Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office fighter Steven Lee has been added to the April 11th card. Lee is traveling from Kansas and will touchdown in California on Thursday April 9th to compete in the Battle of the Badges. Lee will square off with Zachary Farris, CHP in a 3 round welterweight bout. Lee has a record of 1-1 and looks to add a victory over a California fighter to his resume. Lee has a tough task in front of him. Farris is hungry and anxious to get into the ring with someone. Despite having two fighters back out, he continues to train and improve. On Saturday April 11, 2015 Farris will finally get his chance to show the fans what he is made of. The Battle of the Badges takes place at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. $30 General Admission, $50 Reserved Ringside.
One local public safety officer will be making his debut and another will be defending his title at the second annual Central California Battle of the Badges, slated to take place in April. The charity boxing event will pit firefighters, law enforcement and military personnel from across the state in the ring to see who is worthy of being crowned a United Combat Association champion. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Hanford police officer John Henderson will be the first Kings County representative stepping into the ring against Madera police officer AJ Forestiere. The undercard Super Middleweight match-up marks both Henderson’s and Forestiere’s first amateur fight. “I’ve done a little boxing training in the past,” Henderson said of his fighting experience. “But I never actually been committed like I am now.” Henderson said in preparation for the match, he has been following a regimen consisting of a strict diet plan along with rigorous workouts on his days off. “It’s been a lot of work,” Henderson explained. “And the more and more I have been training, the more confident I am.” Making his second appearance in the ring is Avenal police officer DJ Vargas. In his first UCA fight, Vargas beat Big Bear City Firefighter Ricky Seward for the Middleweight State Championship title. This year he will be brawling for his first defense of the title against Quincy Mirage of the Los Angeles Police Department. Vargas, who has been training for the event since December, said he will be treating this match much like his last. “I’m going to stick to the same game plan,” Vargas said. “Getting into condition, sparring and roadwork.” With only a few weeks left before the contenders hit the ring, both Henderson and Vargas said they are looking forward to going pound-for-pound with their challengers. “I’m hoping we can put on a good show for the supporters of Kings County law enforcement,” Vargas said.
The title fight contract is signed as 3rd ranked Brandon Manning, LASD looks to pull off a huge upset win over Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD and become the new UCA Jr Middleweight Champion. If he wins it will be the second upset in a row for Manning. On November 14, 2014 Manning defeated the former title challenger Eddie Montano, LAPD by split decision. Manning is preparing harder than ever as he looks to dethrone the champion Rodriguez. The timing may be perfect for Manning. He is in peak condition, getting great sparring and is already close to the Jr Middleweight limit of 154lbs. Fans can expect Manning to bring his hard charging, technical brawling style into the ring next Saturday night. There are no easy fights with Manning he forces his opponents into a war. Will Manning make it two in a row and become the new UCA Jr Middleweight Champion? To see workout photos visit UCA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767 SoCal Battle of the Badges Saturday March 28, 2015 Pechanga Casino & Resort. Doors open at 5pm, first bell rings at 6pm. Purchase tickets at https://www.pechanga.com
The UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Francisco Flores, Stanislaus Sheriffs Dept. will be making his first title defense against undefeated 2nd ranked Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Flores is less than 4 weeks away from the biggest challenge of his career. The champ is training four to five days a week in the evening and does calisthenics in the morning. His roadwork consists of two to three mile runs with sprints mixed in. “I will be ready come fight time” Flores said. When asked if Sheklanian will be his toughest challenge, He said, “I think so. Shant and Walter I feel are my toughest challenges. When Flores was asked if this will be his last fight he said. “The competition is getting harder and harder. I’m the champion and I have to fight anyone regardless of how many fights they have. This will be my last fight unless I can get a 3rd fight with Walter (Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD). I feel I owe it to him. He beat me, I beat him, I think we need a 3rd fight.” Flores is not looking past Sheklanian. “I will be ready, if Shant beats me, he is the better fighter, I have no excuses” Flores is a champion who knows what it takes to win and is not about to relinquish his crown. Don’t wait, purchase your tickets now! General Admission $30, reserved Ringside $50. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium 400 N Douty St Hanford California.
