Some of the biggest names in the UCA converged on the Hanford Civic Auditorium Saturday April 8, 2017 for the 4th annual Battle of the Badges. The lineup of top fighters blew the doors off the hinges in front of a packed house. Three new UCA Champions were crowned and the fans were introduced to future stars. Lets find out how the action played out.
Bout 1 – Brent Pavey – Federal Bureau Prisons vs. Byron Chambers – San Bernardino County Probation, Cruiserweights making their UCA debut. A pair of range-finding jabs from each fighter touched off this night’s event when these two men met in the middle of the ring in the opening bout. Soon thereafter, a right cross from Chambers would land on Pavey’s jaw & would send him down on one knee. But Pavey got back up quickly during the ref’s count to 8. He then gathered himself and he then went right after Chambers. He shot a leaping left hook from a distance that would catch and surprise Chambers. But Chambers came right back with two monster right hands that would buzz Pavey and back him into a corner. Pavey tried his best to cover up from a barrage of punches Chambers threw, but the referee had to step in and give Pavey another 8-count in the first minute of the fight. It seemed that Pavey was in trouble early. After surviving the first stanza, Pavey came out in the second seeking retribution for Chambers’ earlier actions. He came out swinging hard, heavy leather, and would soon land a booming right hook on Chambers’ head that would have him on shaky legs. The referee would then be forced to give Chambers a standing 8-count of his own. Chambers fought on though, he jabbed off his back foot and tried his best to counter and stave off his opponent’s attack. But Pavey just continued to charge forward. He eventually landed a set of heat-seeking left and right hooks that would drop Chambers a total of three times in the third round. In a major turn of events, Pavey had come back and gotten himself some payback. The referee had seen enough though. He waved the fight off late in the round and declared Pavey the winner by TKO. My hat goes off to both fighters. What a great way to start off the night!
Bout 2 – Jose Bustillos, Navy vs Hugh Estrada, CHP. (Welterweights) Bustillos had a good 2 to 3 inch height advantage over Hugh Estrada. His arms were visibly longer as well. Bustillos would try to use those advantages by jabbing Estrada’s head from what seemed to be a safe distance. Bustillos would then follow up that jab with a straight right hand from the outside. But it wouldn’t take long for Estrada to bust through Bustillos’ comfort zone. What Estrada lacked in height and reach, he made up for with quickness and constant movement. And he would use it all on the slower Bustillos. Estrada would slip and dip, and slide away from those straight punches while constantly moving his head and feet. His hands were constantly moving as well.
Once inside Bustillos’ space, Estrada would throw combinations of left and right hooks to Bustillos’ body and head in rapid succession. Those punches would always come in bunches. For every 1 or 2 punches Bustillos would land, Estrada would quickly land 3 or 4 in return. And he seemed to always beat Bustillos to the punch. Estrada would counter and catch Bustillos before and after Bustillos would let off his punches. Estrada quickly transitioned from offense to defense and defense to offense. He would move his head and punch, and punch and move his head. He would make Bustillos miss, and make Bustillos pay. The 3rd round, was Bustillos’ best round of all. He got into the trenches with Estrada and fought in the same manner as his opponent did. While in close, his straight punches became arched and they came at a 3 to 4 punch clip. Bustillos had started to really let his hands go. Both fighters exchanged combos all the way to the end. What a great fight! After the last bell sounded, Bustillos was declared the winner by Decision. This action packed fight would receive UCA “Fight of the Night” honors.
Bout 3 – UCA Super Featherweight Championship Title – Deirdre Fonseca – LAPD vs. Laura Morales – Madera Dept. of Corrections. The long-awaited rematch between these two lady fighters was finally here. In their first meeting three years ago, Laura Morales had been declared the victor in a match that had earned both women Fight of The Night honors. But now, the first UCA Women’s 132 pound Title was on the line. This fight would start off very tactical & methodical. Both women circled one another and used probing jabs to get reacquainted. But it wouldn’t take long before they’d pick up where they left off the last time. Fonseca continuously landed a stiff, stinging jab that would send Morales’ head back. Morales threw quick and violent 3-punch combinations that caught Fonseca whenever she was in range. Fonseca however, did a good job of getting in and out of danger using quick feet. Fonseca’s straight right hand showed up shortly thereafter. Both women started coming at each other full force. They would constantly get tangled up during exchanges. The referee would repeatedly be forced to step in and break them up. The fight for the UCA Title was definitely on. Using fast footwork and angles, Fonseca started and ended every combination with a piston-like jab. Fonseca seemed to land the cleaner and more-telling punches. But Morales would land some too. Late in the second round, Morales caught an off-balance Fonseca with a straight right and left hook combination that sent her backwards and down on the canvas. But Fonseca quickly bounced back up just before the round ended. In the closing round, both fighters kept going at it full tilt. Morales came forward and bull-rushed Fonseca. Fonseca would do her best matador impersonation and stuck Morales with left jabs and straight rights, and tried to get out of the way. But they both continued to get tangled. They’d have to keep being separated but would sometimes punch off of the break. What a great fight! Great back and forth action from each fighter from start to finish! This fight was close. And it would be a tough one to call. But then the Decision was read, and the New UCA Women’s Super Featherweight Champion is Deirdre Fonseca.
Bout 4 – Jacob Duncan – Anderson Police Dept. vs. Roman Grider CDCR Corcoran SATF. (Jr Cruiserweights) Jacob Duncan came forward and stalked a reversing Roman Grider behind a long left jab. Grider would then land sharp, blistering combinations upstairs and downstairs whenever Duncan caught up to him. Grider would set up traps going backwards and Duncan would fall into them. Despite that, Duncan would keep coming forward. He kept chopping away at Grider’s body whenever he was in close. But Grider did a good job of fending off Duncan’s approach as he jabbed and countered him off of his back foot. In the closing round both, fighters traded powerful hooks that let off a thudding sound. Shortly thereafter, a big right hand caught Duncan on the head and he would be given a standing 8-count by the ref. Both fighters kept at it until that last bell sounded. When it was it over, Grider would win by Decision.
