norwalk CA. Doors open at 6pm First fight at 7pm. At the tower Theater 815 E. Olive Ave. Fresno CA.

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(RENO, NEV.) 2016 Olympic Trials Champions

108 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas

114 lbs: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla.IMG_9903

123 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J.

141 lbs: Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md.

152 lbs: Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa.

165 lbs: Charles Conwell, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

178 lbs: Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif.

201 lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas

201+ lbs: Marlo Moore, Hayward, Calif.

The champions still must qualify internationally to earn berths on the 2016 Olympic Team. They will have three international qualifying opportunities beginning with a continental tournament in March in Buenos Aires, Argentina followed by a tournament for APB/WSB athletes and a last chance qualifier.

Dec 2015 12

Road to Rio

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DSC_1152 (2) (800x532)(RENO, NEV.) The Olympic Trials for Men’s Boxing competitors have been whittled down to two finalists in each weight division following challengers bracket championship action on  Friday night in Reno, Nev. The winners advance on to Saturday’s finals where they will face the winners bracket champions at the Reno Events Center.

 

Olympic Trials Men’s Boxing Results – Friday 12/11/15

108 lbs/challengers bracket: Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., dec. Pablo Ramirez, Westlaco, Texas, 2-1

114 lbs/challengers bracket: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla., won on TKO over Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J., TKO-2

123 lbs/challengers bracket: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., dec. Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif.,        3-0

132 lbs/challengers bracket: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga., dec. Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0

141 lbs/challengers bracket: Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Rahim Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif., 3-0

152 lbs/challengers bracket: Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Penn., dec. Brian Ceballo, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2-1

165 lbs/challengers bracket: Leshawn Rodriquez, Medford, N.Y., dec. Chordale Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2-1

178 lbs/challengers bracket: Elvis Figueroa, New Haven, Conn., dec. Joseph George, Houston, Texas, 3-0

201 lbs/challengers bracket: Derae Crane, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo., 2-1

201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Brandon Lynch, Albany, N.Y., won on medical disqualification over  Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa., DQ

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IMG_0386UCA 2nd ranked Sean Johnson, (11-1) CDCR, PVSP picked up another win Saturday night at the Guns & Hoses Boxing event held at the Rabo Bank Arena.  Johnson made quick work of Wayne Rivera,(1-1) CDCR NKSP stopping him in the very first round.

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FullSizeRenderReno is ready to greet the nation’s best amateur boxers to see who will have a chance to represent the United States at next summer’s Olympics in Brazil. Sixty-nine athletes will be competing in nine weight classes for a spot on Team USA beginning December 7 with the finals set December 11 and 12 at Reno Events Center. It’s a double-elimination tournament so an off-night will not end someone’s dream. Reno Events Center, 400 N Center St. Reno, NV.

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FullSizeRender (2)Deputy Gerardo A. Pachuca
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Nickname: Kid Maravilla
Fighting weight: 180
Age: 50

Nov 2015 22

FullSizeRender(6)Canelo Alvarez pounded his way to a decision victory over Miguel Cotto in a hard-fought battle Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to win the WBC middleweight title Alvarez landed 155 of 484 punches thrown (32 percent), and Cotto landed 129 of 629 thrown (21 percent). By defeating Cotto and capturing the WBC belt, Alvarez must face interim titleholder Gennady Golovkin in his next fight. “I’m not afraid of any fighter. GGG is a great fighter, and he is my friend,” Alvarez said. “I have respect for him, but if we do fight, it’s going to be at my [natural] weight class [of 155 pounds]. I’m the champion. I don’t have to do what he wants. With all due respect, if he wants to fight right now, I’ll put the gloves on and fight him.”

Nov 2015 21

IMG_9649Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are set for their middleweight championship showdown tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas which will air on HBO pay-per-view at 6pm.

Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) 34, 153.5lbs, 5’7

Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) 25, 155lbs, 5’9.

12- round Middleweight Championship

Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KO) vs  Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KO) 10-round featherweights.
Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO) vs Drian Francisco (28-3-1, 22 KO) 10-round super bantamweights.
Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KO) vs Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KO) 12-round super featherweights.