Brent Farris, Butte County Probation and Zach Farris, California Highway Patrol will compete alongside each other on the same fight card when each steps into the ring to make their Battle of the Badges debuts on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. These identical twins are on the fast track to reach the top of the division. The strength of their brotherly bond is immediately apparent to anyone that sees them together. Brent and Zach push each other to be better. They critique each other in a positive way and motivate each other to push harder in training. Both brothers are supremely confident in their training and knowledge given to them by their trainers. Brent trains at Latasha Marzolla Muay Thai, The Hive, Chico, CA under coach Latasha Marzolla and Zach trains at Institute of Martial Arts, San Jose, CA under coach Jerome Turcan. Don’t wait, purchase your tickets now online or at the door. General Admission $30. Reserved Ringside $50. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium 400 N. Douty St. Hanford, CA. To see workout photos see UCA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
On Friday, February 27, 2015 Oxnard PAL played host to the UCA Jr Middleweight State Champion Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Rodriguez will make the first defense of his title at the SoCal Battle of the Badges event March 28, 2015, Pechanga Resort & Casino. Rodriguez will square off with the fearless and aggressive 3rd ranked Brandon Manning, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. Rodriguez trains in Oxnard an area that has produced some great fighters. He is trained by David Rodela a professional fighter and one of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners. Rodela puts Rodriguez through the same exercises and drills he learned from being in camp with Pacquiao. There is no doubt Rodriguez is the best Jr Middleweight in California and with a trainer like Rodela to give him the advice and knowledge he needs Rodriguez may be a champion for a long time. To see Fridays workout photos visit United Combat Association Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
Can Flores stop the undefeated 2nd ranked UCA Jr Welterweight Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. 5 people have tried and 5 people have failed. Does Sheklanian have what it takes to defeat the champion? Will Sheklanian become the new UCA Jr Welterweight Champion? Will Sheklanian suffer his first defeat? Those questions will be answered April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. General admission $30.00 Reserved Ringside $50.00. Doors open at 5pm fights start at 7pm.
For the next six weeks the City of Angels boxing gym will be the home for the LAPD boxing team. The fighters will be spending a lot of time at the gym preparing for the Battle of the Badges event April 11, 2015. On Saturday afternoon, Eddie Montano, Hector Mendoza, Chris Andrade and Quincy Mirage were put through a workout by their new coach. The fighters are training and learning under the tutelage of coach and former fighter, Jorge Gonzalez who has created a specific game plan for each fighter. He is building on each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. Gonzalez looks to catapult the team to new heights. He is pushing each fighter to be the best they can be. Gonzalez spoke with confidence about his fighters doing well on April, 11th. “We know what we have to do and we are going to win.” Gonzalez said. Don’t miss it! Battle of the Badges Saturday April 11, 2015 Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. General admission $30.00 Reserved Ringside $50.00. To see workout photos from Saturday visit United Combat Association Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767?ref=hl
The Central California Battle of the Badges returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium April 11, 2015 with another blockbuster night of UCA Championship boxing. The under-card is stacked with local talent and future title contenders. One of the many exciting bouts of the night will feature two fighters making their Battle of the Badges debut. Hanford Police Departments own John Henderson vs Madera Police Departments AJ Forestiere in a three round Super Middleweight showdown. Fans can expect an all action fight when these two warriors step into the ring. Also on the card will be 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. taking on 4th ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD in a 3-round UCA Jr Middleweight Title eliminator. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for the UCA crown held by Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD. The high light of the undercard features the return of the former #1 ranked Heavyweight Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. stepping back in the ring one last time to prove he is still the best. Williams will be taking on Louisiana Champion Anthony Deshautelle; Alexandria Police Dept. The best from California vs the best from Louisiana, Champion vs Champion for the UCA Masters Super Heavyweight Championship. It all goes down Saturday April 11, 2015 Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5:00 first fight at 7:00. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30.00 Reserved Ringside $50.00
The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. made a big splash in his amateur Muay Thai debut. On Saturday, February 21, 2015 Modesto, CA. Lewis took on hometown favorite Abel Esparza, Modesto, CA in a 3 round heavyweight fight. Lewis made quick work of Esparza punishing him with thunderous kicks and punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight half way through the 2nd round. After the fight Lewis was asked if he was nervous about fighting the hometown favorite, Lewis replied, “I’ve been hit by Cain Velasquez and Lavar Johnson and no one hits harder than those guys. I wasn’t worried at all.” All three fighters from the Buhawe Fighting Alliance team won their fights on Saturday. Lewis next fight will be April, 11, 2015, Hanford Civic Auditorium when he defends his UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title against the undefeated #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. To see Chris Lewis fight photos visit UCA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.875162799200889.1073742011.219484084768767&type=1
UCA 2nd Ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept prepares to go to war with 4th ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD in a Jr Middleweight showdown with major championship title implications riding on the line. Don’t miss this Jr Middleweight shootout between two of the best Public Safety fighters in the state April 11, 2015 Central California Battle of the Badges at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA. To see Chris Martinez workout photos visit UCA facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
There has been a change of opponent for the UCA Masters Super Heavyweight Championship Title Fight. Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. will now be fighting Louisiana’s Battle of the Badges Champion Anthony Deshautelle, Alexandria Police Dept. After speaking with Team Louisiana and in a constant effort to keep fights evenly matched we decided Deshautelle would be a better match up for Williams. The UCA takes every precaution to insure fighter safety and evenly match bouts. Williams and Deshautelle will battle it out for the UCA Masters State Championship Title and Public Safety Boxing History. Don’t wait, tickets are on sale now! Tickets are only $30.00 General Admission and $50.00 Reserved Front Row. Battle of the Badges April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.