Bout 5 – UCA Jr Welterweight Championship Title BJ Adkins (West Virginia) – Raleigh Sheriff’s Dept. vs. UCA Champion Shant Sheklanian – CDCR State Parole At the start of this fight, Shant Sheklanian calmly and patiently stalked BJ Adkins who boxed going backwards. Sheklanian proceeded forward behind a range-finding jab, a strong straight right hand, and monstrous left hook that thudded whenever it landed on Adkins’ head. The power advantage Sheklanian had over Adkins was quite evident early on. Adkins fought back though. He threw a stiff jab and countered Sheklanian with hooks to the head that would temporarily slow down his momentum. And to Adkins’ credit, he would sometimes be the aggressor himself and go after Sheklanian. But the champion, Sheklanian showed great versatility with his defense as well as he did with his offense. Sheklanian would simply take a few steps back or spin out of the way of the oncoming Adkins. He had very light feet, covered up well, and was always on balance. He would even switch up to a left handed stance in order to give Adkins a different look. In the second half of the fight, Sheklanian was in seek and destroy mode. He kept coming after Adkins with very bad intentions. Sheklanian did a really good job of sitting down on his punches for optimum leverage. Adkins kept fighting back though. He stood in the pocket and went toe to toe with the champ. He traded left hooks and uppercuts on the inside with Sheklanian, but he did not come out on top of that deal. Eventually, Sheklanian caught Adkins with two straight left hands from the southpaw stance that forced the referee to give Adkins two standing 8-counts. But the very brave BJ Adkins fought on. He came forward towards Sheklanian, but the champion just pushed Adkins back against the ropes. And after another thunderous right hand and left hook landed on Adkins’ head, the referee had seen enough. The fight was waved off in the third. And still UCA Jr Welterweight Champion, Shant Sheklanian.
Bout 6 – Jose Gomez – National Guard vs. Nazim Jokham-Hudson – U.S. NAVY (Light Heavyweights) Nazim Jokham-Hudson was the taller rangier fighter. He boxed off his back foot, using a long left jab and straight right hand that kept the oncoming Jose Gomez at bay in the opening seconds. But it wouldn’t take long for Gomez to work his way around the taller man’s defense. Gomez was compact and stocky, but was quick with his head and his feet. He slipped and dipped out of the way of Jokham-Hudson’s longer punches in order to position his shorter arms to reach their target. And he was able to get out of range quickly before being countered. Gomez was also a brawler. After landing a hard up-jab, he caught Jokham-Hudson with a booming overhand right that made his legs wobble. Jokham-Hudson tried to hold on to Gomez in order to keep his balance but just couldn’t do so, and down to the canvas he went. But Jokham-Hudson got right back up and went right back to work. This time he started to slug it out with Gomez. But a boxer should never brawl with a brawler. Gomez threw and caught Jokham-Hudson with a 4-punch set of wild and winging left hooks and right hooks. Jokham-Hudson would then receive a standing 8-count. Jokham-Hudson advised the referee that he was fine and wanted to keep on fighting, and so he did. But his legs were now gone. After receiving yet another heavy left hook, right hook combination, the ref had seen enough. The fight was waved off, and Jose Gomez would win by TKO late in the first.
Bout 7 – UCA Welterweight Championship Title – UCA Champion Mike Delery – LAPD vs. Chris Martinez – Fresno Police Dept. Chris Martinez was the quicker fighter of the two. He had quick hands and utilized quick footwork to easily move around the ring. Mike Delery slowly stalked after Martinez, using a range-finding jab that would sometimes find its mark upstairs and downstairs. Whenever Delery would close in on Martinez, Martinez would use a set of quick jabs, winging alternating hooks, and an uppercut to try to keep Delery off him. Delery would bend at the waist and would slip away from most of Martinez’ punches. Delery then threw some right hands and a combination of hooks that Martinez easily blocked and avoided. Delery kept stalking Martinez. He used intelligent pressure, feinted his jab, and waited for just the right time to unleash and connect his powerful right hand. And unleash and connect it he did. He caught Martinez with a strong straight hand to the head, and followed it up with a grazing left hook that Martinez was able to spin away from. Delery quickly went after Martinez, and this time Martinez tried to spin away from Delery’s right hand. But he wasn’t quite able to do so this time. Delery had changed levels and caught Martinez on the right side of his body with a thudding right hand. That punch must’ve sent shockwaves through Martinez’ liver and the rest of his body, as Martinez went down shortly right after. Reeling from crippling agony while down on his gloves and knees, Martinez was unable to get up and beat the ref’s count to 10. The referee waved his hands, and the winner by sensational KO, and still UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery.
Bout 8 – Kellyn Furgiuele – U.S. Army vs. Gerardo Serrano – Reedley Police Dept. Gerardo Serrano was the taller fighter with the longer arms. Kellyn Furgiuele was the more compact and quicker fighter. Serrano did a good job of using his height and reach advantage, and was able to keep Furgiuele at the end of his punches. Furgiuele would use quick footwork to try to get into range in order to deliver his own punches. But Serrano would use great timing to catch Furgiuele with hooks and an uppercut on his way in. Serrano also had the clearer power advantage over Furgiuele. He made him think twice about entering his punch zone. But Furgiuele kept on trying. He would have some success, landing his jab and the occasional 1, 2. But Serrano also had a good defense. He used those long arms of his to block head shots with his gloves and body shots with his elbows. He also used subtle head and foot movements to get out of Furgiuele’s range. And whenever Furgiuele did get into his range, Serrano would use his timing and power to make Furgiuele pay. At times while inside, all Furgiuele could do was just wrap Serrano up for his protection. Serrano was a tough puzzle to solve and indeed a tall order for Furgiuele. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Furgiuele fought on with a sense of urgency in the final round. He threw an overhand right that got Serrano on the head. But Serrano just shook it off and kept coming after Furgiuele. Serrano was looking to close out the show and leave it out of the hands of the judges. He charged full steam ahead and kept throwing punches. Furgiuele would not give up though. He threw Hail Mary haymakers that would more than even things up. But the haymakers missed their mark. And all he could do was tie Serrano up in order to survive. When the fight ended, the winner by Unanimous Decision was Gerardo Serrano.
Bout 9 – UCA Heavyweight Championship Title – Josh Webb – California Highway Patrol vs. Marqus Blevins – Kings County Probation Marqus Blevins was the boxer in this equation. He jabbed well off his back foot, had quick feet, and moved his head really well to avoid incoming punches. He had a really good defense and would make Josh Webb miss with big punches early. Webb was a bull dozer. He would keep putting pressure on Blevins, as he continuously plowed his way forward. He would come forward behind a stiff jab and heavy alternating hooks. Webb seemed to always want to be right up in Blevins’ chest. But Blevins seemed to always find a way to spin out of danger. Not only did Blevins have a really good defense, but his offense was quite good as well. He would back up and catch the forward fighting Webb with quick combinations on his way in. Blevins countered Webb with lighting quick right uppercuts and left hooks whenever Webb was inside. Blevins also shot and landed a short, straight right hand in close quarters. Blevins threw punches from all different angles, and his punches always came in bunches. The second round was Webb’s best round. He kept backing up Blevins behind a stiff jab and straight right hand. The pressure that Webb presented was very strong and steady. Webb then had success landing his thumping, thunderous right hand on Blevins’ head that would keep having Blevins on his toes. The fight was now even. Going into the third round, it all would come down to who wanted it more. Webb swung heavy leather coming forward and Blevins swung heavy leather boxing backwards. The punches never stopped. At one point, while in the middle of the ring, both fighters seemed to be fighting in a phone booth. Each of them giving and taking punch after punch, neither of them wanting to be outpointed by the other. Wow! What a great back and forth battle this was! Both fighters displayed a very strong will to win. This fight had non-stop action from start to finish. It would definitely be tough one for the judges to score. But when the decision was finally rendered, Blevins would win by a razor-close Split Decision. And he would be crowned The New UCA Heavyweight Champion.
