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On Saturday April 6, 2019 the Hanford Civic Auditorium welcomes the biggest and best fighters to compete in the toughest event of the year. The City of Hanford will once again be the center of the public safety boxing world. The popular Hanford Civic Auditorium will host the 6th annual Central California Battle of the Badges. The main event will feature the undefeated UCA 2 division champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriffs Dept defending his Heavyweight title against the reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept in a Champion vs Champion showdown. The co main event will feature two undefeated fighters. Gerardo Serrano, Reedley PD vs #1 ranked Aaron Benoit, CDCR CHCF for Serrano’s UCA Jr Cruiserweight title. This is public safety boxing at it’s finest. Events like this don’t come around often, don’t miss it. Doors open at 5pm first punch thrown at 7pm. Tickets are only $30 General Admission and $50 Ringside.

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IMG_1844And still….The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. Dubiansky made his 2nd title defense tonight by defeating Rene Escolero, EMS by 2nd round TKO. Setting up one of the biggest fights between two Champions. Dubiansky is dropping down to the Heavyweight Division to take on the undefeated UCA 2 Division Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriffs Dept. These two Champions will meet at the Central California Battle of the Badges Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Will Dubiansky become a double champ? Or will Blevins prove once again he cannot be beat? Let’s do this! Doors open at 5 pm first punch thrown at 7 pm. Tickets start at $30 for General Admission and $50 Ringside.

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DSC_3759The Masters UCA Super Heavyweight title was on the line tonight as part of the SoCal Battle of the Badges card. Mario Alonzo, CDCR Centinela State Prison took on David Lomeli, CDCR Ironwood State Prison. Alonzo has been chasing the title and didn’t waste anytime going after it. When the bell rang Alonzo jumped on Lomeli looking to end it quick. Every punch thrown had very bad intentions on it. Half way through the 1st round Referee Tom Taylor stopped the action and walked Lomeli across the ring to the Doctor. After checking Lomeli the Doctor advised Taylor to end the fight. And the new…Masters UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Mario Alonzo, CDCR Centinela State Prison.

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thumbnailDavid Lomeli, CDCR Ironwood State Prison will square off with Mario Alonzo, CDCR Centinela State Prison for the Masters UCA Super Heavyweight title. Both fighters weighed in this morning and were cleared by the Doctor to make their bout official. Don’t miss it. SoCal Battle of the Badges Friday at Agua Caliente Resort & Casino. Doors open at 5:30 pm action begins at 6:30 pm.

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The highly anticipated Masters UCA Light Heavyweight title fight rematch between #1 Izzy Montes, CDCR CSP Sacramento and the Champion Mike Hagen, CHP takes place April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. One will fall and one will emerge as the UCA Champion. Montes comes into the fight with upset on his mind while Hagen the newly crowned champion looks to put his stamp on the title by defending it. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 7pm. General Admission tickets are $30 Ringside are $50.

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Blevins vs Dubiansky

The Hanford Civic Auditorium will play host to the deepest card in UCA history. The headlining attraction features two UCA Champions. The UCA 2 division Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriffs Dept. will put his Heavyweight title on the line against the reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. This fight will crown the nations best heavyweight fighter. This is as big as it gets. Don’t miss it! Central California Battle of the Badges Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Let’s Go!!

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The Central California Battle of the Badges has become known for being the toughest most competitive event of the year.  There is no harder event. Year after year the card is stacked with the best fighters and every fight is tough. There are no easy fights.  This is where fighters get recognized. If you can make it on this card you can make it anywhere. Outstanding performances are rewarded with the Golden Fists Award , Fight of the Night honors, the Gladiator Award, Gold and Silver Medals and the UCA Championship Belt.  The wait is over! Let’s Go! 

On Saturday April 6, 2019, 32 of the best fighters will get their chance to shine on the big stage. Don’t miss it! Central California Battle of the Badges Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 pm first bell rings at 7 pm.

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IMG_0862The UCA #1 ranked Masters Super Heavyweight Mario Alonzo, Centinela State Prison was sent to Sacramento to attend Leadership training this week for work. Mario is preparing for the biggest fight of his career and did not want to break training camp. The owner of California Boxing and MMA, Gil Zaragoza opened his gym for Alonzo to train for the week. Alonzo flew in Sunday night from San Diego and was in the gym on Monday. Alonzo will go toe to toe with decorated amateur David Lomeli, Ironwood State Prison for the Masters UCA Super Heavyweight Title at the SoCal Battle of the Badges Friday February 8, 2019 at Agua Caliente Resort & Casino.

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SoCal-2018-(1)The SoCal Battle of the Badges today announced that the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard will not be fighting. Pharo injured his rib sparring last night. He left the hospital this morning with a broken rib and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UCA Jr Middleweight Championship Title fight with #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept February 8, 2019. “I’m so disappointed” Pharo said. “I was on point with my training and feeling really good. now this.” Pharo went on to say he will give Dusty his shot at the title later this year and he was sorry he had to pull out of the February 8th title defense.

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2018 was an eventful year that lived up to all expectations. The fighters delivered as promised in a year that featured equal amounts of brawling, boxing and then some. As the year comes to a close let’s take a look back at the stories that shaped Public Safety boxing in 2018.

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 a professional boxing event. Events that are held in fan friendly venues and everyone is guaranteed a good time. Jeff Penn has been promoting the SoCal Battle of the Badges for 25 years. The events are held in some of the best venues California has to offer. Mr. Penn has a solid promotional background and a reputation for selling out each event he puts on. He is credited with re-energizing public safety boxing.

IMG_5726 (800x476)UCA Event of the Year – Central California Battle of the Badges, Hanford Civic Auditorium April 7, 2018
In 5 short years the Central California Battle of the Badges has become the most competitive must see events. Year after year each card is filled with an all-star cast of fighters.  The event has grown so much that it will be looking for a bigger venue in 2020.  

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UCA Fighter of the Year – Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept.
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. The undefeated UCA Heavyweight Champion Marqus Blevins defeated Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol to pick up the UCA Super Cruiserweight title and become the first fighter to hold 2 titles simultaneously.

Honorable Mention – Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Department
Kellen Kramer defeated Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. at the 911 Fight Night, Pomona CA to become the UCA Middleweight Champion. Thee months later Kramer defended his title by outpointing Humberto Moreno, Los Angeles Police Dept. at the Fight for Life Event, Los Angeles.

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UCA Coach of the Year – Mark Irwin
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. Mark Irwin is the coach of the undefeated reigning and defending UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. Mark continues to make all the right decisions as he continually expertly guides the career of his young champion.

2018 Fighters Who Received the Highest Public Safety Boxing Honor
Mike Hagen, California Highway Patrol defeated Izzy Montes, CDCR, California State Prison Sacramento to become the Masters UCA Light Heavyweight Champion April 7, 2018 Central California Battle of the Badges Hanford Civic Auditorium

Gerardo Serrano, Reedley Police Dept. defeated Gabriel Flores, Los Angeles Police Dept. to become the UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion, April 7, 2018 Central California Battle of the Badges Hanford Civic Auditorium

Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept. defeated Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol to become the UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion April 7, 2018 Central California Battle of the Badges Hanford Civic Auditorium

April Martinez, CDCR, California Health Care Facility defeated Charde Stevens, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. to become the UCA Super Welterweight Champion. Jun 30, 2018 NorCal Battle of the Badges, McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento

Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. defeated Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. to become the UCA Middleweight Champion. August 18, 2018 911 Fight Night, Pomona, CA

Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard defeated Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Dept. to becoDSC_6475 (598x800)me the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion. November 16, 2018 Fight for Life Event, Pacific Palms Resort and Hotel, Los Angeles

UCA Fight of the Year – April Martinez, CDCR, California Health Care Facility vs Charde Stevens, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept.
UCA Super Welterweight Title Fight June 30, 2018 NorCal Battle of the Badges, McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento. A fight that delivers the most exciting back and forth battle that has fans cheering and on the edge of their seat. These fights symbolize what public safety boxing stands for.

