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The UCA Super Middleweight titleholder Quincy Mirage, LAPD will make his mandatory title defense against undefeated #4 Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison on April 8, 2017 in Hanford, CA. Both fighters are hungry and ready to get at each other. This fight could be very violent and brief. Get your tickets now to the Battle of the Badges Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets start at $30 General Admission and $50 reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm.
The #1 ranked Welterweight and UCA title challenger David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept recently released his first book Time Tested Tips on All Things Boxing. Learn new tricks techniques and strategies from coach David. Available for purchase on Amazon.
Coach David Tips on Coaching, Technique, and Training
Authored by David Joseph Bermudez
Edited by Albert Pinto, Dana Wilson
Have you ever wanted a blueprint to begin your journey in the sport of boxing? Do you have a desire to become a better boxing coach? In David’s time tested tips in all things boxing, you will learn the best ways to approach training, learn technique, and coach the sweet science. With over ten years of coaching and competing, David sheds light on over fifty boxing tips that will improve your boxing IQ.
David is a two time Collegiate Boxing All American and a Western Police and Fire games silver medalist. David is an active competitor for the United Combat Association (UCA), an amateur boxing league of Police, Fire, and Military service men and women.
In the ten years David has been involved in the sport, he has trained several amateur and professional fighters. David has an immense passion for coaching and writing about the sweet science.
The United Combat Association is pleased to announce the 4th Annual UCA Central California Battle of the Badges on April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA. We will be celebrating 4 Years of UCA Battle of the Badges competition and we want you to be a part of the celebration. With 12 bouts scheduled, great food, bar, music, intermission entertainment and more there is something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get a ringside seat! Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets start at $30 General admission $50 reserved Ringside.
The UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. has never shied away from tough competition. April 8, 2017 will be no different. Sheklanian will defend his title against West Virginia’s best BJ Adkins, Raleigh SD. Sheklanian has a resume that justifies the hype. He is an extremely well-rounded boxer-puncher with fight-ending power in both hands. Sheklanian quickly established himself as the best jr welterweight by beating the former undefeated (6-1) Taron Scott, CDCR, CYA. Shant would follow that up by defeating the UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD and taking his title. Sheklanian is once again ready to show why his record is unblemished and he is the best in the nation. Will the champ make it 7 in a row or will Adkins take the belt back to West Virginia? Don’t miss it! Tickets are on sale now for the Central California Battle of the Badges, Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. General Admission $30, Reserved Ringside $50. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fallen Officers Resource Fund, the Hanford Police Athletic League and the Hanford Police Dept Explorers Program.
2016 brought some very exciting moments to public safety boxing. The year was a true test of endurance as fighters traveled from different states to compete against the best in the country. It was a busy year with many surprises. New champions were crowned and heartbreak was felt. The fighters reminded us all that you never give up because until the final bell rings everything can change. The year brought some very exciting moments in UCA boxing. Let’s take a look back at what made 2016 a memorable year.
UCA Promoter of the Year – Jeff Penn, SoCal Battle of the Badges
One who is respected and experienced in putting together the biggest fights with the biggest names. A production that can be compared to professional boxing event. Events that are held in fan friendly venues and everyone is guaranteed a good time.
UCA Event of the Year – SoCal Battle of the Badges, Pacific Palms Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Some of the biggest names competed in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at the beautiful Pacific Palms Hotel, Los Angeles. 5 UCA Championship title fights saw 3 new champions crowned along with an action packed under-card. Fund raising efforts benefited the Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. The Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club, Perris Valley Thai Boxing and Cops 4 Kids & Communities.
UCA Fighter of the Year – Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept. First 2 Division Champion (Welterweight & Jr Middleweight)
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.
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 the most important one.
Jorge Gonzalez – Coach of the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD, the UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD, and the former UCA Middleweight Champion Hector Mendoza, LAPD
Arvin Jugarap – Coach of the UCA 2 Division undefeated Jr Middleweight Champion Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept.
Vance Bejarano – Coach of the UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Nasser Niavaroni – Coach of the Masters UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Chuck Pfau, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.
Sparky McDuffie – Coach of the Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion James Moore, Monroe Louisiana Fire Dept.
Steve Salas – Coach of the UCA Middleweight Champion Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept.
Robert Espinosa -Coach of the UCA Welterweight Champion Asiah Medawar, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
UCA Biggest Most Memorable Fights of 2016
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.
James Moore, Monroe Louisiana FD defeated Michael Banks, CDCR CCC to become the first out of state (Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion) UCA Champion. Central California Battle of the Badges 4-9-16 Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA.