Bout 10 Light Heavyweights – John Henderson, Lemoore Police Dept winner by disqualification over Kyle Davey, CDCR.
Bout 11 – Masters UCA Super Heavyweight Title Eliminator – Adam Zamudio – Fresno Sheriff’s Dept.(retired) vs. David Ross – California Highway Patrol. David Ross had at least a 6-8 inch height advantage over Adam Zamudio. His arms were way longer than Zamudio’s as well. Ross did a good job of fighting tall, but he never really quite used his reach advantage in the beginning. He didn’t really have to. Ross was able to pull his head up and back away from Zamudio’s shorter punches. He would also take a back step or two, make Zamudio miss, and then make Zamudio pay with thudding power shots inside. Ross would throw alternating, hybrid-like uppercut-hooks that seemed to always catch Zamudio at whatever distance they fought. But Zamudio never backed down. He kept swinging his shorter punches at an upwards angle. After missing most of his shots, Zamudio would simply shake off Ross’ counter combinations and just keep coming forward. Zamudio was tough and displayed a really huge heart. He kept on trying to hit his target with overhand rights. He would land a couple, but he would miss most of the others. For Zamudio , Ross was indeed a tall order. In the final minutes of the fight, Zamudio just kept doing what he was able to do. He kept on winging his punches upwards and never stopped coming forward. With Zamudio having had some success in the second round, Ross would now start to use his distance and also change levels. Ross came up and dipped low and started to land hooks to Zamudio’s body as well as his head. Ross would also start to throw straight punches in a downwards motion and land them on top of Zamudio’s head. But Zamudio never stopped fighting. He took everything Ross had to give him. But when the last bell sounded, David Ross was declared the winner by way of Decision.
Bout 12 – UCA Super Middleweight Championship Title- UCA Champion Quincy Mirage – LAPD vs. Mike Valle – CDCR Pleasant Valley State Prison Quincy Mirage always came forward. He threw a hard jab and strong right hand that would snap his opponent’s head back. He would have the clear power advantage over Mike Valle. Valle fought mostly off of his back foot. He threw a busy jab that would slow Mirage’s momentum and break up his rhythm. He would also pepper Mirage with 3 to 5 punch combinations whenever he was in range. Valle would sometimes stop his backward motion, throw his barrage at Mirage, then get right back to boxing backwards again. Valle would always keep punching throughout. However, Mirage had a good defense. And most of Valle’s punches would hit Mirage’s gloves up on top and on his elbows down low. Mirage did a very good job of covering up as he continued to keep coming forward. In round two, Mirage would catch up to Valle. He closed the distance and was able to deliver bone-crushing combinations of uppercuts and left hooks to Valle’s body and head. These punches kept landing solid and clean, and really affected Valle. Sometimes all Valle could do was tie up the relentless Mirage in order to rest. Valle still kept on punching though. But now his shots seemed to be losing their steam; they’d now be a little slower and have a little less pop. But he would still keep on throwing them. And that pesky jab of Valle’s just never stopped. With one round a piece, each fighter would try to close out the show in the third. Mirage would still punch pressing forward, and Valle would still counter him going backwards. When in close quarters, they each would exchange right hooks, left hooks, and uppercuts. Mirage’s punches never lost their steam though. They could not only be seen but could also be heard throughout the entire auditorium. And though Valle’s punches were more of the pitty-pat variety, he just kept on throwing them. Both fighters were giving it their all. Neither one of them wanting to leave any doubt. Valle would flurry, tie up Mirage, rest, and then flurry again. And behind that strong jab of his, Mirage kept on looking to land that one perfect punch that would end everything. But then the final bell sounded, and he was unable to do so. The fight was then over. But what an Awesome fight it was! What a great way to close out this night’s event! This fight was super close and way too tough for anyone to easily call. But when the announcer finally read the Decision, Mike Valle was the New UCA Super Middleweight Champion.
The UCA Battle of the Badges official weigh in took place this evening at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. All the fighters successfully hit their mark on the scale to make their bout’s official. All eyes were on the champions and challengers competing in tomorrow night’s UCA Championship title fights. There is no room for error on the scale, each fighter had to make their contracted weight. First to the scale were the only female fighters on the card and also the two baddest female fighters in the country. #1 ranked Laura Morales, Madera DOC and #2 Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD both fighters came in under the 132 pound limit to make their UCA Super Featherweight Championship Title fight official. This fight is a rematch and 2014 UCA Fight of the Night winner. Morales would pick up the win in their first meeting. Repeat or Revenge? Next to the scale was Shant Sheklanian, CDCR, State Parole who will be defending his Jr Welterweight title. The champ came in at a ready 139.8lbs. His opponent BJ Adkins, Raleigh Sheriff’s Dept. who traveled from West Virginia had no trouble coming in at 138.8lbs. Next to the scale was the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD who will be putting his title on the line against the former interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. Both fighters had no trouble hitting their mark on the scale. Next to the scale was the #1 ranked Super Cruiserweight Josh Webb, CHP who is moving up in weight to challenge the undefeated #1 ranked Heavyweight Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation. Webb weighed in at a ready 214.2lb and Blevins came in at 211.2lbs both came in under the the heavyweight limit of 220lbs. We will have a new UCA Heavyweight Champion tomorrow night. Tomorrow night’s Main Event alone is worth the price of admission. The UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD and Mike Valle, CDCR Pleasant Valley State Prison made their UCA Championship Title fight official by coming in under the 168 pound limit. Mirage weighed in at 167lbs and Valle tipped the scales at 167.2lbs. Both fighters looked in tremendous shape. Valle lost over 50 pounds to test his skills against the champion. Oh man these guys are going to bang! The under-card features homegrown talent and exciting matchups. The Hanford Civic Auditorium will host tomorrow nights event. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets are still available and will be sold at the door $30.00 General Admission, $50 Reserved Ringside.
Here we go fight fans, just when you thought the UCA Battle of the Badges couldn’t possibly get any better we hit you with another banger! The intermission entertainment will feature Christ Like Record’s Recording artist KAYO who will perform his hit single R.E.S.P.E.C.T. What more could you ask for? The answer is “Nothing”. We hit a Grand Slam with this one! Get your tickets now. Don’t be mad when you get to the front of the line and tickets are sold out.