Nov 2015 20

The highly anticipated rematch between UCA 2nd ranked Josh Webb, Calif Highway Patrol and Hernan Coronel, Caballero’s Gym has been canceled. Webb and Coronel were set to meet Saturday November 21, 2015 in the main event on Caballero’s USA boxing card in Sacramento.

Nov 2015 18

DSC_1139On Saturday November 21, 2015 Josh Webb, CHP looks to avenge his only loss against Hernan Coronel, Caballero’s Gym. Webb was defeated by Coronel June 13, 2015 via 3rd TKO. After suffering his first defeat Webb bounced back with a big win over previously undefeated Jeremy Parker, CDCR in a Fight of the Night performance. Despite losing his unbeaten record, Webb still remains a high-profile name as the UCA 2nd ranked Super Cruiserweight in California. Webb is hungry and determined to prove he has what it takes to win. Will it be repeat or revenge? Find out Saturday November 21, 2015 at Caballero’s USA Boxing Event 35 Quinta Ct, Sacramento. Fights start at 1pm Tickets $20.00.

Nov 2015 14

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Bout 1 (154lbs) Nestor Escobar, LAPD Hollywood Division vs Marc Maroquin, LASD Transportation Services. Maroquin winner by decision

Bout 2 (215lbs) Jose Solorzano, LAPD Newton Division vs Andrew Hernandez, LASD East LA Station. Hernandez winner by decision.

Bout 3 (205lbs) Steve Johnson, LAPD Office of Operations vs Ryan Parker, LASD Forensic ID Specialist. Parker winner 1st rd TKO.

Bout 4 (160lbs) Quincy Mirage, LAPD Communications Division vs Che Parker, LASD Inmate Services Bureau. Mirage winner by decision.

Bout 5 (185lbs) Mike Delrey, LAPD Hollywood Division vs Remin Pineda, LASD East LA Station. Pineda winner by decision.

Nov 2015 07

FullSizeRender(15)The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis improved to 7-0 Friday night. Lewis made quick work of previously unbeaten Johnny Dixon securing an arm-bar submission in the first round. Lewis continues to steamroll over the competition, staying busy gaining as much experience as he can before turning pro next year.

Nov 2015 05

FullSizeRender(14)The UCA undefeated Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriffs Dept will be featured in Friday night’s 559 Fights amateur mma main event. Lewis and his opponent Johnny Dixon, hit the scales this evening to make their bout official. The fight takes place Friday November 6, 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel in Visalia, CA. Doors open at 6pm first fight at 7pm.

Nov 2015 04

Travon-Taylor-2One on One with the UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor – Orange County Sheriff’s Department

It has been said once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?

I definitely feel that I’m better mentally. I’m becoming a smarter fighter. I enjoy the mental aspect of boxing. I like the idea of outsmarting my opponent and controlling the fight from start to finish. My objective every time is to be the ring general. I want to be the puzzle that no one can solve. Cali King

Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and everyone is gunning for you?

Yes I do but not necessarily because I have others gunning for me, but because I want to put on the best performance possible every time I step into the ring. I don’t train to win, I train to dominate.

If you could call anyone out to test your skills against who would it be?

Brian Stevens. The UCA Cruiserweight champion. I’d love the opportunity to rematch with him. He is a great fighter and champion and has been for a while.

In all of the divisions is there anyone you would not want to fight due to their style, power, height, or speed.

There is no one I’d duck or dodge. I’d take on anyone who feels they can take on the champ. That’s the true definition of a champion.

When will you be back in the ring?

Looking at early to mid 2016.

Nov 2015 01

Megafights

Too often in boxing, fights that the fans want to see get left unmade due to politics, money, or promoters. Over the past six years the UCA has made giant strides giving the fans and the fighters the matchups they want. As the 2016 boxing season approaches there appears to be an increasing possibility of some UCA dream fights coming to fruition. Here are a list of the ten biggest fights of 2016.