Travis Clark, Stockton PD defeated Hector Mendoza, LAPD to win the UCA Middleweight title and become the first fighter to win a UCA title in his 2nd fight. SoCal Battle of the Badges 10-1-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD defeated the former reigning and defending UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD by decision to become the first 2 division (Welterweight & Jr Middleweight) UCA Champion. SoCal Battle of the Badges 10-1-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
Alan Rojas, LASD defeated one of the most feared and talked about fighters in Chris Barrios, LASD. Rojas would stop Barrios in the 2nd round to become the undisputed, undefeated, reigning and defending UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion and end Barrios 10 fight undefeated winning streak. LA Battle of the Badges 5-20-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
2016 Fighters Who Received the Highest Public Safety Boxing Honor
And The New UCA Champion
Brent Bugarin, SCSD, UCA Jr Middleweight (10-1-16)
Mike Delery, LAPD, UCA Welterweight Champion
Hector Mendoza, LAPD, UCA Middleweight Champion (4-9-16)
Travis Clark, Stockton PD, UCA Middleweight Champion (10-1-16)
Quincy Mirage, LASD, UCA Super Middleweight Champion
Chuck Pfau, Sacramento SD, Masters UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion
James Moore, Monroe Louisiana FD, Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion
Sean Johnson. CDCR, Kern Valley State Prison
And Still UCA Champion
Travon Taylor, OCSD UCA Light Heavyweight Champion
Brian Stevens, LASD UCA Cruiserweight Champion
Alan Rojas, LASD UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion
Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison vs Martin Gutierrez, Lemoore Police Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP vs Jeremy Parker, CDCR, CSP Sac
Mike Delery, LAPD vs David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD
Hector Mendoza, LAPD vs Remin Pineda, LASD
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.
Mike Valle – CDCR Pleasant Valley State Prison
Nate Webb – U.S. Navy
Tyler Kiest – CDCR Blythe
Cody Anderson – Rincon Fire Dept.
Eddie Duran – Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Fighters to Keep an Eye On
Denise Guerrero – San Bernardino Police Dept.
Guillermo Garcia, LAPD
Alberto DeLeon – CDCR Blythe
Mike Ortiz – U.S. Army
Devon Dejoie – U.S. Navy
Jon Byun – LAPD
Rafael DeLeon – U.S. Border Patrol
Daniel Rosales – LAPD
William Adams – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept
Gilbert Galvan – U.S. Army
Richard Rodriguez – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Elijah Vidal – U.S.M.C.
Jonathon Alvarez – New York Police Dept.
Austin Tull – Shreveport Louisiana Fire Department
Joe Slouka – Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Joey Valencia – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Chris Seelig – Rialto Police Dept.
Anthony Deshautelle – Alexandria Louisiana Police Dept.
Alex Duran – U. S. Border Patrol
Claudio Gutierrez – LAPD
Christian Pharo – San Diego Fire Dept.
Jonathon Roberts – Natchitoches Louisiana Police Dept.
Deserves a Title Shot
Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD
Dennis Burgos, New York Police Dept.
Henry Sanchez – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP
Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation
A fighter who enters a contest a considerable favorite and is defeated by a less experienced, unknown or unranked fighter.
(3) Mike Delery, LAPD defeated (1) David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD to win the UCA Welterweight Title.
(3) Remin Pineda, LASD defeated (1) Hector Mendoza, LAPD
Brian Stevens, LASD made his 3rd title defense by defeating Guillermo Garcia, LAPD
UCA Announcer of the Year – Carlton Jones, Fresno City Fire Dept.
UCA DJ of the Year – DJ Prince
UCA Photographer of the Year – Ray Delgado and Chris Adkins
UCA Videographer of the Year – Fernando Vargas
UCA Boxing Gym of the Year – City of Angels, Los Angeles, CA
UCA Sponsor of the Year – Sabas Fightgear
2017 UCA Dream Title Fights
Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD vs BJ Adkins, (West Virginia) Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. (UCA Jr Welterweight Championship)
Mike Delery, LAPD vs Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. (UCA Welterweight Championship)
David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD vs Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD (UCA Jr Middleweight Championship)
Travis Clark, Stockton PD vs DJ Vargas, Hanford PD (UCA Middleweight Championship)
Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs Mike Valle, CDCR Pleasant Valley Prison (UCA Super Middleweight Championship)
Chuck Pfau, Sacramento County SD vs Chip Stevens, Monroe Louisiana FD (UCA Jr Cruiserweight Championship)
Alan Rojas, LASD vs Josh Webb, CHP (UCA Super Cruiserweight Championship)
Mike Frazier, LASD vs Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation (UCA Heavyweight Championship)
Jaboy Leomitti, LASD vs Carlos Rosas, LAPD (UCA Super Heavyweight Championship)
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD is dropping to 140lbs to pick up his 3rd title.