Ladies and gentlemen were are three days away from the biggest Public Safety boxing event of the year. This Saturday the UCA presents the 4th annual Battle of the Badges and the Hanford Civic Auditorium. This special night of UCA Championship Boxing will benefit the Fallen Officers Resource Fund, and the Hanford Police Athletic League. Come out and enjoy great fights, food, and music, in an incredible atmosphere. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. General admission $30.00, Reserved Ringside $50.00.
All 26 fighters participating in Saturday night’s highly-anticipated Battle of the Badges boxing event will hit the scales on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. The first fighter will step on the scale at 6pm. Don’t miss your chance to meet and take photos with some of the best Public Safety boxers in the country. If you are planning to stay in town after the weigh ins, or after the fights, Tachi Palace Resort & Casino is offering a special room rate of $115.00 per night. When you make reservations mention UCA Battle of the Badges.
The Hanford Auditorium is the place to be on Saturday April 8, 2017. The Battle of the Badges action begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are still onsale and will be available for purchase at the weigh in and at the door the day of the event. Tickets start at $30 General Admission and $50 Reserved Ringside.
Ladies and gentlemen it’s fight week! On Saturday April 8, 2017, 26 extraordinary athletes will arrive in Hanford California to display their skills and lay it all on the line for charity. For each of these exceptional fighters the preparation for one of the most challenging yet rewarding journeys started months ago. The work is done and the stage is set for another unbelievable night of boxing. See you Saturday. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission and $50 Reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5 pm first bell rings at 7 pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium 400 N Douty Street Hanford CA.
Add another great matchup to the already stacked UCA Battle of the Badges card. Brent Pavey, Federal Bureau of Prisons vs Byron Chambers, San Bernardino County Probation is sure to bring up the fan excitement for this event. Pavey wants to stay busy and already has plans to fight next month. He has his sights set on the UCA Cruiserweight Champion Brian Stevens, LASD. Chambers is the 4th opponent for Pavey and is not backing out. Team Chambers will be traveling from San Bernardino to go to war with Pavey. Fight fans, time is running out to purchase tickets. $30 General Admission $50 Reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first punch thrown at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium.
The Battle of the Badges main event between the UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, Los Angles Police Dept. and the undefeated #4th ranked Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison promises to be a fan pleasing bout. Both guys are hard hitters who come forward looking for the knockout. Most likely someone is hitting the canvas. Don’t wait get your tickets now. Tickets start at $30 General Admission, $50 Reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5pm action starts at 7pm.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017 two of the best welterweights will engage in a battle for the UCA Welterweight Championship title. The UCA Champ Mike Delery, LAPD will put his title on the line against #2 Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. The UCA caught up with the champion to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight with Martinez.
UCA – How has the process been preparing for this fight with work, family, training and fitting it into your schedule?
MD -Preparing for a fight is always a balancing act between family and work. My kids understand the demands of camp and have been extremely helpful and understanding. My department is supportive of the boxing team which allows me some flexibility during camp.
UCA – Has training camp been more intense compared to other training camps?
MD – This training camp has been just as intense as any other. Jorge (my coach) always demands a high level of consistency from his fighters every camp.
UCA – What does a typical day of training consists of?
MD – A typical day of training starts with warming up with some rope or shadowing boxing. Some days we focus on the technical aspects of our fight and other days we focus on sparring.
UCA – In your title fight win over David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD you were knocked down in the first round and it looked to everyone that it was over and Bermudez would be the new champion. But you beat the count, kept your composure, stuck to the game plan and became the new UCA Welterweight Champion. What was going through your mind when you were knocked down?
MD – The first thing I thought was, “I can’t let Jorge down.” He trains the team for free and dedicates A LOT of time to us in the gym. I felt I needed to show him that his sacrifice was worth more than a 10 second fight.
UCA – A win, is a win, but which do you prefer, a knockout, unanimous decision, or a war?
MD – When I climb through the ropes I’m ready for a war.
UCA – Are you feeling added pressure or stress about traveling to Hanford and fighting Martinez in his hometown?
MD – No added pressure. It’s always nice to fight in front of a hometown crowd but my job description remains the same regardless of where I fight.
UCA – Will Martinez hometown fans affect your performance?
MD – Not at all. My focus will be on doing what I need to do in order to win the fight.
UCA – Do you feel you have any advantages over Martinez? Footwork, speed, coach, gym, stablemates. hunger, will, power?
MD – I believe that I have a very knowledgeable coach and very skilled stablemates. I will never underestimate my opponent, but I am confident in our preparation.
UCA – Based on Martinez style and past fights are you working on anything specific in training camp to prepare for your fight with him?
MD – We have a fight plan. However, Martinez is a warrior and former UCA Champion so we have to be able to make adjustments.
UCA – Do you feel you will have to put on the best performance of your career to keep the title?
MD – I will definitely have to put on my best performance to keep my title.
UCA – If the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard and push the pace to win the round?
MD – No doubt, and I 100% expect Martinez to do the same.
UCA – Has your coach Jorge Gonzalez brought in special sparring to prepare you for Martinez?
MD – Jorge hasn’t brought in anyone specifically for Martinez. Between my stablemates and the tough fighters at City Of Angels, we’re able to get some good work.
UCA – Are you sparring with professional fighters to prepare for this fight?
MD – This camp I’ve had the opportunity to work with Isaac Freeman and David Estrada. Both are great fighters.
UCA – Do you feel having the UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage and the Former UCA Middleweight Champion Hector Mendoza, LAPD as stablemates gives you an advantage over Martinez?
MD -It definitely helps to have stablemates that understand what it takes to be a champion. Martinez is a former champion and I’m sure he’s going to bring that championship drive and determination into the ring on April 8th.
UCA – In boxing they say once you become a champion you become a better fighter. Do you feel you are a better fighter physically or mentally now that you are a champion?
MD – I try to learn and build after every fight. Becoming champion didn’t necessarily make me better, I think the tough competition did.
UCA – Do you feel that you have to workout & train even harder now that you are the champion and people are gunning for you?
MD – As a UCA champion, I feel like it’s my responsibility to workout and train harder. The UCA is a very competitive league and I am sure that there is a hungry UCA fighter grinding in the gym right now!
UCA – As a champion do you feel Martinez has to win convincingly to take your belt?
MD – Martinez is a proven and experienced warrior, but he will need to be at his best to take my belt.
UCA – What will you be thinking about as you walk to the ring?
MD – I will be focused on what I need to do win the fight.
UCA – At the end of the fight will we hear “And Still….the UCA Welterweight Champion?