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.

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Anthony Martinez, Madera Police Dept. April 7, 2018 Central Cal BOTB
Sterling Ingram, U.S Navy April 7, 2018 Central Cal BOTB
Donavon Lewis, Fresno Police Dept. April 7, 2018 Central Cal BOTB
Jekora Robinson, CDCR. California Health Care Facility June 30, 2018 NorCal BOTB
Aaron Benoit, CDCR, California Health Care Facility June 30, 2018 NorCal BOTB
Devin Desjarlais, Linda Fire Dept.June 30, 2018 NorCal BOTB
Bryce Gutierrez, LA City Fire Dept. August 18, 2018 911 Fight Night
Destiny Moreno, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. November 16, 2018 Fight for Life
Zane Archer, LA City Fire Dept. November 16, 2018 Fight for Life
Shawn Baker, LA City Fire Dept. November 16, 2018 Fight for Life
Charles Medrano, Los Angeles Police Dept. November 16, 2018 911 Fight for Life
Dustin Moreno, LA County Fire Dept.November 16, 2018 Fight for Life

Deserves a Title Shot
DSC_0206 (800x709)Jessica Ortiz, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Jekora Robinson, CDCR, Calif Health Care Facility
Daniel Rosales, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Marco Franco. LA City Fire Dept.
Noel Montes, CDCR Folsom State Prison
Anthony Cross, CDCR, California State Prison, Sacramento
Roman Grider, CDCR, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
Alberto Tapia, USC Police Dept.

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UCA Gym of the Year – Valley Fight Club
Home of the undefeated 2 division UCA Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County SD, the undefeated UCA 3rd ranked Middleweight Sterling Ingram, U.S Navy and UCA Super Middleweight Erick Blue, U.S Navy.

UCA Announcer of the Year – Carlton Jones, Fresno City Fire Dept.

UCA DJ of the Year – DJ Prince

UCA Photographer of the Year – Chris Akins

UCA Videographer – Fernando Vargas

The Most Exciting Division – Jr Middleweight 
The Jr Middleweight division is a talented division with a lot depth. Names like Christian Pharo, Mike Delery, Dusty Rodriguez, Marco Franco, David Bermudez and Anthony Young can take turns putting on memorable battles like the ones between Hagler, Duran, Hearns and Leonard.

The Division with the Most Potential – Jr Welterweight 
BJ Adkins, Devon Dejoie, Frank Quitugua and Aaron Padilla make up an impressive group of equally skilled contenders. These fighters are active and make for an exciting Jr Welterweight tournament. The belt can change owners every time it is up for grabs.IMG_9929-(1)

The Most Anticipated Rematch of 2019 – April Martinez, CDCR, CHCF vs Charde Stevens, Fresno SD

Most Improved Fighter – BJ Adkins, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. (West Virginia)

Never in a Bad Fight – Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol

UCA True Grit – Kayle Sicaros, Los Angeles Police Dept.
To have fortitude, determination, honor, braveness and the strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage.

UCA Upset of the Year – Frank Quitugua, CDCR, California Medical Facility defeated Aaron Padilla, CDCR San Quentin State Prison.
A fDSC_6243 (800x701)ighter who enters a contest a considerable favorite and is defeated by a less experienced, unknown or unranked fighter.

UCA Gladiator Award – Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.
One who is greatly admired for bravery and courage. A fighter that projects strength resolve and humility. One who is tested and proved they are a true modern day gladiator.

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Jessica Gamez, CDCR, Mule Creek State Prison
Charde Stevens, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept.
Frank Quitugua, CDCR, California Medical Facility
Anthony Young, Los Angeles Police Dept.
Benny Cervantes, CDCR, Calif Heath Care Facility
Jasper Sandoval, CDCR, Chino State Prison
Efrain Moreno, Los Angeles Police dept.
Victor Ibal, Sanger Police Dept.
Rodney Cavanagh, Pomona Police Dept.

Memorable Moments of the Year
April Martinez, CDCR, CHCF faced Charde Stevens, Fresno SD in the NorCal Battle of the Badges Main Event for the UCA Super Welterweight title. Martinez would capture the title and become the new UCA Super Welterweight Champion.

The reigning and defending UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD tested himself by moving up a division to pick up his 2nd title but fell just short of claiming the UCA Jr Middleweight title as he dropped a split decision to Christian Pharo San Diego Fire Lifeguard. Fight for Life, Los Angeles.

The UCA Heavyweight Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Office attempted to do what no other fighter has done before. Blevins moved down to the Super Cruiserweight division to take on #1 ranked Josh Webb, CHP for the Super Cruiserweight title at the Central California Battle of the Badges, Hanford.  Blevins defeated Webb by decision to become the first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously.

Super Heavyweight Craig Hamblin – CDCR-Solano State Prison picked up his first win at the NorCal Battle of the Badges June 30, 2018. The big question surrounding the fight was, Will Hamblin’s “O” go? Hamblin started boxing 8 years ago and unfortunately he has been on the losing end of every fight and owns a record of 0-7. Hamblin would defeat Matt Eleopoulos – Solano County DA’s Office and finally have his hand raised.

IMG_0638Michael Hagen (55 yrs old)(CHP) claimed the Masters UCA Light Heavyweight title with a superb win over veteran fighter Izzy Montes (52 yrs old) CDCR, CSP Sacramento at the Central California Battle of the Badges, in Hanford CA.

Gerardo Serrano (Reedley PD) squared off with Gabriel Flores (LAPD) for the UCA Jr Cruiserweight Title at the Central California Battle of the Badges, Hanford. The fight started with both fighters landing relentless blows. As the fight went on the action picked up. Half way through the 2nd round Serrano and Flores were fighting in close quarters and Flores dislocated his shoulder. The excruciating pain put Flores to the canvas. Medical staff was sent into the ring and were able to put Flores shoulder back in place. Flores immediately jumped up and said, “I’m ok, I’m ready to fight.” Unfortunately the referee already called off the fight. Serrano would become the new UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion by 2nd rd. TKO.

2018 UCA Rumors
The reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubinsky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. will attempt to become a two division champion when he challenges Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept. for Blevin’s UCA Heavyweight Title.

The undefeated reigning and defending UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. will drop down to 154lbs and fight for the Jr Middleweight Title.

The former undefeated reigning and defending UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, CDCR, State Parole is coming out of retirement to challenge for the Welterweight Title.

The UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR, California Health Care Facility will take on the Asiah Medawar, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. for Medawar’s UCA Welterweight Title.