Quincy Mirage, LAPD is moving up to the (175lbs) Light Heavyweight Division to capture his 2nd title.
The former #1 ranked UCA Title Challenger Jamaal Braithwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. will make his return to the ring.
The former undefeated reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. will make his professional boxing debut
As another year on the boxing calendar draws to a close, 2016 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable years in the history of public safety boxing. The talent pool continues to grow and 2017 promises to be a year full of great fights. Title fight contracts are being drawn up for some great super fights between the best fighters in the country. See you in the New Year.
Fighters who are excited about getting in the ring and trading leather still fear losing and getting hit. The cruel reality of boxing is that you are going to get hit. Fighters often get nervous and start feeling negative (due to pressure of performing their best, not losing). Whether it’s your first fight or tenth fight, the nerves, and the anxiety is tough to control. You beat yourself up before your adversary even gets to you. You must be able to concentrate on the positive. The more you concentrate on your abilities and how prepared you are will give you the confidence you need to perform at your best. You can’t influence how your rival performs, you can just influence how YOU perform. So concentrate on yourself. Quit sizing up different fighters, and comparing your skills and record with them. Believe in your training and your abilities and don’t let anxiety prevent you from achieving your goals.
Cus D’Amato, the renowned coach of champions Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson and others, once said, “The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”
To become an instant prospect or labeled a future champion requires skill, polished fundamentals, endurance and extreme mental toughness and durability. Why do few fighters end up title holders while others resign without reaching their goal. As a fighter if you’ve been preparing sufficiently long, you may understand there’s no measure of preparing that will ever give you a certain outcome. Though boxing is about speed, agility, finesse, power, endurance but it is also about confidence and having the correct attitude. To push yourself to the position of a future champion you need to consider yourself special, while in the ring. This might sound overconfident It’s the right attitude to focus on yourself and your abilities. You came to boxing to be a fighter. Be a warrior and test yourself against all odds.
Greatness is often defined by special accomplishments, unique characteristics, determination and talent. These fighters possess all those traits. The only one thing missing from their resume—is a UCA Championship Title. So without further ado, here are the Top 15 best fighters next in line to hold a UCA belt.
2. Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation Record: 4-0 notable win over Nate Webb, Navy.
3. Chip Stevens, Monroe Louisiana FD, Record 10-2 notable win over Scott Mudder, Shreveport Police Dept.
4. Manny Amaya, LASD notable wins over Bert Castaneda, LAPD & David Apodaca, LASD
6. Jorge Caamal, LASD 3X Police Olympic Gold Medalist notable wins over David Bermudez, East Bay Reg. Parks PD & Ivan Guillermo, LAPD.
7. Remin Pineda, LASD, Record 7-3 notable wins over the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD, Brian Petrella, Pasadena PD & Chris Andrade, LAPD
8. Dennis Burgos, NYPD notable wins over the UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD, Brandon Manning, LASD, & Brian Petrella Pasadena PD
10. Anthony Deshautelle, Alexandria Louisiana PD, notable wins over the former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Lamon Brewster, Roger Englelhardt, St Louis Metro PD and the Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion JR Moore, Monroe, Louisiana FD
11. Henry Sanchez, San Bernardino SD, notable wins over Miguel Mejia, LAPD and Alex Duran, U.S. Border Patrol
13. Savannah Stewart, Richmond Police Department Record 10-2.
14. Joseph Flahavan, Glendale FD Record 3-0 notable wins over Jose Corral, LASD & Erik Ramirez, LASD
15. Larry Cervantes, LASD record 3-0 notable wins over Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD, Daniel Ramirez, LAPD
There is no off season for the Masters UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Chuck Pfau, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept. Pfau knows the real challenge isn’t getting to the top it’s finding the motivation to stay there once you arrive. Pfau will make his return to the ring Saturday April 8, 2017 on the Central California Battle of the Badges card at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Even though the fight is 6 months away, Pfau is in the gym staying ready for whoever he faces.
On Saturday October 1, 2016 Pacific Palms Resort and Hotel played host to the SoCal Battle of the Badges. As soon as this event was announced it got a lot of hype. Fans from all over California packed into the Pacific Palms Ballroom to be a part of the biggest event of the year. The fighters did their part to keep the fans excited with nonstop action, swings of momentum and huge upsets. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. The Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club, Perris Valley Thai Boxing and Cops4Kids & Communities.
The first fight of the night featured – Eddie “El Matador” Duran-Orange County SD vs. Jerrod “All Day” Jones-USMC (165lbs)
Getting this night’s event started, Jerrod “All Day” Jones, USMC ran out of the gate and bull rushed his opponent, Eddie “El Matador” Duran, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. Wasting no time, Jones aggressively attacked Duran’s body. He would change stances and levels, and repeatedly caught Duran on the head. He kept stunning Duran, forcing the referee to call three standing 8-counts for Duran by mid-2nd round. “All Day” looked to make it a short day as he pressed on and pounded on the “Matador”, who was up against the ropes early on.