MD – Absolutely.
Hugh Estrada, California Highway Patrol looks to rebound from his loss to Devon Dejoie, Navy, Saturday April 8, 2017 when he takes on Jose Bustillos, Navy. Folks get to your seats early, this welterweight showdown is going to be exciting. These fighters are sure to set a compubox record for punches thrown. Don’t miss it. Battle of the Badges at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 first fight at 7. Tickets are only $30 for General Admission and $50 for Ringside.
Gerardo Serrano, Reedley PD vs Kellyn Furgiuele, Army features a matchup between two fighters who don’t shy away from dangerous opponents, they run toward them. Serrano and Furgiuele will be making their UCA debut and one will take their first step toward the UCA Light Heavyweight title. See you Saturday. Doors open at 5pm action starts at 7pm.
We are bound and determined to make the April 8th Battle of the Badges the best boxing card of the year. Some of the best fighters in the nation have committed to this event. The card will feature 5 UCA Championship Title fights and an undercard full of talented fighters who will soon be household names. The first title fight of the night will feature the undefeated UCA Jr Welterweight Champion, Shant Sheklanian, State Parole defending his title against BJ Adkins, Raleigh Sheriffs Dept. who is traveling from West Virginia to take the champs belt. That will be followed up by the most anticipated female fight in public safety boxing history. #1 ranked Laura Morales, Madera DOC vs #2 Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD. Next up will be the Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD defending his title against #2 Chris Martinez, Fresno PD. The UCA Heavyweight Championship title fight will feature two number 1 ranked fighters. #1 Super Cruiserweight Josh Webb, CHP vs the undefeated #1 ranked Heavyweight Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation. The UCA Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs in the main event of the night. The champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD will put his title on the line against the undefeated #4 Mike Valle, CDCR, PVSP. Ladies and gentlemen, fight cards don’t get any better than this. Time is running out, make sure you get your tickets before they are gone. General Admission $30, Reserved Ringside $50. Doors open at 5, fights start at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA.
Two U.S. Navy fighters will make their UCA debut at the Battle of the Badges Saturday April 8, 2017. Nazim Hudson will square off with Jose Gomez, National Guard in a light heavyweight showdown. Navy stablemate Jose Bustillos will face Hugh Estrada, CHP in a welterweight battle. Hudson and Bustillos are training under the tutelage of coach Jason Glaspie at the Lemoore Boxing Gym. Both fighters look to impress the fans and pick up their first victory. Don’t wait get your tickets now. $30 General Admission, $50 Reserved Ringside.
You want action, we got it for you. Two of the UCA’s best will face off when 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept takes on the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD at the Battle of the Badges Saturday April 8, 2017 Hanford Civic Auditorium. Delery will put his title on the line for the first time since capturing the vacant belt October 1, 2016. when he earned a split decision win over David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD. Martinez is coming off a disappointing loss to the former Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD. Buckle up when these fighters enter the ring. Doors open at 5pm first punch thrown at 7pm. Don’t wait, get your tickets now! General Admission $30, Reserved Ringside $50.
40 hours a week of work
10 hours a week driving
10 hours a week eating
56 hours of sleep
A total of 116 hrs
That leaves 52 hours – nearly 7 hours a day.
What you do with your time will determine whether you accomplish your goals. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking “the decisions I make today won’t affect my tomorrow.”
John Henderson, Lemoore PD looks to get one step closer to the UCA Super Middleweight title by defeating Kyle Davey, CDCR, Corcoran SATF on Saturday April 8th. Davey will be making his UCA debut but has plenty of ring experience. Davey plans on using that experience to start his own climb up the UCA Super Middleweight ladder. The fans are in for a treat when these two hungry lions enter the ring. Don’t miss it! Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets start at $30 General Admission, $50 Reserved Ringside.
Training camp is heating up for UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD and the UCA title challenger Mike Valle, CDCR Pleasant Valley. UCA Trainer of the Year, Jorge Gonzalez lined up quality sparring for Mirage. David Estrada who holds a record of 29-6 with 19 KOs has been giving the champ rounds at the City of Angels Boxing Gym, LA.
Coach Art Peraza brought in amateur MMA Champion and professional MMA fighter Evan Solorio to work with Mike Valle at the Dungeon MMA, in Fresno. Mirage and Valle know they can’t let up now, fight day is 29 days away. These guys are going to bring it. See you April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.
On Saturday April 8, 2017 the UCA Battle of the Badges will be headlined by two of the best fighters in the country. BJ Adkins, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. will travel from West Virginia to challenge the undefeated (6-0) UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, State Parole. The UCA caught up with Adkins to ask him a few questions about his upcoming title fight.
UCA – When did you start training camp?
BJ – I have started training camp as of January 1st.
UCA – How often are you training to prepare for the fight?
BJ – I train at least 6 days a week. Whether that be at Signal 12 boxing gym, running 800+ steps at Kaymoor Mining Trail through the mountains of West Virginia, training routine at home, strength training, and two a days with my partner from the Sheriff’s Office, Christine Schack who has helped push me daily.
UCA – Are you feeling added pressure or stress about traveling to California to take on the undefeated UCA Champion Shant Sheklanian, in his home state?
BJ – I definitely feel the pressure coming to his home state. Not so much stress but the pressure is there.
UCA – Are you coming into this fight with the mindset that you have to win convincingly or by knockout to get a decision over the champion?
BJ – I know that if I wanna win this fight it has to be without a doubt convincingly. I believe if it’s a close fight and left in the judges hands the Champ will walk away the Champ. He has already proven himself as the best. I don’t see the decision going in my favor if it’s split.
UCA – What made you want to take this fight?
BJ – When I was offered the fight with the Champ there was no way I would turn it down. I mean it’s not everyday you get the opportunity to battle one of the elite warriors of the UCA.
UCA – Are you a fighter who likes to watch video on your opponents?
BJ – Yes
UCA – Sheklanian has plenty of videos on YouTube for you to watch and study. Do you feel you can pick things up that can benefit you in the fight?
BJ – I have watched his videos already over and over again. Like I said he is a Champ for a reason. He is one of the Elite warriors. I will continue to study those videos and train accordingly.
UCA – Without giving anything away, are you working on anything specific in training camp to prepare for Sheklanian?
BJ – I’m working on a couple of things. I have a great group of people helping me prepare for this battle.
UCA – Will your training camp be more intense compared to other training camps?
BJ – This will be the most intense training camp so far for me. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a fight more than I want to be the UCA Jr Welterweight Champ!
UCA – Will you be sparring with guys similar to Sheklanian’s style and stature?
BJ – Yes, I can say that I have a great group of sparring partners that have great power, speed, and etc. I don’t think I could be fully prepared for this fight if it wasn’t for the fighters and coach at Signal 12 Gym.