Pechanga Resort and Casino will be the site of the first Battle of the Badges event of the year. The card features a star studded line up. The highlight of the card will feature the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. defending his title against the hard charging 3rd ranked Brandon Manning, LASD. Manning picked up the biggest win of his career defeating the former Jr Middleweight title challenger Eddie Montano, LAPD. and plans on making it two upsets in a row and adding another UCA title to the LASD Team. Rodriguez may be the most complete fighter in the game. He can fight on the inside as well as the outside and puts together beautiful combinations with power and speed. Styles make fights and with Manning’s straight-ahead aggressive style and Rodriguez precision punching and calculating attack this makes for a great fight. Don’t miss this great night of boxing Saturday March 28, Pechanga Resort Casino. For tickets and more information visit www.socalbattleofthebadges.com.
The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. held an open workout in Fresno with his Buhawe Fighting Alliance team. Lewis displayed power and speed as he sparred, hit the bags and focus mitts. Lewis will face #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. in an earth shattering main event for the UCA State Championship Title. Fans can anticipate a war when Lewis and Masse enter the ring. April 11, 2015, Central California Battle of the Badges, Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now! To see workout photos visit UCA Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
Despite Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept. being stripped of his title as the UCA Super Heavyweight Champion due to injury and inability to compete this may not be the end. “I’m going to sit out for awhile,” Jones said. “I want to get my knees stronger and back in good shape. I will see where I’m at and how I’m feeling.” If Jones decides to hang up the gloves for good, he left on top. He beat the best out there and established himself as the best Super Heavyweight in California. Jones captured the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title at the NorCal Battle of the Badges April 20, 2013 by defeating the former 2nd ranked Rahsaan Harrison, LASD by decision. Jones went on to defend his title at the Central California Battle of the Badges April 19, 2014 against former top ranked Shay McIntyre, Folsom Prison. Jones climbed his way to the top by picking off John Afanasiev, Stockton Police Dept. and Adam Zamudio, Fresno Sheriff Dept. Whether or not Cleon Jones returns to the ring he will always be remembered as one of the best Super Heavyweights in California.
Richard de Give Sports Editor
AVENAL – There’s been a change of command at the Avenal Police Activities League gym. With the retirement of Armando Mancinas, who founded the Kings Boxing Club in 1999, Senior Officer Dennis Vargas has taken over coaching duties at the gym that has produced 2014 Olympian and NABF junior middleweight champ Jose Ramirez and potential 2016 Olympian Marisol Lopez. Mancinas, a former All-Army boxing champ, is also a retired correctional counselor. “After 14 years of developingg young boxers, I decided to focus on my own family,” Mancinas said. “I took early retirement to get Jose to the Olympics, got him to 8-0 as a pro, and he decided to go train with Freddie Roach. I decided I didn’t want to be in that position again.”
Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. once a major star in Public Safety Boxing, winning gold medals in the Police Olympics and establishing himself as one of the best fighters in California makes his much anticipated return to the ring. Williams will return to action April 11, 2015 to square off with Louisiana’s best James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept for the UCA Masters Heavyweight State Championship Title. Team Moore is traveling to California in hopes of bringing the UCA belt back to Louisiana to prove they have the best fighters. This history making fight takes place Saturday April 11, 2015 as a part of the Central California Battle of the Badges event being held at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30.00, reserved front row $50.00.
With less than 3 months before the most anticipated Battle of the Badges event of the year, fighters showed up to Thrive Fresno Training Center, Fresno California for media day. The fighters were photographed as they worked out and talked about the upcoming April 11, 2015 event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Main event fighter Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. sparred and shadowboxed while, Middleweight UCA Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. displayed his footwork and speed. The undefeated 2nd ranked Jr Welterweight Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. was on hand looking in tip top shape. 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno PD, 10th ranked Devon Dejoie, Navy and Battle of the Badges newcomer AJ Forestiere, Madera PD worked out and talked about their training and thoughts on their opponents. Bryan Williams, Fresno PD talked about his much anticipated return to the ring against Louisiana Battle of the Badges Champion James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept. Contract negations are still being worked out for this Masters UCA Heavyweight State Championship Title fight. The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty Street. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30 Reserved front Row $50. Doors open at 5pm. Fights start at 7pm. To see photos from Thrive Training Center visit UCA Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.861514460565723.1073742006.219484084768767&type=1
On Saturday April 11, 2015, UCA Championship Boxing returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium for the 2nd annual Central California Battle of the Badges. The main event of this UCA Triple Header features a high octane super heavyweight championship fight between two of the best and most athletic super heavyweights in the state. Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. defends his UCA Super Heavyweight Title against battle tested, #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. The co main event features hometown favorite UCA Middleweight State Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. making the first defense of his title against hard hitting #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, Los Angeles Police Dept. Rounding out this championship night of boxing will be the best Jr Welterweight in the state Francisco Flores, Stanislaus Sheriff’s Dept. taking on the undefeated 2nd ranked Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or at the door the day of the event. General admission $30.00, Reserved front row $50.00. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 North Douty Street, Hanford CA. 93230. The host hotel for the event is Tachi Palace located at 17225 Jersey Avenue Lemoore, CA 93245. Mention the Battle of the Badges to get the special room rate of $105 a night.
The UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion Kyle Stewart, USMC is leaving the amateur ranks and will be testing his skills as a professional. Stewart is the UCA State Champion and King of the Cage Champion and will be looking to make a name for himself as an MMA fighter in Bellator and the UFC. Before Stewart turns professional he will represent Arizona in the Elite Amateur Fight League. The UCA wishes Mr. Stewart luck in his professional endeavors.
The Elite Amateur Fight League is a nationally competitive team based MMA organization comprised of individual teams to form a league. Each team is made up of 7 fighters, one per weight class. The format is similar to the most successful sports leagues in America. In season one, 4 teams will participate in a playoff style tournament to determine a champion. The league is designed to improve the amateur MMA landscape by providing a platform for national level talent to compete against each other and gain national level exposure while providing fans of the sport a single portal to watch the future stars of mixed martial arts.
UCA Fight of the Night: Awarded to Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. and Iulia Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek Prison. Two fighters who delivered the most action packed, back and forth, edge of your seat excitement. Masse and Tuua gave the fans just about everything they could want from a fight. They were tested and proved they are true modern day gladiators.
These UCA champions have pushed public safety boxing to new heights and opened the door to credibly and validation. Becoming a UCA champion is the benchmark of public safety boxing success. These fighters have the make up, personality traits and the character to handle the adversity, risks, challenges, and setbacks in life and in the ring. They used their God-given talents to reach their full potential and allow nothing to come between them and their goal. These champions had one chance to fight hard, fight smart, keep their composure, be the more emotionally mature fighter and they seized the moment. 6 minutes of work, to live the rest of their life a champion.
2014 UCA Year in review
Public safety boxing put an exclamation point on 2014 with some amazing events and great fights. The fighters are transitioning into a new breed of super athlete that is elevating boxing and showing how far public safety boxing has evolved. The various Battle of the Badges events throughout California this year gave fans excitement, anticipation, high skill level fights, unpredictable outcomes, undiscovered talent, new challengers, and new champions. The Battle of the Badges is the biggest amateur boxing event with capacity crowds reaching between 1000-4000 for each show. The Battle of the Badges continues to expand by bringing out more fans and the next generation of fighters. With the popularity of public safety boxing, fans and fighters have to be excited about the 2015 season.
UCA Promoter of the Year
Mike Young, (LASD Retired) put on two of the biggest events of the year. The LA Battle of the Badges featured the biggest names in public safety boxing and made for one of the most talent stacked cards of recent years. The card featured 4 UCA State Championship Title fights and future championship contenders. Two months later Mr. Young out did himself with a bigger crowd and more exciting fights at the Fight for Life event which benefited the City of Hope Children’s Hospital.
Event of the Year
The Central California Battle of the Badges turned out to be a major magnitude event. It was the first Battle of the Badges to be held in Central California. The doors were blown off from the excitement and energy in the auditorium. The show was a huge success and has now become an annual event.
2014 UCA Fighter of the Year
A fighter who directly impacts Public Safety boxing by the way he/she performs in the ring. A fighter that stood out from the rest and proved they are the best by challenging and defeating the toughest opponents.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD, Jr Welterweight Champion
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD, Jr Middleweight Champion
DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. Middleweight Champion
Matthew Pereida, LASD, Super Middleweight Champion
Kyle Stewart, USMC, Light Heavyweight Champion
Brian Stevens, LASD Cruiserweight Champion
Mike Frazier, LASD, Heavyweight Champion
Chris Lewis, Fresno SD, Super Heavyweight Champion
Cleon Jones, Yolo Co. SD, Masters Super Heavyweight Champion
A trainer 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 trainer is one of the most important ones.
Mando Guzman, (LASD retired) 3X UCA Trainer of the Year
2014 UCA Show Stealer
A performance that unexpectedly draws so much attention and excitement, it becomes the most talked about fight of the night.
Pierce Masse, Fresno PD vs. Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison. No one knew what to expect when the bell rang. The anticipation and excitement was at an all-time high. What the fans got was a memorable all action, all heart, all-out fight. (NorCal Battle of the Badges 10-11-14)
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation and Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD arrived seemingly out of nowhere during last year’s Central California Battle of the Badges. They put on a memorable performance to become the newest top females in public safety boxing. (Central Cal Battle of the Badges 4-19-14)
A fighter that has power in both hands and can end a fight at any moment with one punch.
Larry Cervantes, LASD
Kyle Stewart, USMC
Bert Castaneda, LAPD
Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
2014 Fights that got away
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD vs. Jorge Caamal, LASD (2)
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Mike Gomez, CDCR
Chris Lewis, Fresno County SD vs. Mike Gomez, CDCR
DJ Vargas, Avenal PD vs. Quincy Mirage, LAPD
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD
Jessica Glissmeyer, CDCR vs. Ruby Aguirre, LAPD
Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara PD vs. Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County SD
UCA Chin of Granite
A boxer with the amazing ability to take huge shots and continue fighting.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD
Mike Barragan, LAPD
Joshua Beuster, Coalinga State Hospital PD
Rishard Hayes, Tribal Public Safety Officer
Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept.