Boxing fans have a lot to look forward to in 2019. The year promises to give the fans the matchups they desperately want to see. Title fight contracts are being drawn up for some great fights. The undefeated Heavyweight Donavon Lewis, Fresno Police Dept. will face the undefeated UCA 2 Division Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept.  Aaron Benoit, CDCR, CHCF will challenge for the UCA Super Cruiserweight title when he meets the undefeated Champion Gerardo Serrano, Reedley Police Dept. Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard will put his title on the line when he takes on #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Quincy Mirage, LAPD and Mike Valle, CDCR, PVSP will go toe to toe a 3rd and final time. Mike Hagen, CHP and Izzy Montes, CDCR will lace em up one more time for Hagen’s Masters UCA Light Heavyweight title. #1 ranked Roman Grider, CDCR, SATF will challenge undefeated #2 Anthony Cross, CDCR, CSP, Sac for the vacant UCA Cruiserweight title. Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD will lock horns with Jack Rivera, Sac City Fire Dept for the vacant Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Title. #1 ranked BJ Adkins, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. (West Virginia) will take on 2nd ranked Devon Dejoie, U.S Navy for the vacant UCA Jr Welterweight crown. See you in 2019.

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No one said it was going to be easy to become a champion. It takes hard work, commitment and consistency to achieve dreams. You have to bite, scratch, crawl, and fight your way to the top. Often times people quit when the journey gets tough but champions hit the accelerator and go full speed ahead.  You can’t shy away from hard work or tough competition. A champion must always take the toughest road traveled. You must keep going even when you cannot take another step. You must stay focused on the goal and devise a means to achieve it. You must motivate yourself to keep pushing.

Champions don’t win only by their own efforts. Most times they have the encouragement and support of certain people in their lives who make the experience seem worthwhile.  No matter how small your circle is, you’re going to need their support and words of encouragement. Remember, there is strength in numbers.

Lastly most champions have one thing in common, this is their drive. You cannot become a champion if you do not have something, a reason that pushes you to continue the fight. You need a reason to not give up and once you channel that which drives you, in that ring, your opponent is at your mercy.

Only champions know what it feels like to finally reach the pinnacle. Having the belt wrapped around their waist only confirmed what they always believed. Champions are made not born.

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2018 UCA Year In Review
As the year comes to a close we will take a look back at the stories that shaped Public Safety boxing in 2018.
Find out who is the:
Fighter of the Year 
Fighter of the Year
Fighters to Keep an Eye On 
Fight of the Year 
Upset of the Year
Who Deserves a Title Shot 
Most Exciting Division 
Division with the Most Potential 
UCA Rumors
and more. 
December 31, 2018

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thumbnailThe UCA #1 ranked Jr Middleweight Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept started his training camp today and brought in the UCA 2nd ranked 2017 World Police and Fire Games Gold Medalist Marco Franco LA City Fire Dept to help him prepare for the biggest fight of his career. On Friday February 8, 2019 Rodriguez will square off with the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo. This is going to be a hell of a fight between two fighters who want to prove they are the best jr Middleweight in the game. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino.

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SoCal 2018 (2)On November 16, 2018 Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Department separated himself from the Jr Middleweight contenders by defeating Mike Delery, LAPD and picking up the UCA Jr Middleweight strap. On Friday February 8, 2019 Pharo looks to take out another elite fighter when he squares off with the former UCA Champion and #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino

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thumbnail (1)The newly crowned UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept is jumping back in the ring to defend his title against the former champion and #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept at the SoCal Battle of the Badges Friday February 8, 2019 at Agua Caliente Resort & Casino. Rodriguez is hungry and ready to reclaim what was his. 

Pharo feels it’s time to stamp his mark in the UCA by defeating Rodriguez and proving to everyone he is the best Jr Middleweight out there. Don’t miss it!

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BOTB-0219The SoCal Battle of the Badges will put on the first event of the 2019 boxing season. The event will be held Friday February 8, 2019 at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage. Over 2000 fans will fill the arena to see some of the best fighters in the game trade leather for charity. It doesn’t get any better than this, amateur fighters performing on a stage where Showtime PBC and HBO have broadcast World Championship Title fights. You definitely won’t want to miss this show! Purchase tickets and sign up to fight at www.socalbattleofthebadges.com

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The Fight for Life boxing event ended 2018 with extraordinary action.  The main event saw Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard capture the UCA Jr Middleweight title and the co main event featured Kellen Kramer Bell Gardens Police Dept. defending his UCA Middleweight title and keeping his perfect record intact.  The under card featured a talented cast of fighters who fans will be soon talking about.

The night started off with two fighters making their ring debut Fidel Carreno, LAPD Academy vs Charles Smith, LASD. Both guys started off slow feeling each other out. Toward the end of the round Carreno started to back Smith up and hit the target with his punches. Smith started out the 2nd round strDSC_0417ong coming forward and landing punches of his own. Tied up 1-1 going into the 3rd. When the bell rang to start the 3rd Carreno put the pressure on Smith and Smith started to slow down half way through the round, it could be from the body work by Carreno in the 1st and 2nd rounds. This fight would go the distance and Carreno would pick up his first win by decision

The 2nd fight of the night featured a rematch between Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD vs Brian Petrella, Pasadena PD. Vasquez leads the series 1-0. When the bell rang Vasquez came out very relaxed and patient, different from the nonstop, throwing punches in bunches style we are used to. Petrella didn’t have an answer for the precise calculated Vasquez.  Petrella started to put a little heat on his punches in the 2nd rd. but couldn’t land anything clean. Down two nothing Petrella would need a knockout in the 3rd round to win. Vasquez stuck to the game plan, keeping his composure, using good footwok, a tight defense and throwing straight punches. Petrella may have been confused by Vasquez’s new style he could never really find his rhythm. Something happened during the last 15 seconds of the fight. The game plan went out the window, Vasquez and Petrella planted their feet in front of each other and started throwing lefts and rights with very bad intentions. When the bell sounded both fighters remained standing and once again Vasquez would defeat Petrella by decision.  

Bout 3: Manuel Mindieta, LAPD vs Ismael Opina, LASD featured two evenly matched fighters making their ring debut.  Even first round, Mindieta may have stolen the round in the last 10 seconds by backing Opina to the ropes with a 5 punch combination.  Opina came out in the 2nd round throwing 3 punches to every one punch thrown by Mindieta. Opina turned it up even more in the 3rd round. Both fighters showed good fundamentals but Opina was too busy.  Opina winner by decision.DSC_0473

Bout 4: Shawn Baker, LAFD vs Efrain Moreno, LAPD featured two skilled big men. When the bell rang Baker came out of his corner firing on both cylinders backing Moreno up with heavy leather.  Moreno used his footwork and defense to stay out of danger. Baker continued to push a fast pace in the first round, could he keep it up? Baker came out strong in the 2nd but started to fade toward the end of the end of the round. Moreno was able to establish his jab and land some clean punches.  Whoever wins the 3rd round wins the fight. Baker took full advantage of the 60 second break. He came out strong to start the 3rd round throwing punches in bunches and not giving Moreno a chance to establish his offense. Baker winner by decision.

Bout 5: featured a rematch between Daniel Rosales, LAPD and Alex Perez, La Habra Boxing Gym. Perez is a decorated amateur who is ready to turn pro. Perez won the first meeting and Rosales had revenge on his mind.  Very close 1st round with Rosales edging it out. Close 2nd round slight advantage Perez. Perez and Rosales showed high level stuff.  These guys are always in position and as soon as one of them makes a slight mistake they are ready to take advantage of it. Even fight going into the 3rd. Rosales continued to put the pressure on Perez and throw hard punches. When the last bell rang Rosales would pick up the win and even the score.

Bout 6: When two female fighters step into the ring fans can expect an all action fight and that is exactly what Kaylee Sicaros, LAPD and Destiny Moreno, LASD delivered. These ladies threw punches from bell to bell and never backed down. Moreno was a little more polished but that didn’t prevent Sicaros from backing down.  She is tough as nails and was not affected by the hard punches landed by Destiny. Kaylee is trained by Aurelio and Quincy so you know she has to be tough. Sicaros was down two nothing going into the 3rd and continued to bring the fight to Moreno but it wasn’t enough.  Moreno was just a little bit better on this night. Moreno winner by decision.