UCA – If the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard and push the pace to win the round?
BJ – If we go to the 3rd round it will be a show. If the fights close or not I believe we both will stand in the middle of that ring and battle till the end. I will push with everything inside of me and fight till it’s over. He’s not going to want to lose his undefeated record and being the champ. I’m not wanting to travel all the way to the west coast over 2,000 miles to lose. This will be a battle!
UCA – Will you have to put on the best performance of your career to take Sheklanian’s title?
BJ – Absolutely! There is no doubt in my mind that I will have to be on my game. I will have to be ready to perform better than I have in any other fight. To be the best you have to beat the best!
UCA – What will you be thinking about as you walk to the ring?
BJ – I’m not exactly sure what will be running through my mind as I’m walking in. I just wanna be focused and know it’s now “Showtime”
UCA – Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight will end?
BJ -How does it end? I’ve envisioned, dreamed, and spent late nights playing it over and over in my head. They all have different endings. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have dreams that I lost. But those dreams feed my hunger! Those dreams make me push harder and keep training hard. Those dreams make me prepare for the biggest battle I’ve ever faced. Come April 8th two Warriors will be Battle ready!!!!! Don’t miss it!!!!!
At last year’s SoCal Battle of the Badges at the Pacific Palms Hotel Mike Delery, LAPD successfully tested his skills against the far more experienced David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD to earn the UCA Welterweight title. Stablemate Quincy Mirage, LAPD would also capture UCA gold in 2016 by defeating the former UCA Middleweight Champion DJ Vargas to claim the UCA Super Middleweight strap. On April 8, 2017 Delery and Mirage will make their first title defense. Delery will square off with the former Louisiana and interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion #2 Chris Martinez, Fresno PD. Mirage will go toe to toe with undefeated #4 Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison. There is an old adage in the fight game that says “You’re not a true champion until you successfully defend your title.” See you Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.
In one corner stands the undefeated UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian who has defeated 6 out of 6 opponents. In the other corner is BJ Adkins a fighter traveling from West Virginia who seeks to bring an abrupt end to the champion’s reign. Adkins will not be intimidated by the highly partisan crowd. He knows what he is facing and is confident he will be going home with the belt. Don’t miss it. Saturday April 8, 2017, Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 4 first fight at 6. General Admission $30 Reserved Ringside $50.
UCA Title fight agreements have been signed for one the biggest female fights in public safety boxing history. #1 ranked Laura Morales, Madera Dept of Corrections vs 2nd ranked Deirdre Fonseca, Los Angeles Police Dept for the UCA Super Featherweight Championship title. Fight fans have been begging for this rematch and it’s finally here. After 3 years, Morales and Fonseca will meet again Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Central California Battle of the Badges taking place at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. This will be the only female fight on the card and perhaps the most exciting. Doors open at 5 pm first punch thrown at 6 pm. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission and $50.00 Reserved Ringside.
The undefeated UCA Middleweight Champion Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept competed in the Central California Golden Gloves tonight at the Dome in Bakersfield. Clark defeated Collin Alvarado, Visalia Northside Boxing Club by unanimous decision to win the novice Central California Golden Gloves Championship.
The Yuba Sutter area CHP would like to recognize Officer J. Hughes, and Officer Z. Farris for their efforts at a fatal collision on February 12, 2017. When Officers Hughes and Farris arrived on scene of an overturned vehicle in a canal on Eager Road at Tierra Buena Road that evening, they observed a vehicle upside down in the water. Without hesitation, they and several Sutter County Sheriff’s deputies and a Yuba City firefighter jumped into action and entered the canal. They all worked together to tilt the vehicle on its side so the occupants could escape. They discovered two male and two female passengers in the vehicle. The two male passengers were assisted from the vehicle through a broken window. Unfortunately, the two females did not make it and succumbed to injuries sustained from this tragic chain of events. The driver was subsequently arrested for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. Officers Hughes and Farris were not wearing a cape that day, but a badge. Without hesitation, they instinctively did what they took an oath to do – risk their lives rather than swerve from the path of duty. Their quick actions and those of all other first responders on scene were nothing short of heroic. Very well done!
The UCA is honored to have California Highway Patrol officer Zach Farris compete in the UCA Battle of the Badges April 11, 2015. Farris defeated Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriffs Dept (Kansas) in a back and fourth battle. Farris and Lee would receive the UCA Golden Fists award for their performance. Zach Farris is currently the UCA 4th ranked Welterweight.
Join us Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA as the UCA presents the 4th annual Battle of the Badges. This special night of UCA Championship Boxing will benefit the Fallen Officers Resource Fund, and the Hanford Police Dept. Explorers program. Come out and enjoy the action, music, and entertainment in an incredible atmosphere. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. Tickets are on sale now. General admission $30.00, Reserved Ringside $50.00.
Fight fans if you are keeping track of the matchups on the UCA Battle of the Badges card you know it is stacked from top to bottom. Fight cards like this are unheard of. Webb vs Blevins is just one of the many great fights on the card. Both fighters are ranked #1 in their weight class and have been waiting for their shot at the title. With the recent retirement of the undefeated UCA Heavyweight Mike Frazier, LASD the timing is impeccable. Webb and Blevins will square off for the vacant UCA Heavyweight Championship title. This fight doesn’t need any hype. See you April 8, 2017.
David Ross, CHP vs Adam Zamudio, Fresno SD ( retired) features a UCA Master Division Super Heavyweight showdown with a lot on the line. David Ross, CHP is currently the 2nd ranked Masters Super Heavyweight and a win Saturday April 8, 2017 secures him a title-shot. Ross will be facing a fighter hungry to get back into the ring. Adam Zamudio, retired Fresno Sheriff Dept hasn’t fought in over 6 years and has been physically and mentally preparing for his return for a long time. Get a Ringside seat and get up close to the action. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission and $50.00 Reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5pm, first punch thrown at 6pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium N Douty St. Hanford, California.
There are seemingly endless challenges and battles to overcome when preparing for a fight. Each fighter searches for inspiration and motivation to push the limits in training camp. For Hector Mendoza, LAPD and David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD they will have the added pressure of being in a must win fight. They will need to have a burning desire to win at all costs. Both fighters are coming off disappointing loses and look to get back into title contention. A win will justify another title shot and a loss could be the end. Nothing is certain. No matter how much is speculated or who is favored, it all comes down to what the fighters can do in the ring on April 8, 2017. Purchase your tickets now to the Central California Battle of the Badges at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5pm, first fight start at 6pm. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission $50.00 Reserved Ringside.