1. Brian Stevens, LASD vs Guillermo Garcia, LAPD. UCA Cruiserweight Championship

2. Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept vs Larry Cervantes, LASD. UCA Jr Welterweight Championship

3. Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept vs Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. UCA Jr Middleweight Championship

4. Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept vs Justin Robinson, Combat Center Fire Dept. UCA Super Heavyweight Championship

5. Alan Rojas, LASD vs Josh Webb, CHP. UCA Super Cruiserweight Championship

6. Mike Frazier, LASD vs Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow Police Dept. UCA Heavyweight Championship

7. Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs Dennis Burgos, NYPD. UCA Middleweight Championship

8. DJ Vargas, Hanford Police Dept vs Hector Mendoza, LAPD. UCA Super Middleweight Championship

9. Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept vs Mike Hernandez, LASD. UCA Light Heavyweight Championship

10. Ray Encinas, LAPD vs David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept. UCA Welterweight Championship

Oct 2015 21

Frazier-ClearOne on One with the UCA Heavyweight Champion Mike Frazier – Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

It has been said once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?

Despite not training and fighting for some time now, I still feel I am much better fighter. For several years, I trained with some of the best fighters in law enforcement and have one of the best coaches (Retired Sgt. Mike Young)

Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and everyone is gunning for you?FFL2011 (4)

This is a tough question. As it pertains to training, aside from spending time with my family and my demanding work schedule, I never had the opportunity to train as hard as I would like to. I usually train just enough to get the job done.

If you could call anyone out to test your skills against who would it be?

I would not call any fighters out, but if someone wanted a shot at beating the champ, it would be too hard to turn a fight down. Especially, if the fighter is an up and coming future or former UCA champ or on my department (LASD).

When will you be back in the ring?

That is only a question I could answer after I start training. Right now I am a bit rusty.

Oct 2015 19

There are many different trails and many different paths you can take to get to the top of a mountain. The sport of mixed martial arts is my mountain and I know I will climb this mountain. Every fighter has the same goal of reaching the gold up at the top. But I feel like I go about it different than most. Most fighters these days want to get to the big show by fighting bums and padding their record so that they look good on paper. Most fighters zig zag their way all the way up the mountain avoiding all other TOP LEVEL CONTENDERS. They wanna fight “tomato cans.” Everyone wants to be a champion but they want to win a belt by fighting nobodies and take the “safe route.” What’s the point of being a champion if you really haven’t fought the BEST? If you believe in your own greatness then screw everything else, screw zigzagging, screw taking the easy route. I don’t fear other fighters cause I truly BELIEVE that when I step into the cage I’m GOING TO WIN. If you have to zig zag then you know in your heart that you’re not the best. My mind is my strongest weapon and I have never doubted myself when it comes to fighting so I say screw it, I’m climbing this bitch and I’m gonna throw every contender off the mountain on my way up. – Kyle Stewart

Oct 2015 17

brent bugarin new (293) (636x800)One on One with the UCA Welterweight Champion Brent Bugarin – Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department

It has been said once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?

I believe that when you become a champion you do become a better fighter. In order to become a champion, not only do you have to learn more about the sport itself, but also more about who you are as an athlete– mentally, physical, spiritually. The lessons you learn and the sacrifices you have to endure throughout your road in becoming a champion is far greater than any other journey.

During this road in becoming a champion is where you are continuously learning. This process is what molds you as a fighter because you constantly build your repertoire. You fine tune your strengths, you learn new skills, you change your bad habits, and you improve your weaknesses. It is not always about the prize you get at the end of the road, but the experiences you learn throughout your journey to finally get there.

Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and everyone is gunning for you?

Regardless of what anyone says, YES, you do have to work out and train harder now that you are a champion. Remember who you were BEFORE you became a champion? No one knew you or cared about you.  All you wanted to do was become that next champion, the guy on the poster, the guy who gets to fight the main event. So in order to be that guy, what did you have to do? Remember how that felt? Remember how hard you worked? How great did it feel to be named a champion?