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Bout 7: Brian Smith, LASD vs Charles Medrano, LAPD featured two fighters making their ring debut. Medrano threw a good variety of punches and good counter hook. Smith had his moments in the fight landing punches of his own.  Medrano kept backing Smith up not giving him a chance to breathe.  Both fighters showed good skills in their first fight but the pressure and heavy punches thrown by Medrano was the difference. Medrano winner by decision.DSC_0561

Bout 8 Alberto “The Pit Bull” Tapia, USC Police Dept. vs Remin Pineda, LASD. Holy smokes they don’t call him the Pit Bull for nothing. When the bell rang Tapia jumped on Pineda and did not let up. In the 2nd round Tapia showed he can brawl and box. He used good footwork and did good work behind his jab. In the 3rd Pineda started to put the pressure back on Tapia but it was too late. Tapia winner by decision.

DSC_0599Bout 10: Zane Archer, LAFD vs Jose Garcia (Civilian) Archer is a hidden gem in public safety boxing. He is a heavyweight but moves like a middleweight and showed great skills in his first fight.  Garcia was waiting to land one big shot while Archer continued to throw punches and rack up points.  Archer winner by decision.

Bout 11: The UCA Light Heavyweight Title fight between Jorge Caamal, LASD and Gabriel Flores, LAPD was canceled at the weigh in but Flores still wanted to fight. In less than 24 hours an opponent was found for Flores. Civilian fighter Abraham Cruz from the LASD Century Sheriff’s Station Gym stepped up.  When the first bell rang Flores showed good footwork and used his jab like a surgical tool. He showed great composure and looked like a fighter with 20 fights. He did a good job of setting up his punches going to the body and head. Cruz was aggressive and was throwing punches with bad intentions.  This fight would go the distance and Cruz would pick up the win.

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The Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort filled with several hundred fans Friday night for the Fight for Life event. 12 bouts featured fighters from LASD, LAPD, LAFD, Pasadena PD, and Bell Gardens PD. The main event showcased the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD looking to capture his 2nd title by defeating #3 Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept. for the Jr Middleweight title. In the sport of boxing a fighter has to take advantage of opportunities that are given to him because they may not always be there. On the way to the top you don’t get to decide the challenges. For a fighter with ambition it is simple, take the best fights you can get, accept the challenges that offer the harshest test and the biggest reward. That is exactly what Pharo did. He was offered a title fight against the reigning and defending UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery and jumped on it. Pharo knew there would be no short cuts, in order to win he would have to go through the fire and sacrifice everything. He was fighting the champ in LA and he was coming in on the B side. Pharo put himself through a grueling training camp sparring with pro fighters Kevin Ottley and Maurice Hooker at PTC Boxing Gym, San Diego. “I knew Delery was tough” Pharo said. “And I prepared for a war.” When the bell sounded to start this highly anticipated showdown both fighters looked tDSC_0623o gain a tactical advantage. Delery used his jab and controlled the first round. Pharo started to pull away in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. He stalked and backed Delery up and continued to attack the body. In order to win it all you must risk it all. After 3 rounds, he did it. Congratulations to the new UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept. 

The co main eDSC_0584vent was a matchup between the UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens PD vs #4 Humberto Moreno, LAPD. Moreno attempted to do what no fighter has ever done before, defeat Kellen Kramer. Once the fighters touched gloves they started trading leather. It was a brutal 3 round war showcasing both fighters grit and toughness. In Kramer typical fashion he pressed the action from the first to the last bell. He never stopped risking himself in pursuit of the win. Moreno had his moments when he used his footwork and was able to separate himself from the mauling Champion. When the fighters came to the center of the ring for the decision Kramer once again proved he is unbeatable. And still….The UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell  Gardens Police Dept.  

Nov 2018 15

IMG_0129The fighters competing in the Fight for Life event at the Pacific Palms Hotel stepped on the scale this morning to make their bouts official. Everyone hit their mark on the scale. The main event will showcase Mike Delery, LAPD meeting up with #3 Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept for the UCA Jr Middleweight title. The co-main event will feature Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens PD defending his UCA Middleweight crown against #4 Humberto Moreno, LAPD. The 3rd UCA title fight scheduled for the event between Jorge Caamal, LASD and Gabriel Flores, LAPD was scratched. Caamal was unable to make the official weigh in due to work obligations. Also in action tomorrow night will be Efrain Moreno, Daniel Rosales, Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD and Remin Pineda, LASD. The Fight for Life doors open at 5 pm with the first bout starting at 7 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door.

Nov 2018 12

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Years from now when boxing fans are talking about who were some of the greatest UCA fighters, a few factors will have to be considered. A fighters skill level, accomplishments, level of competition and who looked for challenges in other weight divisions. Throughout boxing’s rich history, some of the greatest boxing legends are multi division champions. Names like Ward, Mayweather, De La Hoya, Pacquiao, Chavez and Holyfield are fighters who were able to have success in multi weight divisions. 

The UCA has it’s boxing legends too. Years from now names like Bugarin, Mendoza, and Blevins will have to be in conversations as some of the greatest fighters due to their accomplishments in more than one weight division. On November 16, 2018 the reigning and defending UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD will look to challenge himself by moving up a weight division to take on 3rd ranked Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept. for the UCA Jr Middleweight Championship title. This will be no easy feat for Delery. Pharo is a naturally bigger fighter, has more experience and has been waiting for his opportunity to show everyone how good he is.  Delery is taking a big risk and could easily stay in his division and dominate for years. However one of the measures of boxing greatness has been whether or not a fighter could have success in more than one weight class. It takes a very special athlete to be able to move up a division, compete at a high level and win a title. Is Mike Delery one of those special athletes? Find out at the Fight for Life Event Friday November 16, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Resort and Hotel.  Doors open at 5pm first punch thrown at 7pm. Tickets start at $40,00 General Admission and $150.00 VIP tickets can be purchased at the door.

Nov 2018 04

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CDCR-Poster-2018The United Combat Association represents the best in Public Safety Boxing in the United States. Accordingly, the UCA is constantly looking for new talent and fighters to step into the famed squared circle. The UCA has struck gold with the fighters representing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR. There have been some break out stars who have exploded onto the UCA scene. Fighters like Anthony Cross, CSP, Sacramento, Benny Cervantes, CHCF, Roman Grider, Corcoran SATF Noel Montes, Folsom State Prison Mario Alonzo, Centinela State Prison and Aaron Benoit, CHCF. These fighters are on the cusp of reaching the pinnacle of public safety boxing: The highly coveted and elusive UCA Championship Title Belt! 

These fighters have their sights set squarely on the title and look to follow in the footsteps of CDCR boxing royalty such as UCA Champions Shant Sheklanian, State Parole, Mike Valle, Pleasant Valley State Prison, James Davis, Folsom State Prison, Sean Johnson, Kern Valley State Prison and newly crowned female Champion April Martinez, California Health Care Facility.

The road to the top is paved through countless hours of arduous training and the top contenders in the respective weight divisions. The UCA looks forward to seeing which CDCR fighters separate themselves from the pack and erect themselves at the top of the public safety boxing mountain! Sign up now for the event nearest you and take the first step in the road to the UCA Championship Title Belt. The first bell awaits you! 