It’s official! The contract has been signed for the UCA Jr Welterweight Title Fight. This is what Billy Adkins had to say about his upcoming fight, training and his team,”I couldn’t be fully prepared if it wasn’t for the coach and elite fighters at Signal 12 Gym. These are some of West Virginia’s Elite Professional and Amateur Fighters. Big thank you to them all. From Left to Right: Sarah Coffey (A), Keith Barr (Pro), Christine Schack (A), Coty Pierson (Pro), Steve Neal (Coach), and Tyler Robinson (Pro). Also want to give a thanks to Shawn Laughery (Pro). I also want to give a big thank you to my sponsors Robin Buck and Ron Buck (Club 3D) and Vickie Mills Utt (Little General) without you this trip probably wouldn’t have been possible. Now let’s make this a fight!” April 8th, 2017 Battle of the Badges in Hanford, California
The undefeated UCA Middleweight Champion Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept, is considered by many as the new face of the 160 lb division. Clark will make the first defense of his UCA middleweight strap when he faces a proven warrior in Jorge Caamal LASD. This will be Caamal’s second attempt at UCA gold and he is determined not to let it slip though his hands again. This title fight is sure to deliver on the edge of your seat excitement and a dramatic finish. Don’t miss it! Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. General Admission start at $30.00 Reserved Ringside are only $50.00.
It’s official. A fight that was once fantasy is now reality. The undefeated #1 ranked heavyweight Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation will square off with the #1 ranked Super Cruiserweight Josh Webb, CHP for the vacant Heavyweight Championship title. This is a 50/50 fight. Both fighters are equally dangerous and will need to use every weapon in their arsenal to win. If you are a boxing fan and have a pulse you do not want to miss this fight. Get your tickets now! General Admission $30.00, Reserved Ringside $50.00. Doors open at 5, action starts at 6. Mark it on the calendar, Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. 400 N Douty St. Hanford CA.
Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison, the undefeated UCA “FOTN” winner and Super Middleweight title challenger is one of UCA boxing’s elite talents. On April 8, 2017 Valle will face his biggest test when he takes on Quincy Mirage, LAPD for his UCA Super Middleweight Title. When offered the title fight Team Valle jumped at the opportunity. Valle knows he has a tough road a head of him. Not only is he taking on the best fighter in the division and perhaps the nation he also has a big weight cut. Valle is dropping down 3 weight classes from 190lbs to 168lbs for this opportunity. “I’m not putting myself through this punishment for nothing” said Valle. When asked about the weight cut, Valle’s trainer Art Peraza (The Dungeon MMA Fresno CA) said “We signed the contract, we will make the weight.” The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets start at $30.00 General Admission, $50.00 Reserved Ringside.
The undefeated (6-0) UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Department officially opened his training camp this week in preparation for one of the year’s most significant fights – a much-anticipated showdown with West Virginia’s BJ Adkins, Raleigh Sheriff’s Dept. This will be Sheklanian’s first title defense. “Adkins isn’t traveling from West Virginia to lose” Shant said. “I will be ready for him.” The Battle of the Badges is Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Vivic Auditorium, Hanford CA. Tickets are on sale now. General admission $30.00, Reserved Ringside $50.00.
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The UCA Super Middleweight titleholder Quincy Mirage, LAPD will make his mandatory title defense against undefeated #4 Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison on April 8, 2017 in Hanford, CA. Both fighters are hungry and ready to get at each other. This fight could be very violent and brief. Get your tickets now to the Battle of the Badges Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets start at $30 General Admission and $50 reserved Ringside. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm.
The #1 ranked Welterweight and UCA title challenger David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks Police Dept recently released his first book Time Tested Tips on All Things Boxing. Learn new tricks techniques and strategies from coach David. Available for purchase on Amazon.
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David is a two time Collegiate Boxing All American and a Western Police and Fire games silver medalist. David is an active competitor for the United Combat Association (UCA), an amateur boxing league of Police, Fire, and Military service men and women.
In the ten years David has been involved in the sport, he has trained several amateur and professional fighters. David has an immense passion for coaching and writing about the sweet science.
The United Combat Association is pleased to announce the 4th Annual UCA Central California Battle of the Badges on April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA. We will be celebrating 4 Years of UCA Battle of the Badges competition and we want you to be a part of the celebration. With 12 bouts scheduled, great food, bar, music, intermission entertainment and more there is something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get a ringside seat! Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets start at $30 General admission $50 reserved Ringside.
The UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. has never shied away from tough competition. April 8, 2017 will be no different. Sheklanian will defend his title against West Virginia’s best BJ Adkins, Raleigh SD. Sheklanian has a resume that justifies the hype. He is an extremely well-rounded boxer-puncher with fight-ending power in both hands. Sheklanian quickly established himself as the best jr welterweight by beating the former undefeated (6-1) Taron Scott, CDCR, CYA. Shant would follow that up by defeating the UCA Jr Welterweight Champion Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD and taking his title. Sheklanian is once again ready to show why his record is unblemished and he is the best in the nation. Will the champ make it 7 in a row or will Adkins take the belt back to West Virginia? Don’t miss it! Tickets are on sale now for the Central California Battle of the Badges, Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. General Admission $30, Reserved Ringside $50. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fallen Officers Resource Fund, the Hanford Police Athletic League and the Hanford Police Dept Explorers Program.
2016 brought some very exciting moments to public safety boxing. The year was a true test of endurance as fighters traveled from different states to compete against the best in the country. It was a busy year with many surprises. New champions were crowned and heartbreak was felt. The fighters reminded us all that you never give up because until the final bell rings everything can change. The year brought some very exciting moments in UCA boxing. Let’s take a look back at what made 2016 a memorable year.
UCA Promoter of the Year – Jeff Penn, SoCal Battle of the Badges
One who is respected and experienced in putting together the biggest fights with the biggest names. A production that can be compared to professional boxing event. Events that are held in fan friendly venues and everyone is guaranteed a good time.
UCA Event of the Year – SoCal Battle of the Badges, Pacific Palms Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Some of the biggest names competed in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at the beautiful Pacific Palms Hotel, Los Angeles. 5 UCA Championship title fights saw 3 new champions crowned along with an action packed under-card. Fund raising efforts benefited the Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Project 999, which provides financial assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. The Santa Ana Unidos Boxing Club, Perris Valley Thai Boxing and Cops 4 Kids & Communities.
UCA Fighter of the Year – Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept. First 2 Division Champion (Welterweight & Jr Middleweight)
A fighter who directly impacts Public Safety boxing by the way he performs in the ring. A fighter who stood out from the rest and proved they are the best by challenging and defeating anyone who was put in front of them.
UCA Coach of the Year
A coach who has the knowledge and experience to unlock a fighters true potential and mold them into a champion. There are a lot of critical factors that make a champion, having a great coach is the most important one.