For those champions, now you know how it feels to be a champion, but don’t forget all those other guys you DON’T know about or care about. Those guys are the ones that want to be the next champion, who want to be on the poster, who want to fight the main event– don’t forget that you used to be in their shoes; you were that guy. Just remember and understand that they are going through the same thing you put yourself through during your journey. The pressure is on the champion now not to lose because everyone wants to see the underdog succeed.

If you could call anyone out to test your skills against who would it be? Pro, UCA fighter or UCA champion

In the pros….. Mayweather. Not to test my skills, but to get PAID.

In the UCA, I would like to try out the 140 pound division. I felt more powerful and a lot faster as I began to lose weight during some previous training camps. I think the 140 pound division would be fun and interesting. I fought most of my previous fights between 143-145 pounds anyway, so losing a few more LBs wouldn’t hurt.

In all of thSAC BOTB 10 06 2012 4e divisions is there anyone you would not want to fight due to their style, power, height, speed, etc?

Master’s Division: UCA Hall of Famer Tom Gaffney. His smile is intimidating and infectious.

The former UCA Light Heavyweight: Matthew Wurdinger, Santa Clara Police Dept. He and I went to the same academy during the same time. During the academy, we had a use of force training day and boxing was implemented in it. The training officers put me up with him knowing how much amateur level boxing skills he already had and at the time, I had none. It was one minute on offense, one minute on defense, and one minute freestyle. Let’s just say, I learned a lot about boxing from Matthew during that experience.

When will you be back in the ring?

To be conitnued……………

Oct 2015 15

lewisThe UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriffs Dept competed in his 2nd mma fight Sunday October 11, 2015 at the Fresno Fair. Lewis squared off with Kenosha Saunders from Joe Stevenson’s Cobra Kai. Lewis made quick work of Saunders forcing him to tap at 1:30 of the first round due to an arm-bar. Lewis brings his record to 6-0, Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai.

Oct 2015 13

imageOne on One with the UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian – Madera Police Department

It has been said once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?

I believe in my abilities with or without a belt. There is certainly something to be said about the confidence having a title brings to a fighter. I try not to dwell on that however. I only focus on the fight and what needs to be done to win.

Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and everyone is gunning for you?.

No. I don’t have to train any differently. I train extremely hard and always put in 100% in training camp. I do what is necessary. I don’t take short cuts and I take this sport very seriously. Anyone that doesn’t is a fool. You don’t play boxing. I am a confident person and a confident champion. This confidence is not derived from the belt around my waist but by the blood and sweat I leave in the ring during training camp. I train oFullSizeRender(12)ut of the Thrive training center in Fresno with renowned trainers Bryan Williams and Trinidad Valdez. I am very fortunate to have these men in my corner. Being in this gym I have access to top undefeated professional boxers who I look to for guidance in our chosen sport. I am also very thankful to Robert Minerva for all the help he gives me in preparing me for my fights and inspiring me to be my best. Without these men, I would not be the champion of my division. All three have taken me to the top and I know they are willing to make me do whatever is necessary to stay on top.

 If you could call anyone out to test your skills against who would it be?

The person I want to fight in my next fight is the UCA # 1 ranked junior welterweight, Larry Cervantes, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.

When will you be back in the ring?

God willing Larry and I can meet in the ring at the Central California Battle of the Badges in April 2016.

Oct 2015 11

Gladiator-UCABrent Farris – Butte County Probation

UCA Gladiator Award Winner – Battle of the Badges
April 11, 2015 Hanford, CA

One who is greatly admired for bravery and courage.  A fighter that projects strength resolve, and humility. One who is tested and proven they are a true modern day gladiator.

 

Oct 2015 08

Chris Lewis-clear copyOne on One with the UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis – Fresno Sheriff’s Department

It has been said once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?