Just when everyone thought that this fight was over and would be called off in Jones’ favor, the ref let it go on as Duran courageously chose to continue. With his faculties back intact, Duran fought on. He came back, popped out his jab, and caught Jones with a nice right hand and left hook. Jones tried to tie Duran up, but ended up falling to a knee in the process. Jones would then get back up to beat the ref’s count. The crowd then erupted. A great fight had broken out! Duran was now coming after Jones. He was turning the tide with a sustained barrage of punches upstairs and downstairs. His conditioning was excellent and his heart was tremendous. When Jones would not answer back to Duran’s attack, he was given a standing 8-count of his own. In the closing seconds of the fight, both fighters stepped on the gas pedal; both giving and taking punches. But Duran seemed to have the heavier foot and the most in the tank. In what was both of their ring debuts, these fighters would start off this card with an early Fight of The Night candidate. What a great back-and-forth battle! In a close Decision Win, Duran would get the victory.
The first title fight of the night featured Brent Bugarin-Santa Clara SD vs. Dustin Rodriguez-Santa Monica FD, for Rodriguez UCA Jr Middleweight (154lbs) Title.
Moving up in weight from 140 to 154, Brent Bugarin was now set to face the current UCA Jr Middleweight champion, Dustin “Dusty” Rodriguez. Both fighters agreed on having Dusty fill in for this fight on short notice after Bugarin’s opponent fell out of their scheduled Eliminator fight at 140lbs. As all fighters know, moving up and/or down in weight is something not to be taken lightly. It can really affect a fighter’s strength, speed, & stamina. And it can also impact a fighter’s power and their ability to be able to take another fighter’s power. The biggest question going into this fight was, how would going up in weight affect Bugarin while fighting against a naturally bigger man in Rodriguez? Well, the public safety amateur boxing circuit got its answer on this night.
Coming in well beneath the limit of 154lbs, Bugarin was very nimble and light on his feet. He was able to quickly get in and get out of the range of the bigger, slower Rodriguez. Not only was he fleet of foot, but Bugarin also flashed some really great hand speed. He landed quick, crisp punch combinations that seemed to surprise and frustrate Rodriguez. But Rodriguez would also have his moments in the fight. At times he used his advantage in height, reach, & power to keep Bugarin at bay. He used a long, stiff jab to set up powerful left hooks and right hands. And at times, he was able to catch and counter the speedy Bugarin with right hands while flashing a Philly Shell defense. The skill displayed by both fighters was very apparent. But as the old axiom in sports suggests, Speed Kills. Bugarin was quicker to the punch and kept catching Rodriguez with rights to the body and overhand lefts. He also used quick lateral and circular movements to get out of danger while simultaneously placing himself in a better position to punch from. Bugarin, or Bug as he’s known by his team, also fought well while fighting short. He was able to use his height disadvantage to his advantage, and ducked and rolled out of the way of Dusty’s punches with ease while staying low.
Sensing he was down on the scorecards in the final stanza, Rodriguez was looking to land that one power shot that would more than even things up. He threw a range-finding jab in hopes of timing Bugarin on his way in. He waited and waited for the perfect opportunity to land that hook or uppercut that would be the equalizer, but he never did. And whatever shots Dusty did land, Bug took them well. Bugarin was able to slip in & out and kept peppering Rodriguez with 1-2, 2-3, & 3-2 combos to close out the fight. When the Decision was read, there was a New UCA Jr Middleweight champion, and first-time UCA 2-Division champion, Brent Bugarin.
There was no feel-out period when the opening bell sounded for this fight. Making his return to the ring after a three year layoff, David Bermudez seemed anxious and eager to get the fight going. He went right after Mike Delery and caught him with an overhand right to the temple that backed him up to the corner. He quickly followed that up with a blistering combination that would drop Delery to his knees within the first five seconds of the fight. But Delery got back up right away. How Delery survived that was anyone’s guess. After an 8-count by the referee, and with his legs back up under him, Delery showed a lot of heart and now went after Bermudez. Delery would then connect with a powerful right hand that seemed to stop Bermudez’ momentum. After setting up another strong, straight right hand with the jab, Delery caught Bermudez flush to the head and made his legs buckle. He closed in on Bermudez, who had this back up against the ropes, forcing the ref to step in and give Bermudez a standing 8-count of his own. The fight was now even. Both fighters continued to give and take punches. They would go tit for tat for the rest of the match. During one exchange in the final round, an off-balance Bermudez fell going backwards. Bermudez got up quickly, and claimed to the ref that he had tripped on his own foot. But the referee ruled it a knockdown and gave Bermudez another count of 8. Bermudez just shook it off and went back to work. With a shorter reach, Bermudez would find more success by getting up close. Putting pressure on Delery, Bermudez landed hooks to the body and head on the inside. Delery would take some steps back, find his distance, and land strong 1-2’s from the outside. Delery would also spin out of danger and catch Bermudez on his way in. And at times, Delery would have to push Bermudez back off of him just to find room to breathe. What a war this fight was! Non-stop action from start to finish! Too close and very difficult to call. But when judges finally rendered a decision, there was a New UCA Welterweight champion, Mike Delery-LAPD. This match and both of its participants were also awarded with the Fight of The Night.