2014 UCA Top Ranked Fighters Missing In Action
Lindsay Dozier, Fresno PD
Crysti Resendez, San Bernardino SD
Shannon Lopez, LAPD
Neil Tremethick, Army
Jorge Salazar, Riverside SD
Rahsaan Harrison, LASD
Manuel Zavala, CDCR
Adam Acuna, Baldwin Park PD
Angel Vasquez, LASD
Erik Ramirez, LASD
Jed McNamara, ABC
Louie Vaca, CDCR
Chris Barrios, LASD
Mike Barragan, LAPD
Nick Bennalack, Anaheim PD
Fighters to keep an eye on
Joseph Flahavan, Glendale Fire Dept.
Rudy Gutierrez, Army National Guard
Connor Bauman, LA Co. Fire Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP
Benjamin Dobbs, Navy
Dre Fonseca, LAPD
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation
Savannah Stewart, Richmond Police Dept.
Shannon Lopez, LAPD
Brandon Manning, LASD
Iulian Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
Hector Tamayo, Pechanga Fire Dept.
Bodin Vimolchalao, Alameda SD
Bill Evangalista, Big Bear City FD
Larry Swanson, LASD
Robert Tamayo, Monterey County Probation
Shawn Sutherland, Big Bear City FD
Chris Anaya, Roseville FD
Remin Pineda, LASD
Jesse Zaranaga, LASD
Jose Corral. LASD
Deserves a title shot
Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino SD
Larry Cervantes, LASD
Alan Rojas, LASD
Jorge Salazar, Riverside SD
2014 UCA Upset of the Year
A fighter who enters a contest a considerable favorite and is defeated by an unknown or unranked fighter.
Unknown Jesus Gonzales,Cathedral City PD defeated #1 ranked Carlos Vega, Orange Co SD
Unknown Asiah Ameda, SBSD defeated#1 ranked Juanita Aragon, Morongo PS
Unknown Travon Taylor, OCSD defeated 3rd ranked Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow PD
Unranked Connor Bauman, LA Co Fire Dept. defeated 5th ranked Brandon Manning, LASD
Unranked Jesse Zaranaga, LASD defeated 3rd ranked Brian Petrella, Pasadena PD
5th ranked Brandon Manning, LASD defeated #1 ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD.
Unranked Manny Amaya, LASD defeated 4th ranked Bert Castaneda, LAPD.
Unranked Kyle Stewart, USMC defeated #1 ranked Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County SD
Unranked Joseph Flahavan, Glendale FD defeated 5th ranked Jose Corral, LASD
2014 UCA Classic Rematches
Rematches are the result of a close, intense, all action, competitive fight, where both camps believe they won. The close decisions of these fights made fans begging for a rematch.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD
Chris Martinez, Fresno PD vs. Brandon Manning, LASD (Trilogy)
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs. Eddie Montano, LAPD
Matthew Pereida, LASD vs. Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Shay McIntyre, CDCR
Brian Stevens, LASD vs. Travon Taylor, Orange County SD
Pierce Masse, Fresno PD vs. Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus County SD vs. Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation vs. Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD
Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino SD vs. Juanita Aragon, Morongo Public Safety Officer
2015 UCA State Championship Title Fights in the Making
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD (Jr. Welterweight Title)
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD vs. David Bermudez, East Bay Reg Parks PD (Welterweight Title)
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs. Chris Martinez, Fresno PD (Jr Middleweight Title)
DJ Vargas, Avenal PD vs. Quincy Mirage, LAPD (Middleweight Title)
Kyle Stewart, USMC vs. Travon Taylor, Orange County SD (Light Heavyweight Title)
Brian Stevens, LASD vs. Guillermo Garcia, LAPD (Cruiserweight Title)
Alan Rojas, LASD vs. Chris Barrios, LASD (Super Cruiserweight Title)
Mike Frazier, LASD vs. Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow PD (Heavyweight Title)
Chris Lewis, Fresno SD vs. Pierce Masse, Fresno PD (Super Heavyweight Title)
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation vs. Kayla Loyd, Ruston Louisiana PD (Super Featherweight Title)
Brian Williams, Fresno PD vs. James Moore, Monroe, Louisiana Fire Dept. (Masters Heavyweight Title)
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Anthony Deshantee, Monroe, Louisiana Fire Dept. (Masters Super Heavyweight Title)
Matt Pereida, LASD, Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD, Chris Lewis, Fresno SD, Kyle Stewart, USMC and Mike Frazier, LASD have dedicated years of hard work to perfect their craft. They had the courage to risk failure, knowing that setbacks are only lessons to learn from. They live a life of discipline where a lot of pleasures are denied to be 100% prepared for battle. They refuse to join the ranks of mediocrity. They are champions.
All eyes were on the squared circle Friday night at the Quiet Cannon for the 21st annual Fight for Life charity boxing event. The near capacity crowd got their money’s worth as fighters from LAPD and LASD displayed their talent, heart, grit and will to win until the final bell.
Results provided by #1 ranked Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD.