I do not believe that being a champion has anything to do with me becoming a better fighter. A belt is just an award that shows as a fighter you have accomplished something in the PAST. The minute my last championship fight was over it was old news because someone else is coming for it and I have to be ready for the next challenge. It is what you do to earn that belt and what you do after you have attained it that proves your metal as a competitor. I will say this though since I have become a champion I take my fights more personal. I put myself in a mindset that my opponent is trying to steal my wallet, I am offended and disgusted that someone would dare to try and strip me of it. It is my belt until I decide to relinquish it. If anything, I would say being a champion gives me more motivation. My trainers Pat Roberts, Jasper Tayaba, and Apolonio “T” Fernandez get all the credit for making me a better fighter physically and mentally. We have a road map of where we as a team are going, I absorb the lessons taught to me by my coaches so I can execute our plan. My trainers have put a lot of time and effort into molding me as a fighter. My coaches have a plethora of expertise when it comes to martial arts I just shut up and listen. Thus far everything they have coached me on has worked considering I have a 5-0 combined record in MMA, Muay Thai, and, Boxing. I feel it is disrespectful to my coaches for me to be lazy and not work hard when I step in the gym. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my coaches with bad performances or them having to pick me up off of the ground because I didn’t follow instructions. Pat makes it very clear that when we show up somewhere we have fun but above all we are there to Win!

Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and everyone is gunning for you?

My parents James and Karen Lewis instilled work ethic in me. They made sure I knew that I had to work for everything I wanted and nothing good comes easy. I train 7 days a week. I usually hit the weights 3 days a week with my Girlfriend, “Swolemate”, and Chef Paula Gonzales. She pushes me in the gym and makes sure I am eating right year round to fuel me for my work schedule, workouts, and fights. My brother Donavon Lewis also hits the weights with me sometimes but he motivates me to work hard because if I lose he is going to let me know about it! I think the biggest reason I work hard is because   I’m not training for the guys gunning for me. I am training for the guys that I am gunning for. I have high aspirations for what I want to accomplish in the ring and cage. I do want to fight professionally and in those levels there are some real killers, I am training to face those guys and see if I can hold my own against them. Luckily for me I am not even the best fighter in my gym which is Buhawe Fighting Alliance. Jasper has a cult following when it comes to training fighters. If he says it you do it! It is that simple. He has trained every high level guy at AKA San Jose and If you go there you will see a huge picture of him on the wall in the main training room. Jasper and Ming Vang push my stablemates and I hard in the gym. I get to spar with Nathan Roberts, Jermaine McDermott, Granson Clark, Brandon “Money” Cash, John “The Icon” Elias, Mike “ El Palo Duro” Moreno, Lavar “Big” Johnson, Andrew Nguyen, Gerardo Serrano, Jesse “The Outlaw” James, Steven Bolinger, Thomas Dozier, Long Vang, Clifford Passmore, Murphy Sean, Marc Julian, Sandy Serrano, Alyssa why, Melisa Reyna, Natasha Galarza, Day Day Davis, and Jane Banks on a weekly basis. Not to mention I go to Thrive Training Center and work with some very talented boxers and coaches there. I go to Dethrone base camp and get work in with those guys some time as well. I have even been to AKA San Jose and sparred with Cain Velasquez. I am blessed with the amount of knowledge passed on to me by my coaches. I am blessed with the quality of fighters I get to spar with in my gym.

If you could call anyone out to test your skills against who would it be?

The UCA fighters I have already “called out” and tried to set up fights with were Bryan Williams, Mike Carnell, and Mike Gomez.  I wanted to have a match with Bryan Williams because he is THE heavyweight boxer in the Central Valley. Every time the subject of the heavyweight boxing scene is brought up, the first thing out of people’s mouths is “Do you know Bryan Williams?” I feel like when heavyweights in California are brought up I should be included in the conversation. I felt Bryan needed to pass the torch and the only way to make that happen was to have a bout with him. That being said Bryan has also helped me prepare for previous fights and has got me good sparring partners, he is an excellent coach. Coach B has also made it very clear that he will help me any way he can so I definitely appreciate that. I honestly can’t say enough about the kind of guy he is. I just thought it would be fun to get in there and mix it up with the UCA Masters Heavyweight Champ. I love and respect Coach B.