This fight had been in the making for the past couple of years now. Both fighters were familiar and were both well aware of each other’s skills. Their paths had finally lead them to this this same stage, on this same night, at this same time. When the 1st bell sounded, they would finally greet one another with a touch of the gloves. The champ, Brian Stevens would go right to work, landing hooks and uppercuts upstairs and downstairs on the challenger, Guillermo Garcia whenever he was in range. Garcia would find himself on the ropes early on but he managed to fight Stevens off. He fought back from a southpaw stance, using a right jab and power left hand. With a height and reach advantage, Stevens would find and use his distance to catch Garcia at the end of his punches. Stevens would step back just far enough in order to avoid Garcia’s attack of 1-2’s, and was able counter him with 1-2’s of his own. Garcia would have some success getting past Stevens’ reach, landing some jabs, straight lefts, and right hooks. He would keep stalking Stevens. But the champ would also use sneaky left hooks to the challenger’s head and rapid right uppercuts to his body to slow down his advances. Stevens would keep stepping back and countering, and would out-box the very game Guillermo Garcia on his way to a win. When the fight ended, both fighters respectfully embraced one another. They both showed class in victory and as well in defeat. The decision was then read, and Still UCA Cruiserweight champion, Brain Stevens-LASD.
There was a bit of a feel-out period at the start of this fight. Travon McMillan was clearly the taller, lankier man. He was a left handed fighter who would utilize a long right jab and left hand to keep the more compact Christian Pharo at a comfortable distance. But it wouldn’t take long for Pharo to figure out a way to close that distance. Pharo used circular movements to approach and advance in on McMillan. He also used good up and down head movement and ducked under the taller man’s punches. Pharo was now close enough to be able to deliver hard left hooks on the inside. McMillan then had to employ fast footwork to step back and spin out of trouble. Pharo would again go back to using his head movement and his jab in order find his range. And found it, he did! He caught up to McMillan and banged away at his his body and head. Once inside, Pharo threw haymakers from both sides with abandon. He lived up to his fight name of “Bam Bam”. One of those bombs would hit their mark, and would solicit an 8-count from the ref in the 3rd. But McMillan bravely fought on and continued. He took everything Pharo had unloaded on him until the final bell. The winner by Decision, Christian Pharo.
After circling one another for a few seconds, each fighter would use their jabs to introduce themselves to each other. Travon Taylor was clearly the faster, more athletic fighter. He used a quick jab to set up blistering punch combinations that would land on his approaching opponent. Travon’s feet were quick too. He was fast getting in Paxel’s range and fast getting out of it. But Paxel was then able to time Taylor. He would catch him with hard right hands and left hooks on his way in and out. He wasn’t as fleet of foot as Taylor was, but he was highly skilled and experienced. This kid knew how to fight! And he came to this venue tonight to do just that. Paxel surprised Taylor, and quite frankly he surprised most of the spectators in the ballroom. Paxel stalked Taylor and used good head movement to slip by his punches. Paxel would continue to connect. At one point Taylor got really annoyed. He decided to stop boxing and began to brawl with the oncoming Paxel. It didn’t work as well as Taylor expected it to. He kept getting caught. The champ then decided to switch it back up. He went back to the original game plan that brought him more success. He distanced himself from Paxel’s reach, went back to that quick jab of his, and countered Paxel with power rights to the body when he was in range. Taylor’s punches still had a lot of steam on them. He then caught Paxel up top, stunning him, and forcing the ref to step in to give Paxel a standing 8-count. Oh wow, what a great fight! Most of the people were now on their feet! Paxel’s nose was real bloody, but the kid shook it off and chose to keep fighting. The challenger continued to move forward but he was now slower than before. But the champ still had his quickness about him. Taylor would keep boxing intelligently from the outside, and would stay out of Paxel’s dangerous reach for the rest of the match. This was a real close contest. One that had both skill and will on display. The outcome of this fight would take longer to be announced than the others. But when it finally was, it had come down to a super close split-decision. And Still UCA Light Heavyweight Champion, Travon “T-Bomb” Taylor.