Oct 2018 20

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Four LAPD fighters that will be competing in the Fight for Life event participated in a media workout Saturday at the La Habra Boxing Club in anticipation of their upcoming bouts. Aaron Tolliver, Manuel Mendieta  Humberto Moreno and Gabriel Flores showcased their skills and spoke with confidence about their upcoming fights.  Once the fighters warmed up they took turns getting in the ring. They didn’t know how many rounds they were doing or who they were sparring against, all they knew is this is how you prepare for battle. The fighters were thrown in with professional fighters under the watchful eye of trainer Bryan Arreola. The fighters held their own against the more experienced pros. With black eyes, bloody noses, bruised ribs and 26 days until fight time these guys can’t let up. On November 16, 2018 Humberto Moreno will take on the undefeated Champion Kellen Kramer, BGPD for the UCA Middleweight title. Stablemate Gabriel Flores will square off with 3X Police Olympic Gold Medalist Jorge Caamal, LASD for the UCA Light Heavyweight title. Mendieta  and Tolliver, will be make their ring debut on the undercard. The Fight for Life event takes place Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort. Doors open at 5 pm show starts at 7 pm. 

Oct 2018 13

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Alan Kemp first entered a boxing gym at the age of 8 after winding up on the losing end of several skirmishes with bullies in his tough Buffalo, New York neighborhood. His father Al, a former boxer and experienced trainer, thought it time for his young son to learn how to defend himself. Under his watchful eye and careful tutelage, Alan spent the next years transforming himself from a slight boy into a fine practitioner of what his father called the “Sweet Science” – or, the Art of Boxing.

By the time he was 15, Alan had won the first of three Golden Gloves Boxing Championships. As a two-time Open Class Champion he competed in two National Golden Gloves tournaments and went on to claim 45 wins in 52 boutFullSizeRender (2)s during a six year Amateur career. Eventually becoming a Professional Middleweight standout, Kemp attained a record of 12 victories and 2 defeats, scoring 11 knockouts. His two losses coming from battles with former National Amateur Champion, Morris Jordan and Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Ronnie Harris.

Kemp was inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been a USA Boxing Certified Coach in Southern California for 10 years. He has coached boxers at No Limits, American Boxing Gym, LA Boxing, South Coast Martial Arts/Walking Tall Foundation, Grampas Boxing Club and others. Kemp currently trains Amateur and Professional boxers, including Orange County’s Chris Dubiansky, the UCA Super Heavyweight Champion and Daniel Kim, the 2012 National Invitational Blue & Gold Novice Light Welterweight Champion and popular local Professional.

Oct 2018 09

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Fight fans if you have never seen Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD fight prepare yourself to see an all action edge of your seat battle. The former #1 ranked title challenger will take on Police Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept at the Fight for Life event Friday November 16, 2018 at Pacific Palms Resort Hotel. Vasquez is never in a boring fight and with 3 Fight of the Night awards under his belt we are in for a treat. Doors open at 5 pm first punch thrown at 7 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the City of Hope Children’s Hospital.

Oct 2018 04

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The UCA #1 ranked Jr Welterweight BJ Adkins, Raleigh County Sheriff Dept (West Virginia) was scheduled to fight on the NorCal Battle of the Badges card in Sacramento Saturday October 6, 2018, unfortunately the event was canceled. Having never been to Sacramento, Adkins decided to make the trip anyway. While he was in Sacramento in addition to sight seeing he had an opportunity to workout at Newcastle Ringside Gym. Adkins plans to return to California Saturday, April 6, 2019 when he takes on 2nd ranked Devon Dejoie, U.S. Navy for the UCA Jr Welterweight Championship Title at the Central California Battle of the Badges event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.

Sep 2018 13

Petrella-vs-Vasquez_edited-After a long lay off the former #1 ranked title challenger Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD will make his return to the ring to take on Police Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. Vasquez and Petrella are two action fighters who are never in a bad fight. Find out which one of these warriors leaves the ring victorious Friday November 16, 2018 at the Fight for Life, Pacific Palms Hotel & Resort. Doors open at 5pm action begins at 7pm. Tickets sold at the door

Sep 2018 10

The Fight for Life boxing event keeps gettingDelery-vs-Pharo2 better! Just added to the card will be the reigning and defending UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery Los Angeles Police Dept who will be moving up a weight class in an attempt to capture the vacant UCA Jr Middleweight title. Standing in his way will be 3rd ranked Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept. After taking the long road from prospect to contender Pharo will finally get his shot at the UCA crown. This matchup promises to be a thrilling clash of styles, don’t miss it. Delery and Pharo will go head to head for the UCA Jr Middleweight Championship title at the Fight for Life Event Friday November 16, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Hotel & Resort. Doors open at 5pm fists start flying at 7pm.

Sep 2018 08

Fight-for-life-poster-floreAdd another great matchup to the Fight for Life lineup. 2nd ranked Gabe Flores, Los Angeles Police Dept will collide with Jorge Caamal, Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept for the Interim UCA Light Heavyweight Championship title. The clear favorite in this fight is Caamal, he has been around the game longer than any active fighter and with over 30 fights he may also be one of the most avoided fighters. You can’t count Flores out, the timing of this fight may be perfect for him to pull off the upset. Caamal hasn’t fought since August 2015. and should be fighting at 154-160lbs not 175 but due to limited opposition he has to take what he can get. And aside from Flores having the height, reach and fighting at his natural weight advantage he has been more active. Flores has a great team behind him at the La Habra Boxing Gym and they know Caamal has a lot of experience and packs a heavy punch. Team Flores is confident that whatever Caamal brings to the table they will figure out how to deal with it. Find out who’s team puts together the best game plan for their fighter to win. Fight for Life event is Friday November 16, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Hotel and Resort.

Sep 2018 02

Fight-for-life-posterThe UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. will make his first title defense against 4th ranked Humberto Moreno, Los Angeles Police Dept. Will Moreno be able to figure out how to beat the undefeated Champion? Kramer holds a perfect record of 4-0 and is getting better with each fight. Moreno is somewhat of an unknown to the average fan and is ready to make his name known. Kramer and Moreno will meet at the Fight for Life event Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Pacific Palms Resort and Hotel. Doors open at 5 pm first punch thrown at 7 pm.

Aug 2018 21

FullSizeRender (2)Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. and Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept. put on a “Fight of the Year” performance Saturday night at the 911 Fight Night Event in Pomona, CA. When the final instructions were given by the referee and the fighters touched gloves it was on. Kramer came forward throwing punches like he had 6 arms. Pineda tried to block and move his head but the punches kept coming. Pineda absorbed a lot of blows and somehow was able to remain standing and fire back. Kramer continued to turn up the heat, making it a rugged figFullSizeRender (1)ht, essentially throwing the kitchen sink at his opponent. Referee Tom Taylor momentarily stopped the action in the 2nd round to give Pineda a standing 8 count from Kramer’s unanswered punches. Pineda bounced back with punches of his own to finish the round. Going into the 3rd round Pineda needed a knockout to win. Kramer did not play it safe and protect his lead he showed no mercy and continued his onslaught until the final bell. What a fight! Ladies and gentlemen the Middleweight division has a new face. And the new….UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Department. Kramer is a fun fighter to watch and has people asking when he will be back in the ring. Kramer’s next fight will be announced soon. To see results of all the fights visit the results page.