Bout 1 (154lbs) David Chung, LASD vs Aldo Rodriguez, LAPD. A more experienced Chung kept Rodriguez on the outside throughout the fight by landing jabs, left hooks, & the occasional right hand. What Rodriguez lacked in experience, he made up for with persistence & courage, and kept coming forward. Both men showed great sportsmanship throughout the fight. Chung winner by decision.
Bout 2 (168lbs) Hector Mendoza, LAPD vs. Jonathan Virgen, YAL (Ponce De Leon Gym). Mendoza displayed really good skill, switching up from orthodox to southpaw, confusing Virgen at times. Mendoza fought a tactical fight and landed the cleaner, harder shots. But Virgen was the busier fighter of the two; throwing punches in bunches all through the fight. This fight could’ve gone either way, but Virgen would get the nod from the judges due to his volume punching. Virgen winner by decision.
Bout 3 (175lbs) Mike Hernandez, LASD vs Brendy Ponce, LAPD. Both fighters came out displaying much skill & experience. Ponce would look to land his killer right hand while Hernandez moved and boxed, catching Ponce on the way in with a well-timed jab & left hook. Ponce would have some success early on landing some solid 1, 2′s and using effective head movement, but the difference in the fight was Hernandez’ quick combinations and footwork. Both fighters would earn each other’s respect & that of the crowd’s. Hernandez winner by split decision.
Bout 4 (190lbs) Mario Perez, LASD vs. Louis Garcia, YAL (Ponce De Leon Gym). Garcia would win the 1st round by keeping the power-punching Perez on the outside with his jab & his footwork. Perez would come back to land the cleaner combos & harder punches the rest of the fight. Perez winner by decision.
Bout 5 (175lbs) Remin Pineda, LASD vs. Chris Andrade, LAPD. Pineda showed experience & boxing skills, and flustered a very green Andrade with clean combinations. Andrade who is taller & has a longer reach seemed more intent on mixing it up with Pineda…to his detriment. A standing 8-count would be given to Andrade in the beginning of the 1st. In the 2nd round, Andrade came out applying his jab & 1, 2 combo. He utilized his height & reach advantage over a shorter, yet confident Pineda. LAPD corner must’ve urged Andrade to do so during the 1 minute break. Andrade would finish the round by keeping an aggressive Pineda at the end of his punches and landed more shots. At the start of the 3rd, Andrade came out with a renewed sense of confidence…being cheered on & pumped up by the sizable crowd there to see him. Chants of “Metro! Metro!” (Division) heard. Both fighters started out with some flurries & went toe to toe for a bit, but Andrade had more in the tank. Andrade then caught a slower & more winded Pineda with a solid straight right that sent him back into the ropes. Standing 8-count given to Pineda. Though fatigue had set in on both fighters, they went at it full tilt to end the 3rd. The fight would end with loud crowd approval. It could’ve easily gone either way. Early “Fight of the Night” candidate. Pineda winner by split decision.
Bout 6 (175lbs) Jake Ching, LA Co. FD vs. Gerardo Pachuca, LASD. Both fighters would have their moments. Pachuka was game and gave it his all, but the difference was Ching’s cleaner boxing combinations, footwork, and conditioning. Ching winner by decision.
Bout 7 (132lbs) Dre Fonseca, LAPD vs. Marina Lizarraga, LASD. An action-packed fight from the get-go! Both fighters flew out of the gate, firing fast & furious 1, 2′s at each other for the entire first 20 seconds of the fight! Fonseca ducked, used quick lateral movement, & angles to avoid Lizarraga’s longer reach. Fonseca would then land the stiffer jabs & cleaner right hands all through the 2nd. Very loud chants of “Li-za-rra-ga!” & “Dre! Dre! Dre!” heard throughout the ballroom. Lizarraga would have her best round in the 3rd, landing hooks & uppercuts as Fonseca made her way in. These ladies set out to prove they were warriors and fought fast & hard to the end. The amount of heart they displayed was tremendous! At the final bell, the crowd rose to their feet. Their roar was loud & deafening. Both fighters brought with them their fair share of fans, and would make many more by the time the fight finished. Fonseca winner by decision. This bout would receive “Fight of the Night” honors.
Bout 8 (154lbs) Eddie Montano, LAPD vs. Brandon Manning, LASD. Two fighters with contrasting styles. Manning used his mauling, brawling style to stay busy in the clinch and tie Montano up all fight long. Montano wasn’t able to shake Manning off him to get the space he needed to get off his combinations. Manning winner by decision.
Bout 9 (230lbs) Bert Castaneda, LAPD vs. Manny Amaya, LASD. Puncher vs. boxer. Castaneda tried to land some hard right hands & left hooks early on. Amaya used his range to keep on the outside & tied Castaneda up on the inside to stay out of danger. Amaya was the busier fighter. He used good footwork and landed more punches. Castaneda would land a few good bombs of his own in the 3rd, but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Amaya winner by decision.