The last title fight of the night featured the UCA Champion Hector Mendoza-LAPD vs. UCA #3 Ranked Travis Clark-Stockton PD, UCA Middleweight Title Fight (160lbs)
As soon as the opening bell rang, Travis Clark went right after the champion, Hector Mendoza. Clark was clearly the taller man with the longer reach. He would use that reach to get to Mendoza early on with a long left jab and straight right hand. Clark also had very fast feet. He circled around Mendoza and hit him with shots from long range. Then Clark quickly made his way in to deliver shots from close range. It took a while for Mendoza to adjust to Clark’s height and speed. But when he did, he was able to time Clark with sneaky right hooks from a southpaw stance. Mendoza was patient and waited for the right time to fire his power shots at the moving target in front of him. And he would catch Clark with a few more right hooks when he was in his range. Clark was not easy to hit though. Clark would use his height well and continued to circle and dance around the ring, plotting on just how and when to strike his opponent. Then Clark struck. He hit the champion with fast up and down combinations from inside then outside. At times it seemed as if Mendoza could not find the right timing to pull on the trigger and shoot off his punches.
Going into the final round, you could sense the urgency in the corner of Team Mendoza. And the champion came out guns blazing. He switched up from southpaw to an orthodox stance, and seemed to have more success with it. Mendoza was now the one landing combinations upstairs and downstairs on his opponent. With a champion’s heart Mendoza fought back hard to keep his title. Clark would do his best to avoid the gunfire coming at him by using head movement and height, and he was able to roll away from a few punches. But most of the shots that Mendoza threw hit their mark. Then the challenger got back to his offense and went back towards the champion. Both fighters then went at full tilt until the last bell sounded. They wowed everyone with there warrior spirits. When the judges had rendered their decision, there was a New UCA Middleweight Champion, Travis Clark-Stockton PD.
To see full results visit the results page.
Fight day is finally upon us which can mean only one thing, “Lets Get Ready to Rumble!” The fighters have put themselves through an intense training regime and are ready to shine and put on a good show. Fight fans this is your last chance to purchase tickets and be a part of a huge night of action. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 5pm. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges tonight at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry (Los Angeles) doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm.
The much hyped and highly anticipated Battle of the Badges is here. The fighters showed up to the weigh in tonight focused and in tip top shape. Each fighter hit their mark on the scale to make their bouts official. It’s fight time ladies and gentlemen! Don’t miss this event! Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. General admission $30 Ringside $50. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm.
Breaking News!!!!! Just when you thought the SoCal Battle of the Badges couldn’t get any better two of the baddest UCA Champions decide to fight each other. Added to the already stacked card will be the undefeated UCA Welterweight Champion Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriffs Department challenging the reigning and defending UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Department for Rodriguez Jr Middleweight title. If you are asking yourself, “Is this fight really going to happen?” The answer is yes! This fight is going down tomorrow night. Do what you have to do to get here. Hop on a plane, bus, train, bike or boat. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The SoCal Battle of the Badges is taking place at the Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm. Tickets are still available! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are. $50.
Time is running out to purchase your tickets to the biggest Battle of the Badges of the year. Don’t miss it, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel. Tickets are only $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Tickets can be purchased online and will be available at the door. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm.
It’s the final week of training camp. All the hard work is done. This week will be spent going over technique and strategy. Mental preparation will take up a lot of time reflecting on sparring sessions and the work done during training camp. A fighter should feel as though they are at their peak. They should feel physically, mentally, and emotionally strong. Most importantly a fighter should be confident that they have done everything they could have done to win.
Ladies and gentlemen it’s fight week! The biggest event of the year is going down this Saturday night. Don’t miss your chance to see the best fighters in the country go toe to toe and lay it all on the line for charity. Events like this don’t come around often. Get your tickets now! General Admission $30 Ringside $50. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. SoCal Battle of the Badges, Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. Fund raising efforts will benefit the Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, and the Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club.
UCA #3 Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Department looks to pull off one of the biggest upsets in UCA history when he takes on the former #1 ranked Jr Middleweight and UNLV National Colligate runner-up David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept. The SoCal Battle of the Badges goes down Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort, City of Industry (Los Angeles). Don’t wait get your tickets now! $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Fund raising efforts will benefit Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, and the Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club.
Two unbeaten prospects will go toe to toe next Saturday night when #1 Joseph Slouka, Orange County Sheriffs Dept locks horns with #3 Chris Seelig, Rialto Police Dept. When the bell rings to start this heavyweight battle fans can expect Slouka to come forward ripping punches to the body and head. Seelig will look to use his height and reach advantage to keep Slouka at the end of his punches and catch him coming in. Find out who’s “0” goes at the SoCal Battle of the Badges October 1, 2016. Pacific Palms Resort & Casino. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Don’t miss out get your tickets now! General Admission $30 Ringside $50.