Aug 2018 18

DSC_6807The #1 ranked Remin Pineda, LASD came in 3 pounds over the contracted weight of 160 lbs. “I sat in the steam room and ran but I couldn’t get the last 3 pounds off” Pineda said. This is the lowest weight Pineda has ever fought at. When asked, “When was the last time you weighed 160?” Pineda said, “When I was in high schoDSC_6872 (1)ol” The fight will still go on tonight but if Pineda wins he will not win the UCA Middleweight Title. The title will remain vacant. The undefeated Kellen Kramer, Bell Garden Police Dept weighed in at a ready 157 lbs. 10 fights are scheduled for tonight’s 911 Fight Night. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. Don’t miss 911 Fight Night outdoors at the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California.

Aug 2018 18

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The UCA Jr Middleweight Championship title fight between Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Dept and Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept was canceled at the scale this morning. The UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery was moving up to the Jr Middleweight division to take on the #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez in an attempt to pick up his 2nd title. In a stunning development the #1 ranked Rodriguez was unable to attend the official weigh in due to a family obligation and safety concerns about the weigh in. Rodriguez said, “I will not weigh in the day of the fight. Its unhealthy for anyone to wait until a few hours before competing without proper hydration and food intake” Delery came in 3 pounds under the contracted weight of 154 pounds. The UCA Jr Middleweight title will remain vacant.

Aug 2018 15

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On Saturday August 18, 2018 the UCA #1 ranked Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff Dept will take on #3 Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept for the UCA Middleweight Championship title. The UCA caught up with Remin to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight with Kramer.

UCA – What gym are you training at to prepare for this fight?
RP – I have been training at several gyms: Sityodtong Los Angeles, Crossfit La Verne, Wildcard Boxing Club, and the Century YAL.

UCA – Who is your coach?
RP – I have several coaches I work with: Carlos De La Torre, Wilson Oh, Teddy Martinez, and Willie “Birdlegs” Jenson.

UCA – When did you start training camp?
RP – I train all year long and usually pick it up approximately 1 to 1 1/2 months left.

UCA – How often are you training to prepare for the fight?
RP – 6 days a week, I’m am always doing something, whether it be boxing technique, conditioning, or sparring.

UCA – Has your training camp been more intense compared to other training camps?
RP – Yes, always trying to learn more and improve my conditioning.

UCA – Are you doing any unique training during this camp? Swimming, CrossFit, Yoga
RP – Crossfit and airdyne bike/interval training. 

UCA – Are you preparing for a tough grinding fight?
RP – Yes, I have sparred with Kramer in the past and know he is a tough fighter and has power.

UCA – Do you have plenty of sparring partners at your gym or do you have to travel to other gyms for sparring?
RP – I do have many different sparring partners with all types of backgrounds. Another reason why I travel to different gyms to train with different styles.

UCA – On paper this is a 50-50 fight. If you feel the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard and push the pace to win the round?
RP – Always.

UCA – Do you feel the fight will be a back and forth battle where you are both tested?
RP – Yes, Kramer is a brawler much like I am, however I will need to rely more on boxing to overcome him.

UCA – There is a famous quote in boxing.. Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges. What does that mean to you?
RP – Get that knockout/TKO! I feel I have been cheated before (as well as opponents I’ve fought) and blame no one but myself for not finishing my opponent.

UCA – How do you imagine this fight going?
RP – I can foresee a TKO by one of us. We both have power and it can go either way, prepare for “Fight of the Night!”

911 Fight Night Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. Doors open at 5 first fight at 7. Tickets will be sold at the door.
 
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FullSizeRenderOn Saturday August 18, 2018 the undefeated 3rd ranked Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept will challenge the #1 ranked Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff’ Dept for the UCA Middleweight Championship title. The UCA caught up with Kellen to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight with Pineda.

UCA – What gym are you training at to prepare for this fight?
KK- UFC Gym Aliso Viejo

UCA – Who is your coach?
KK – Mark Irwin

UCA – When did you start training camp?
KK – 6 weeks ago

UCA – How often are you training to prepare for the fight?
KK – 6 days a week

UCA – Has your training camp been more intense compared to other training camps?
KK – This has definitely been the most intense training camp so far, as this is our biggest fight so far. Its a title fight so we have trained and prepared accordingly.

UCA – Are you doing any unique training during this camp? Swimming, CrossFit, Yoga
KK – For this camp we have done lots of mittwork, sparring, strength and conditioning, road work(running) jump rope, etc. It has very much been an old school boxing regimen with some high intensity interval training to get myself into elite condition.

UCA – Are you preparing for a tough grinding fight?
KK – I’m ready for whatever gets thrown my way in this fight. I’m prepared for whatever my opponent comes with.

UCA – Do you have plenty of sparring partners at your gym or do you have to travel to other gyms for sparring?
KK – We traveled a bit for sparring on some days but kept most of our sparring “in-house” at UFC Gym Aliso Viejo. We have a good group of guys that have helped us prepare.

UCA – On paper this is a 50-50 fight. If you feel the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard and push the pace to win the round?
KK – My coach and I are always training for and pushing for the knockout. That is our style. we are going to attack for every second of every round so yes, we are prepared to go after it in there.

UCA – Do you feel the fight will be a back and forth battle where you are both tested?
KK – I never want to overlook my opponent and I expect him to be at his best on fight night.

UCA – There is a famous quote in boxing.. Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges. What does that mean to you?
KK – Control your own destiny. Go for the KO. You never want to let someone else decide your fate for you.

UCA – How do you imagine this fight going?
KK – I expect to get the finish in the 2nd or 3rd round but we are prepare to go all three rounds if need be. Should be an exciting fight, as always.

911 Fight Night Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. Doors open at 5 first fight at 7.

Aug 2018 13

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Ladies and gentlemen Fight Week is upon us! For the past 10 weeks the fighters have been pushing their bodies to the limit. The work is done. The fighters will spend this final week polishing their skills to shine on Saturday night. 8 action packed preliminary bouts will kick off this highly anticipated fight card. The co main event will feature #1 ranked Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept taking on the undefeated 3rd ranked Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. for the UCA Middleweight Title. The main event features  a showdown between two big names. The UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Dept. will attempt to pick up his 2nd title when he squares off with #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept.for the UCA Jr Middleweight Title. Fight fans this is public safety boxing at its finest. Don’t miss it! Doors open at 5pm first punch thrown at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. 911 Fight Night Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California.

 

Aug 2018 07

DSC_7932 (1)The 911 Fight Night Boxing Event takes place Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Shaun Diamond Plaza in Pomona CA and will be headlined by #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept vs the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery Los Angeles Police Dept who will be moving up a weight class in hopes of capturing the vacant UCA Jr Middleweight crown.  Aside from both fighters being extremely talented and having superior boxing skills they have something else in common, they have both been in the ring with the former Interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept.  Taking into account the styles of Rodriguez and Delery this fight promises to be a memorable slugfest. Who better to ask to break down the fight than the man himself, Chris Martinez. 

Ring Generalship: I think Rodriguez is a solid boxer. He has a strong foundation and knows his way around the ring. Delery is another solid fighter but has less ring experience. I think Rodriguez can control the pace of the fight but Delery will have to bring the pressure in order to pull off the win. Both fighters have displayed good timing and patience in past fights, but no one wants to see that, everyone wants to see them bang it out.  

Mental/Focus: Rodriguez is a strong fighter mentally and physically. Rodriguez works hard to prepare for his fights and is focused while under pressure in the ring. Rodriguez is a patient fighter, which makes him dangerous. Delery also works hard to prepare for his matches. Delery is an athlete who is in great shape. I think Delery is going to have to make Rodriguez respect him by landing something hard in the first round and keeping Rodriguez busy and moving. Delery has to stay focused and not allow Rodriguez to control the pace of the fight. Prior mental preparation is key for both fighters. Who will be the one to work harder to prepare for this fight? Who will have the stamina to constantly bring pressure during the entire fight?  Who will stand firm during the storm and counter with explosiveness? Who’s going to have the heart to push beyond their limitations to bring home the title?