I wanted to have a match with Mike Carnell because we went to the same high school. I am a bit younger than him and I am actually pretty close to his twin younger brothers. For a long time there has been an ongoing debate at our barbershop about who would win in a boxing match and neither one of us is going to say another man is better without actually fighting.  Mike can’t fight for the UCA belt because he is not law enforcement even though he has fought in a few public safety events. Instead of an actual fight I visited his gym and got some good sparring with him recently. We got good work in and we both learned from the session. Mike is a great boxer but his passion is actually coaching. He is currently learning the ins and outs of coaching by assisting Coach B with his fighters. Mike has offered to assist me with training and he will spar with me whenever I need to get some rounds in. That goes to show what kind of guy he is. I have known Mike for a long time and thought it would be fun for all the mutual people we know to watch us in match. I appreciate Mike’s help and the coaching points he has given me.

The only real “Caphoto(30)ll Out” I have on this list is Mike Gomez. I was supposed to fight Mike Gomez for the title last October. A week before the fight I was hearing things from very good sources that he was bragging about sparring Ten 3 minute rounds and he was ready to go. Then 3 days before the fight he backed out because he had high blood pressure (because he was scared). I’m 260 pounds my blood pressure is high sometimes too. Especially considering Mike and I are both Correctional Officers, high blood pressure is part of the job. If it was me in that situation I would have told the Dr. to let me relax for a few minutes and recheck my blood pressure especially if I was able to spar Ten 3 minute rounds a few days prior. I wound up fighting Zeke Johnston after he only had 48 hour notice. Zeke wasn’t training and he definitely was not in a fight camp like Mike Gomez and I were supposed to be. Zeke is a hell of a guy and a hell of a fighter I appreciate him stepping in and he came to fight. The reason Mike Gomez is getting called out is when I watched Zeke and I fight on Zeke’s YouTube channel ZEKEFTBLL at 6:45 Mike called me a name. The video is titled Round 3 Johnston vs. Lewis if anyone is interested. I want him to prove that what he said about me is true. Supposedly, he is a black belt in Tae Bo or something like that. If he ever decides to step in the ring or cage with me I am going to make that belt change colors real quick.

In all of the divisions is there anyone you would not want to fight due to their style, power, height, speed, etc?

Yeah I will not mess with Shant Sheklanian and DJ Vargas alone. Shant is too fast, very technical, and he’s mean. Shant has no qualms about trying to take your head off. DJ’s foot work is ridiculous and he makes guys look stupid. The first time I saw DJ fight I thought I was watching Manny Pacquiao or Yuriorkis Gamboa. As far as the bigger guys in the UCA like the light heavy or heavy weight champ they should come up and can unify all the belts. Id cut down a bit to 245 to make it happen, Even though it’s just boxing and we do wear head gear. The 130 pound guys at my gym spar me all the time as well as the female fighters. Just saying

When will you be back in the ring?

Since the Hanford Battle of the Badges in April I have been busy. I was supposed to fight in June but that opponent has the Mike Gomez syndrome (he no showed). I fought for the 559 Fights MMA promotion in July; I won via first round submission. I am currently entered to fight in the 559 fights/CAMO heavyweight state tournament.  The tournament is 3 rounds, if I win my fight I advance to the next event.  My first fight in the tournament will take place Oct 11th at the Fresno fair. The second fight will be Nov 6th at the Visalia Holiday Inn. The championship fight will be Dec 19th at the Fresno Tower Theater. After December my Coaches Jasper or T will set something up for me. I’ll fight in the Hanford Battle of the Badges in April where I will prove once again that I am the Baddest Law enforcement Officer in the Nation in the square circle! Then maybe a Pro Debut who knows?

Oct 2015 06

Fighters Wanted

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UCA Championship Boxing returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium April 9, 2016 for the Central California Battle of the Badges 3. Fighters interested in competing sign up now.

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