The supremely skilled UCA Cruiserweight Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept puts his title on the line once again. Stevens has never been under the radar. In his first fight you knew he was a special fighter. He worked his way to the top by fighting aggressively and intelligently. Stevens is a ferocious offensive tactician who attacks with surgical precision. Two #1 ranked fighters have tried to defeat him and two have failed. Will #1 ranked Guillermo Garcia, Los Angeles Police Dept be the one to dethrone the champion? The SoCal Battle of the Badges goes down Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first fight starts at 6pm. Don’t wait get your tickets now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are. $50.
Two UCA stars will share the ring when the Champion Hector Mendoza, LAPD and Travis Clark, Stockton PD go head to head for the UCA Middleweight Championship Title. Fight fans do not miss this fight. You are sure to get your money’s worth. SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first fight starts at 6pm. Don’t wait get your tickets now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are. $50.
The Orange County Sheriff Dept boxing team will send 6 fighters to compete in the SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016. Team Captain and UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor will be defending his title for the 2nd time and stablemates Edward Espinoza and Joseph Slouka look to extend their undefeated records. Joe Devela Jorge Juarez and Eddie Duran will be making their ring debut. Don’t miss these warriors go to battle! SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016, Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm. Purchase tickets now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are. $50.
On Saturday October 1, 2016, the former #1 ranked David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD will finally get his shot at the UCA Welterweight Title. Bermudez will challenge #3 Mike Delery, LAPD. Bermudez will be returning to the ring for the 1st time in over 3 years while Delery hasn’t taken a day off and taking on all challengers. Both fighters have advantages. Bermudez the UNLV National Colligate boxing runner up has the experience, skills and knowledge. Delery has been more active and has youth on his side. Will the long lay off play into Delery’s favor? Is Bermudez biting off more than he can chew in his first fight back? Will Bermudez experience advantage negate the long lay off? Will Delery join his stablemate champions? One thing is for sure both fighters are primed and ready to prove they are the best welterweight in the game. Find out who walks away with the UCA strap at the SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016, Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are. $50.
The virtually unknown slick southpaw Travon McMillan, AMR will test his skills against Christain Pharo, San Deigo Fire Dept. McMillan is a young talented fighter who has the skills to make a run at the Jr Middleweight title. He looks to put on a performance that will get his name in conversations as one of the top Jr Middleweights. Don’t miss McMillian and Pharo trade leather at the SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday, October 1, 2016, Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. General Admission tickets start at $30 and Ringside $50.
Heavyweight Ruben Gamboa, Fire Protection Agency looks to make it two in a row when he takes on Chris Dubiansky, Combat Fire Dept. Gamboa is coming off an impressive win over Julio Arana, SBCSD School Resource Officer July 23, 2016. Can Gamboa get through the younger more experienced Dubiansky? Find out Saturday October 1, 2016 at the SoCal Battle of the Badges being held at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Tickets are on sale now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are $50. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Don’t miss it!
After a two year hiatus away from the ring, the champ is back. The undisputed reigning and defending champion Brian Stevens, LASD will defend his UCA Cruiserweight title Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, City of Industry. Stevens will go toe to toe with #1 ranked Guillermo Garcia, LAPD in the SoCal Battle of the Badges main event. Mark your calendars fight fans this is a fight you don’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale now and start at $30 General Admission and $50 Ringside. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 5pm first fight starts at 6pm.
The UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept returns to action Saturday October 1, 2016 to make his 2nd title defense against decorated amateur Jose Paxel, ASG Security. Taylor was last in action August 29, 2015 defending his title against Jose Carrillo Fausto’s Bail Bonds. Since his defeat to Taylor, Carrillo has turned pro and holds a 1-0 record. Paxel is also coming off a huge victory over PJ McGee and “Fight of the Night” honors. This is sure to be a “Fight of the Night” contender. Don’t wait get your tickets now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are only $50. The SoCal Battle of the Badges goes down Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles)
UCA #3 Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept. will face the UCA Middleweight Champion Hector Mendoza, Los Angeles Police Dept. Saturday October 1, 2016. Clark comes into the fight with upset on his mind and there is only one prize in his sights, the UCA championship belt. One will fall and one will emerge as the UCA Middleweight Champion. This is a fight fans dream fight. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort, City of Industry (Los Angeles). Tickets are on sale and start at $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm.