Jorge Gonzalez – Coach of the UCA Welterweight Champion Mike Delery, LAPD, the UCA Super Middleweight Champion Quincy Mirage, LAPD, and the former UCA Middleweight Champion Hector Mendoza, LAPD
Arvin Jugarap – Coach of the UCA 2 Division undefeated Jr Middleweight Champion Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept.
Vance Bejarano – Coach of the UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Nasser Niavaroni – Coach of the Masters UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Chuck Pfau, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.
Sparky McDuffie – Coach of the Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion James Moore, Monroe Louisiana Fire Dept.
Steve Salas – Coach of the UCA Middleweight Champion Travis Clark, Stockton Police Dept.
Robert Espinosa -Coach of the UCA Welterweight Champion Asiah Medawar, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
UCA Biggest Most Memorable Fights of 2016
Fights that undoubtedly will be talked about years from now. While most fights come and go these memorable battles will live on through the ages and become a part of UCA Boxing History.
James Moore, Monroe Louisiana FD defeated Michael Banks, CDCR CCC to become the first out of state (Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion) UCA Champion. Central California Battle of the Badges 4-9-16 Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA.
Travis Clark, Stockton PD defeated Hector Mendoza, LAPD to win the UCA Middleweight title and become the first fighter to win a UCA title in his 2nd fight. SoCal Battle of the Badges 10-1-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD defeated the former reigning and defending UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD by decision to become the first 2 division (Welterweight & Jr Middleweight) UCA Champion. SoCal Battle of the Badges 10-1-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
Alan Rojas, LASD defeated one of the most feared and talked about fighters in Chris Barrios, LASD. Rojas would stop Barrios in the 2nd round to become the undisputed, undefeated, reigning and defending UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion and end Barrios 10 fight undefeated winning streak. LA Battle of the Badges 5-20-16, Pacific Palms Hotel
2016 Fighters Who Received the Highest Public Safety Boxing Honor
And The New UCA Champion
Brent Bugarin, SCSD, UCA Jr Middleweight (10-1-16)
Mike Delery, LAPD, UCA Welterweight Champion
Hector Mendoza, LAPD, UCA Middleweight Champion (4-9-16)
Travis Clark, Stockton PD, UCA Middleweight Champion (10-1-16)
Quincy Mirage, LASD, UCA Super Middleweight Champion
Chuck Pfau, Sacramento SD, Masters UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion
James Moore, Monroe Louisiana FD, Masters UCA Heavyweight Champion
Sean Johnson. CDCR, Kern Valley State Prison
And Still UCA Champion
Travon Taylor, OCSD UCA Light Heavyweight Champion
Brian Stevens, LASD UCA Cruiserweight Champion
Alan Rojas, LASD UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion
Mike Valle, CDCR, Pleasant Valley State Prison vs Martin Gutierrez, Lemoore Police Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP vs Jeremy Parker, CDCR, CSP Sac
Mike Delery, LAPD vs David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD
Hector Mendoza, LAPD vs Remin Pineda, LASD
UCA Breakout Fighter of the Year
A fighter who steps into the ring for the first time and wins over the crowd with skill, heart and personality. One you can’t wait to see fight again.
Mike Valle – CDCR Pleasant Valley State Prison
Nate Webb – U.S. Navy
Tyler Kiest – CDCR Blythe
Cody Anderson – Rincon Fire Dept.
Eddie Duran – Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Fighters to Keep an Eye On
Denise Guerrero – San Bernardino Police Dept.
Guillermo Garcia, LAPD
Alberto DeLeon – CDCR Blythe
Mike Ortiz – U.S. Army
Devon Dejoie – U.S. Navy
Jon Byun – LAPD
Rafael DeLeon – U.S. Border Patrol
Daniel Rosales – LAPD
William Adams – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept
Gilbert Galvan – U.S. Army
Richard Rodriguez – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Elijah Vidal – U.S.M.C.
Jonathon Alvarez – New York Police Dept.
Austin Tull – Shreveport Louisiana Fire Department
Joe Slouka – Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
Joey Valencia – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Chris Seelig – Rialto Police Dept.
Anthony Deshautelle – Alexandria Louisiana Police Dept.
Alex Duran – U. S. Border Patrol
Claudio Gutierrez – LAPD
Christian Pharo – San Diego Fire Dept.
Jonathon Roberts – Natchitoches Louisiana Police Dept.
Deserves a Title Shot
Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD
Dennis Burgos, New York Police Dept.
Henry Sanchez – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP
Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation
A fighter who enters a contest a considerable favorite and is defeated by a less experienced, unknown or unranked fighter.
(3) Mike Delery, LAPD defeated (1) David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD to win the UCA Welterweight Title.
(3) Remin Pineda, LASD defeated (1) Hector Mendoza, LAPD
Brian Stevens, LASD made his 3rd title defense by defeating Guillermo Garcia, LAPD
UCA Announcer of the Year – Carlton Jones, Fresno City Fire Dept.
UCA DJ of the Year – DJ Prince
UCA Photographer of the Year – Ray Delgado and Chris Adkins
UCA Videographer of the Year – Fernando Vargas
UCA Boxing Gym of the Year – City of Angels, Los Angeles, CA
UCA Sponsor of the Year – Sabas Fightgear
2017 UCA Dream Title Fights
Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD vs BJ Adkins, (West Virginia) Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. (UCA Jr Welterweight Championship)
Mike Delery, LAPD vs Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. (UCA Welterweight Championship)
David Bermudez, East Bay Regional Parks PD vs Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD (UCA Jr Middleweight Championship)
Travis Clark, Stockton PD vs DJ Vargas, Hanford PD (UCA Middleweight Championship)
Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs Mike Valle, CDCR Pleasant Valley Prison (UCA Super Middleweight Championship)
Chuck Pfau, Sacramento County SD vs Chip Stevens, Monroe Louisiana FD (UCA Jr Cruiserweight Championship)
Alan Rojas, LASD vs Josh Webb, CHP (UCA Super Cruiserweight Championship)
Mike Frazier, LASD vs Marqus Blevins, Kings County Probation (UCA Heavyweight Championship)
Jaboy Leomitti, LASD vs Carlos Rosas, LAPD (UCA Super Heavyweight Championship)
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD is dropping to 140lbs to pick up his 3rd title.
Quincy Mirage, LAPD is moving up to the (175lbs) Light Heavyweight Division to capture his 2nd title.
The former #1 ranked UCA Title Challenger Jamaal Braithwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. will make his return to the ring.
The former undefeated reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. will make his professional boxing debut
As another year on the boxing calendar draws to a close, 2016 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable years in the history of public safety boxing. The talent pool continues to grow and 2017 promises to be a year full of great fights. Title fight contracts are being drawn up for some great super fights between the best fighters in the country. See you in the New Year.