The greatest rivalry in Public Safety boxing returns to the Quiet Cannon, Friday November 14, 2014 for the Fight for Life charity boxing event. The Fight for Life is a unique event that features a highly competitive, yet friendly rivalry between boxers from the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. to raise money for the City of Hope Children’s Hospital. These selfless fighters understand the bigger picture, which is helping others, and the residents of Los Angeles have taken notice as the event has continually grown in popularity. The Los Angeles Police Department and Sheriff’s Department have been keeping this tradition going for years and unlike their professional counterparts, they fight for a selfless cause—charity. Over the years the rivalry has been a balanced one with both teams winning their fair share of fights. Currently, the LASD team has the stronger team, but not long ago it was LAPD that was the powerhouse amid the competition. The intensity of the rivalry varies from a friendly competition to a more serious one when top level fighters compete. The spirit of competition far exceeds any expectation one could have for such a noble cause. The Fight for Life event is really something to watch and Friday night will be nothing short of another exciting night of public safety boxing action featuring top flight talent.
Another huge success for the SoCal Battle of the Badges. Ten epic fights produced a great night of Public Safety boxing entertainment Saturday night at the Pala Casino Spa Resort. The Co Main event featured a UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship Title fight between 2nd ranked Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. “King of the Cage Champion” Kyle Stewart, USMC. The Main event featured the #1 ranked Cruiserweight Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Nick Herstine, Security Officer.
There is a new force in the light heavyweight division and his name is Kyle Stewart United States Marine Corps. Stewart seized the moment with a perfectly landed one two punch combination ten seconds into the 3rd round to become the new UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion. It was a chess match of a fight leading up to the stoppage. The first two rounds were fought perfectly by both fighters. Brathwaite and Stewart strategically set up each move and were never out of position. When the bell sounded to start the 3rd round both fighters came forward and Stewart saw a slight opening and threw a jab, right hand that landed right on target. Brathwaite would hit the canvas but he is a warrior and is most dangerous when he is hurt. He has proved he can get off the canvas and turn the fight around. Although Brathwaite beat the count and wanted to continue the referee called a halt to the bout. Stewart winner 3rd round TKO.
Also in action was the #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. returning to ring on the heels of a major setback in his career losing by split decision to the UCA Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens, LASD. Taylor got back to his winning ways by defeating the hungry Nick Herstine, Security Officer. There could be a light heavyweight dream fight on the horizon. Team Taylor is in discussions of having Travon drop down to the light heavyweight division and challenging the New Champion Kyle Stewart, USMC in the SoCal Battle of the Badges in March, 2015.
Big time UCA Championship boxing marks this dream fight match up. The UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship belt will be up for grabs when Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. faces King of the Cage amateur champion, Kyle Stewart, United States Marine Corps. Do not leave your seats when these phenomenal athletes step into the ring. The action takes place at the SoCal Battle of the Badges, Saturday October 18, 2014 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. Fights start at 6:30.
Saturday night’s encounter between 2nd ranked, Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. and Kyle Stewart, USMC promises to be a special one. The talk and training is over, it’s time to fight. It won’t be easy, both fighters will be tested and pushed harder than ever before but the fighter who makes it out on the other side will have their hand raised in victory and claim the title of best light heavyweight in California. Stewart is 8-1 and the King of the Cage Champion. Brathwaite is the 2nd ranked Cruiserweight and carries a 5-2 record. Regardless of the records, the height, the age or experience these guys are warriors and want to compete against the best. Both fighters are coming into this fight with momentum. Stewart is coming off his King of the Cage title defense win September 16, 2014. Brathwaite is sparring and training at Wild Card Gym and dropping from 190lbs to the Light Heavyweight division and will be bringing his power with him. Matchups like this raise the bar for Public Safety boxing and are what make Battle of the Badges events so exciting. Show up early if you plan on buying tickets at the door. The SoCal Battle of the Badges takes place at the Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Doors open at 6:30, tickets start at $20.00.
The UCA title fight agreement contracts are signed for the most intriguing title fight to date. Former Cruiserweight title challenger Jamaal Braithwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Office returns to the ring for another shot at boxing glory. On October 18, 2014 in the SoCal Battle of the Badges, Brathwaite will face Kyle Stewart, United States Marine Corps for the UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship Title. Brathwaite is relinquishing his Cruiserweight 2nd ranking and dropping down to the Light Heavyweight division to challenge (8-1) King of the Cage amateur champion and Battle of the Badges newcomer Stewart for the vacant UCA title that was once held by James Davis, Folsom Prison and Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara Police Dept. Brathwaite will be returning to the ring after a 14 month lay off. Brathwaite isn’t looking at this fight as a comeback fight, it’s more like a breakout fight. 175lbs is Brathwaite’s natural weight and if he can sneak past Steward he may be the Light Heavyweight King for a long time. Brathwaite vs Stewart is a very intriguing matchup. Brathwaite is a top level boxer and Stewart is a top level MMA fighter. The question on a lot of people’s minds will be answered Saturday night can an MMA fighter beat a boxer? It all goes down at the SoCal Battle of the Badges this Saturday night at Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Tickets start at $20.00, doors open at 6:30.