On Saturday October 1, 2016 Hector Mendoza, Los Angels Police Dept. will make the first defense of his UCA Middleweight title against #3 Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept. Months of hard work and long days in the gym have left Mendoza ready to take on his toughest challenge. “I’m glad Travis stepped up to take the fight. I’ll be ready for him but will he be ready for me?” Mendoza looks to put his stamp on the title by defending it. Don’t miss this one! The SoCal Battle of the Badges goes down Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Hotel & Resort, City of Industry. Tickets are on sale and start at $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm.
The former UCA Welterweight Champion Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD and undefeated Mike Ortiz, ARMY are in training camp preparing for war with one another. The undefeated Champion Bugarin is vacating his UCA Welterweight title to test the waters at 140lbs and start his climb to the Jr Welterweight title. Possibly setting up the biggest most anticipated fight of 2017 against the undefeated UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. Bugarin must first get by Ortiz. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, 1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry. (Los Angeles). Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission start at $30 and Ringside are $50.
To become a champion you must push farther than you think you can go. Every fighter will confront exhaustion at some point. You must be able to get past the pain, the discomfort and the urge to give up. A fighter must empty the tank every workout. Leave it all in the gym, on the track and in the weight room. When fight day comes and you are waiting for your name to be called isn’t the time to be wondering if you could have worked a little harder. It’s too late. When it’s time to step through the ropes you can have no doubts. It’s time to compete like a champion, saving absolutely nothing of yourself. All your energy, all your heart, all your soul, all your competitive fire needs to explode in that ring. If you can do that you will be a UCA champion.
David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD is preparing for the biggest fight of his career. Bermudez is scheduled to rumble with #3 Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Department Saturday, October 1, 2016. Bermudez held an open work out at the Dragons Den, in Union City to show how ready he is. During the workout the former UCA undefeated Welterweight Champion Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept. walked in and padded up to give Bermudez a few rounds. What better way to prepare for a title fight then to spar with the champ. Will Bermudez become the new UCA Welterweight Champion? Find out Saturday October 1, 2016 SoCal Battle of the Badges at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel, City of Industry. Ticket’s are on sale and start at $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Doors open at 5 pm first bell rings at 6 pm. To see Bermudez vs Bugarin sparring session visit https://youtu.be/WS0eUi-wDr4
3 fighters walked away with UCA gold medals Friday night at the Hot August Fights event at the Doubletree Hotel In Sacramento. 4th ranked Devon “DJ” Dejoie, U.S. Navy moved up one weight class to square off with Hugh Estrada, CHP. When the final bell sounded Dejoie would pick up a unanimous decision win and UCA gold around his neck. Next up was Ray Cancel, CDCR, CSP Sac looking for his first win against Matt Eleopoulos, District Attorney’s Office. This was a back and forth battle between two evenly matched fighters. After 3 hard fought rounds Cancel would pick up his first win and UCA gold. The main event featured #1 ranked Josh Webb, CHP looking to add another check in the win column. Webb battled with Carey Mastin of Modesto for 3 competitive rounds. In the end it was Webb who used his experience and a calculated attack to pick up the victory and claim UCA gold.
Widely regarded as one of the best fighters in Public Safety the reigning and defending Cruiserweight Champion Brian Stevens, LASD returns to the ring Saturday October 1, 2016. Brian Stevens is the face of the cruiserweight division. He has held the title longer than any other champion. He defeated two #1 ranked challengers to win and defend his title. Stevens will face his 3rd #1 ranked opponent when he squares off with rising star Guillermo Garcia, LAPD. Ladies and gentlemen fights like this don’t come around often. When you have two supremely skilled fighters at the top of their game who are willing to fight each other you know there is going to be fireworks! The SoCal Battle of the Badges goes down Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort, City of Industry (Los Angeles). Tickets are on sale and start at $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Fund raising efforts will benefit Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, and the Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club.
The UCA Middleweight title challenger Travis Clark, Stockton PD held an open work out at SPYA Boxing Gym to promote his upcoming fight. Clark will challenge the UCA Middleweight Champion Hector Mendoza, LAPD on Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Resort & Hotel. Clark is in tremendous shape and with over a month to go before fight time he is one pound over the 160 pound weight limit. When Travis was asked about his fight with Mendoza he had this to say, “Well the fight is in LA and Mendoza is from LA. I know in order for me to win the fight can’t be close.” When Clark’s coach Steve Salas was asked if he had a game plan or strategy, Salas said, “We have to work on Travis first. Once we get Travis where we need him we will work on our strategy for Mendoza.” Fight fans don’t miss this one. This Fight is worthy of Pay Per View. The SoCal Battle of the Badges is Saturday October 1, 2016 at Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort, City of Industry (Los Angeles). Tickets are on sale and start at $30 General Admission and $50 Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Fund raising efforts will benefit Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, and the Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club. To see Travis Clark open workout photos visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedcombatassociation/albums/72157669732934184