Speed: Delery has decent speed and good footwork. I think Delery is going to have to throw more than Rodriguez and keep moving, while fighting from the outside, throwing different combinations. I believe Delery has the reach and the ability to fight Rodriguez on the outside. Rodriguez has decent speed but more importantly he throws from different angles. I think Rodriguez can play two parts in this fight. Rodriguez can bring the pressure, cut the ring off and smother Delery or he can be patient, time it right and explode on Delery.

Power: You never know a fighter’s power until you stand on the receiving end of a punch. Rodriguez has explosive power that comes out when least expected. Unfortunately, I did not go the distance with Delery to feel his power. Delery put me down with a well-placed punch to the kidney. I felt some of Delery’s other punches, but I didn’t get into a good exchange with him to feel him bring it, so I can’t give a good review on Delery’s power. Rodriguez has a stiff jab and a solid right. His basic punches are solid, which sets up his hooks and upper cuts. I honestly don’t think Delery can fight Rodriguez on the inside.

Footwork: Rodriguez has good footwork and has a solid foundation. You hardly every see him stumble over his own feet or lose balance. This discipline works to his benefit. Rodriguez closes the distance well and is a well balanced fighter. Delery has decent footwork. He has a solid foundation, but I think he is going to have to move and outwork Rodriguez to win this fight. Rodriguez will have to stalk Delery, bring the pressure and make the fight uncomfortable for him.   

Defense: Delery does a good job at keeping his hands up to defend himself. Rodriguez does the same but he also knows how to counter after being touched. Both fighters have great defense, but this can be a boring fight if they decide to both wait.

Toughness: Both guys are tough, respectable fighters. I think this will be a good test for both of them. I think whoever wants it more will be the tougher fighter during the fight.

Cardio: Rodriguez is in great shape. I’ve seen Rodriguez give it his all, during all three rounds. I’ve seen Delery come out throwing a lot of punches during the first two rounds, but he slows down during the third round. I know Delery is not taking Rodriguez lightly, so I’m sure he will be prepared to give it his all.

Prediction: I think Delery is going to have to stay busy, throwing lots of punches and keep Rodriguez thinking. Delery has to be in top shape to fight this way. Rodriguez also has to train hard and stay disciplined. I think Rodriguez will have to cut the ring off, bring pressure, and let his hands go. This is a fight I will be at. Either way it goes, I respect both fighters, they have to expect the unexpected and don’t take each other lightly.  

Venue: Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. Doors open at 5pm, Fights start at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door. $25.00 General Admission, $50.00 Ringside.

Jul 2018 16

911-FIGHT-2018Fight fans you asked for it. Here it is! 911 Fight Night UCA Championship Boxing Doubleheader. The UCA #1 ranked Remin Pineda, Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept will challenge the undefeated 3rd ranked Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept for the vacant UCA Middleweight Championship Title. 

The main event of the night will feature the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, Los Angeles Police Dept who will look to make history and become the 2nd fighter to hold two titles at the same time. Delery will take on the former reigning and defending UCA Jr Middleweight Champion #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept for the vacant UCA Jr Middleweight Championship Title.  Saturday August 18, 2018 at the Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. 

Jul 2018 15

Starting today the new Jr Heavyweight division will be added to the line up. Currently the Super Cruiserweight division is 190.1 lbs – 205 lbs and the Heavyweight division is 205.1 lbs – 220 lbs. Leaving a 14.9 pound gap between the weight classes. The Jr Heavyweight division will shrink the weight gap to 11 lbs and 8 lbs. The Super Cruiserweight division weight limit will now be 201 lbs and the Jr Heavyweight limit will be 212 lbs and the Heavyweight division will remain the same at 220 lbs. Who will be the first UCA Jr Heavyweight Champion?

Jul 2018 09

tcThe undefeated UCA Middleweight Champion Travis Clark, Stockton Police Department has voluntarily relinquished his title. Clark moved to Louisiana for a job promotion and doesn’t know when he will be available to fight again. He hasn’t defended his belt since October 2016 and doesn’t want to hold up the belt any longer. 

Jul 2018 07

The Battle of the Badges served up another exciting night of boxing Saturday night at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. The lineup featured some compelling fights including a UCA title fight between Charde Stevens, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. vs April Martinez, CDCR, CHCF. Here are the results from the night.

DSC_5899 (800x530)The show kicked off with a pair of Middleweights. 5th ranked Sterling Ingram, U.S. Navy vs. Gerardo Garcia, CDCR-DVI. Ingram has his eye on the UCA Middleweight title and was looking to separate himself from the pack. Garcia was making his ring debut and looking to make a name for himself. When these warriors came out of their corners there was a short feeling out period before they were trading leather. Garcia was holding his ground against the 5th ranked Ingram and edged out the first round. Ingram picked up the pace and started landing some clean shots in the 2nd. One round a piece going into the 3rd. Ingram found his rhythm in the third. He was using good footwork, landing clean punches, moving in and out, staying out of range and making Garcia miss. Ingram winner by decision.

BOB_9323 (800x511)The Masters UCA #1 ranked Light Heavyweight Izzy Montes, CDCR, CSP Sacramento returned to the ring looking to stay busy after his disappointing loss to Mike Hagen, CHP in April for the Masters UCA Light Heavyweight Title. Montes squared off with civilian fighter Mike McIntyre who trains out of Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness Gym. Montes did not do enough against Hagen and did not want to make the same mistake against McIntyre. When the bell rang Montes stayed busy throwing punches in bunches keeping McIntyre on defense.  McIntyre had a good jab and would land when he threw it. Montes outworked McIntyre for 3 rounds picking up the win by unanimous decision. Montes wants another crack at the Champion Hagen.

DSC_5930 (800x582)Super Heavyweights Matt Eleopoulos – Solano County DA’s Office vs. Craig Hamblin – CDCR-Solano State Prison. The big question surrounding this fight is, Will Hamblin’s “O” go? Hamblin stepped into the ring in hopes of getting his first win against the Masters 8th ranked Super Heavyweight Eleopoulos who will end a 12 month layoff. Hamblin hasn’t stopped fighting since he first stepped into the ring 7 years ago. Unfortunately, he has been on the losing end of every fight and carries a record of 0-7.  For Hamblin to lose seven times and continue to train and fight is a true testament of his persistence to not give up until he wins. When the bell sounded to start this highly anticipated fight both fighters came forward looking to establish their dominance. From bell to bell these guys were throwing and landing punches with bad intentions. When the final bell ended there was no clear winner. Tough fight to score. Did Hamblin do enough to pick up his first win? When the decision was announced it was Hamblin who would finally have his hand raised. Persistence pays off, congratulations to Craig Hamblin.

BOB_9599 (800x533)UCA #6 Cruiserweight Anthony Martinez – Madera Police Dept. vs. Aaron Benoit – CDCR-CHCF featured a high skill level match up. 30 seconds into the first round we all knew we were in for a great fight. Martinez is 1-0 and Benoit was making his ring debut but they looked like they each had 10 fights. They showed great balance, technique and composure. These guys may have met too early in their career. If these guys ever meet again it will be for the title. Beautiful jabs, right hands and body work were traded throughout the fight. Half way through the 3rd round both fighters stood in the middle of the ring and showed their warrior spirit and went at it throwing everything they had at each other.  When the final bell ended it was Benoit who would walk away with the win. What a fight! That is how you make an impact in your first fight, Aaron Benoit welcome to the UCA! 