The Square Vision, UCA Capital City Explosion, Battle of the Badges event lived up to the hype and expectations, delivering the fans an action packed night of professional and amateur boxing. The lineup looked fantastic on paper, and proved to be even better when the fighters stepped into the ring. High-level boxing, great technique, unmatched athleticism, knockouts and come-from-behind victories. It was a special card and a great night of fights that raised money for Multiple Scleroses, Race to Erase MS. This card is going to be tough to beat. Not only was the card stacked with amateur and professional talent, tickets were sold at an unbelievable price of $25.00 for General Admission and $40.00 for Ringside. The fighters were competing for more than a victory they were fighting to help find a cure for MS. Eight very proud Public Safety fighters were on the card and they did not disappoint.
The first UCA fight featured Josh Webb, CHP vs. Battle of the Badges newcomer Jason Gutknecht, Madera Police Dept. Webb’s game plan was to keep the fight on the outside and keep Gutknecht on defense by throwing a lot of punches. Gutknecht’s plan was to find a home for his powerful straight left hand. Webb would execute his game plan first landing a straight right hand scoring a flash knockdown. Gutknecht would get right up and continue to come forward. Gutknecht had his moments and was most effective when he worked behind his jab. Gutknecht seemed to slow down half way through the 2nd round and Webb began to pull away out working Gutknecht. Webb boxed brilliantly on the outside with good footwork, head movement and mixing up his punches to the body and head. Webb winner by decision.
The energy and excitement was at its peak when Super Heavyweights Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. and Iulia Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek Prison squared off. This is the one everyone was waiting for. As soon as the bell sounded Tuua came straight at Masse with deadly intent. Tuua caught Masse with a hard shot in the first round and it looked like it this fight would be done in one. Masse would receive a standing 10 count. When the fight resumed Masse stayed on the outside looking to establish his jab and keep Tuua at a safe distance. Masse would land a good combination before Tuua would close the distance and land another devastating blow. Tuua has horseshoes in his gloves and whatever he hits, he destroys. The referee would step in again and take a good look at Masse as he gave him a standing 10 count. The three knockdown rule was in effect and one more knock down and the fight is over. Masse would survive the first round but was in serious trouble. Masse did some good work in the round but was clearly behind on the score cards. Masse’s trainer Bryan Williams, Fresno PD pleaded with his fighter to not sit in front of Tuua and to move and box. Masse started the 2nd round on steady legs, boxing and moving like a lightweight. Tuua was visibly exhausted in the 2nd round and tried to land a big punch before he ran out of gas completely. Masse would press the action and catch Tuua with a 3 punch combination against the ropes but Tuua was too tired to answer back prompting the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout. Pierce winner 2nd rd TKO. What a fight! Not only did Tuna and Masse steal the show, they also picked up “Fight of the Night” honors. These two gladiators will meet again.
Josh Tann, Cal Fire vs Chris Anaya, Roseville Fire Dept. featured two evenly matched fighters with the same skill set. Who would impose their will on the other? Round one and two were very close. Both fighters threw and landed the same amount of punches. Even fight going into the 3rd round whoever comes out hard, wins the fight. Anaya would initiate the action and come forward throwing three punches to Tann’s one. Tann and Anaya made it a tough fight for the judges at ringside to score. Anaya would pick up the decision win due to his offensive output in the 3rd round.
And the New….
Congratulations to Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. on becoming the new UCA Super Heavyweight State Champion. Chris Lewis took on Zeke Johnston, (civilian) Security Officer in Saturday night’s UCA Main Event. Both fighters came out hard at each other to start the fight. The pace would eventually slow down and Lewis would find his openings and land some clean shots against the hard charging Johnston. Johnston gave a good account of himself against the younger fighter but Lewis was just too good. Lewis moved comfortably around the ring working angles and mixing up his punches. Lewis finished strong landing a straight right hand forcing the referee to take a close look at Johnston and administer a standing 10 count. When the bell sounded to end the fight Lewis would pick up a three-round unanimous decision win over the grizzled veteran Zeke Johnston. With the win, Lewis remains perfect and claims the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Strap. The win also sets up an earth shattering blockbuster Super Heavyweight State Championship title fight against Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. in the Central California Battle of the Badges April, 11, 2015 at the Civic Auditorium.
It was a huge night for public safety boxing as UCA fighters competed on the same card a professional fighters and perhaps future world champions. The public safety fighters did not disappoint and earned respect from the professional fighters and the fans.
October 11, 2014 will be a big night for public safety boxing. Continuing to break fresh ground, for the first time public safety fighters will be featured on the same card as professional fighters. Square Vision Entertainment and the United Combat Association present the Capital City Explosion, Battle of the Badges, Saturday night at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, Sacramento, California. Tickets are on sale now and start at only $25 dollars for general admission and $40 for Ringside. Don’t miss your chance to see the best professional and public safety boxers in California lay it all on the line for charity. Aside from the fighters being on the fast track toward title contention they will also be fighting to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Race to Erase MS. The event takes place tonight at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento CA. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm. Tickets are available online and will also be available at the door.