DSC_6000 (800x529)In what was considered the “UCA Fight of the Night” Heavyweights Robert Mantilla – CDCR-CHCF and Rusty Snyder – CDCR-Folsom Prison slugged it out for three rounds. These guys completely emptied themselves in a full on dogfight to prove who was the better fighter.  Both fighters refused to back down. This was a tremendous fight with both fighters giving everything they had of themselves. When the dust settled both fighters came to the center of the ring to hear the judge’s decision. When the score cards were added up it was Folsom Prison’s Rusty Snyder who would have his hand raised.  Rumors are Rusty Snyder may hang em up for good. I hope the rumors aren’t true, Snyder is too gifted of an athlete to not keep fighting

IMG_7530 (638x423)Jr Middleweights Jekora Robinson – CDCR-CHCF vs. Jessica Gamez – CDCR-Mule Creek State Prison When the bell rang these ladies didn’t waste any time getting to know each other. They came out swinging. Jekora was the stronger puncher and seemed to land more punches in the exchanges. Gamez held her ground absorbed the punches and answered back with her own. When the final bell ended is was Robinson who would be announced the winner.

IMG_7531 (640x427)Anthony Cross, CDCR, CSP Sacramento finally gets his chance to shine. Cross was set to fight UCA #3 Brent Pavey, Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Central California Battle of the Badges in April but was forced to pull out of the fight. The fight was rescheduled for the NorCal Battle of the Badges.  Unfortunately, Pavey was forced to pull out of that fight also. Cross was again left without an opponent. When Cross found out Pavey backed out again he said, “Get me a fight and I want a tough fight” Heartbeat Boxing (Fresno) coach Gilbert Ruiz said “I have a tough fighter who is ready to go.” Anthony Cross vs Carlos Cuadra was made.  When the bell rang to start this fight Cross was more than ready. He came forward pressing the action throwing heavy leather. Cuadra couldn’t keep Cross off him, he had to fight every second just to survive. “Pressure bursts pipes” and from bell to bell Cross continued to pressure and walk Cuadra down not giving him a chance to breathe. When the final bell sounded and the announcement was made it was Cross who would pick up the victory and extend his perfect record to 3-0. We may be looking at the next UCA Cruiserweight Champion?

FullSizeRender(38)Rashaan Jones – Solano County DA’s Office vs. Jay Devlin – U.S. Army. When the bell rang to start this Light heavyweight battle Jones came out of the blue corner looking to take control of the fight.  He wasn’t throwing with power but in volume. Jones overwhelmed Devlin never giving him a chance to rest. Ultimately, forcing Devlin to stay on the stool and not come out for the third round. Jones winner 2nd rd. TKO.

DSC_6167 (800x589)Super Middleweights Daniel Pacheco – American Ambulance vs. Andy Pholkham – U.S. Marines. Pacheco and Pholkham met in the center of the ring with the intention of making a statement that neither one is backing down. This brutal 3 round war showcased both fighters grit and toughness. Pholkham seemed to get the best of Pacheco in the exchanges and landed the cleaner punches. Pholkham winner by decision.

IMG_7533 (640x427)Welterweights Frank Quitugua – CDCR-CSP-CMF vs. Aaron Padilla – CDCR-San Quentin State Prison. This fight had a lot of drama surrounding it before the fighters entered the ring. Quitugua and Padilla use to train at the same gym before their trainers parted ways. Quitugua went with his trainer to Audacious Muay Thai in Vacaville and Padilla stayed at 8 Drums Martial Arts in Stockton. When the bell sounded Frank had a game plan and never deviated from it. He never sat in front of Padilla, he used good footwork, moved in and out and picked his spots to throw.  Padilla didn’t have an answer.  In the 3rd round Padilla changed the rhythm of the fight he came forward throwing punches and backing Quitugua to the ropes but it was too late. Quitugua winner by decision.

IMG_7534 (640x427)Jr Cruiserweights Troy Bennett – Consumnes Fire Dept. vs. Dragon Tran – CDCR-CSP-Sacramento. As soon as the fight started Bennett came out with a fast pace throwing punches in bunches. Dragon showed a big heart and landed a few punches of his own but Bennett was too much. He was overwhelming Dragon with punches and pressure forcing his corner to throw in the towel halfway through the second round. Bennett winner 2nd rd. TKO

IMG_7535 (628x407)Light Heavyweights Marcus Barrow – CDCR-Salinas Valley State Prison vs. Devin Desjarlais – Linda Fire Dept. Barrow is coming off a first round TKO win and was looking to add another mark in the win column. This was Desjarlais first fight and when the bell sounded Desjarlias looked like a veteran. Devin is a high school and college athlete, his athletic ability may be the reason he looked so good in his first fight.  Desjarlais is fundamentally sound with a good defense, good footwork and ring smarts. He doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses but it will take better opposition to really get a read on Devin’s ability. Barrow put up a hell of an effort and had his moments but couldn’t quite match Devin’s offense. Desjarlais winner by decision.

DSC_6366 (800x532)Heavyweights Donavon Lewis – Fresno Police Dept. vs. Shay McIntyre – CDCR-Folsom Prison This was a test for both fighters. For Shay it was a huge opportunity, beat Lewis and gain a significant win over a marque opponent and get back on track for another shot at the title. Lewis was facing a bigger opponent with more experience. When the bell sounded Lewis came out looking to take control of the fight early. Lewis fights with a lot of confidence.  He gets his confidence and mental toughness from his stablemates where he has to hold his own out of necessity more than by choice. Lewis spars and trains with guys like Evan Solorio, Joe Lopez, Chris Honeycutt, Ed Ruth and big brother Chris Lewis. His training transitions into the ring. He’s patient, moves around well, has good speed, and can punch. McIntyre was effective when he came forward and threw punches but he just didn’t do it enough. Lewis’s power shots, hand speed, and higher connect percentage were the difference in the fight. Lewis winner by decision.  Lewis extends his winning streak to 3-0 and gets one step closer to challenging the UCA Heavyweight Champ Marqus Blevins.

DSC_6475 (800x527)The night’s main attraction was for the UCA Super Welterweight Championship Title.  Charde Stevens – Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. vs. April Martinez – CDCR–CHCF. When two women step into the ring and put on a great performance it gives other women a sense of empowerment and the confidence to one day step in the ring and fight. Stevens and Martinez put on a great performance. This was a great style matchup. Stevens has the height and reach advantage and must keep her distance and keep Martinez at the end of her punches. Martinez the shorter power puncher must cut the ring off, get inside and work the body and head. When the bell sounded Stevens stayed on her bicycle moving around the ring sticking the jab and occasional right hand in Martinez face. Martinez came out in the 2nd round determined to close the distance and attack Stevens body. Martinez did a good job of cutting the ring off and trapping Stevens against the ropes and going to the body. One round a piece going into the 3rd. Who wants it? The 3rd round was a back and forth battle that delivered excitement and swings of momentum until the final bell. Both fighters had their moments. This one is going to the score cards. Regardless of the outcome it was a star making performance that put the super welterweight division on notice. What these lady warriors delivered was special. This fight was filled with unrelenting action from bell to bell that, other than the mandatory one-minute rest period between rounds, it felt like one extended round as they exchanged punches nonstop for virtually the entire fight. When the score cards were added up we had a winner. And the new….UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR, California Health Care Facility.