Aug 2015 27

LA_battle_posterBrace yourself fight fans for the most talent stacked cards of the year. On Friday October 2, 2015 UCA Public Safety Championship Boxing returns to the Quiet Cannon for the Battle of the Badges. Don’t miss this event as the best fighters in the state lay it all on the line for charity. Doors open at 5 first bell rings at 7pm. General admission $30, ringside $50. Fighters interested in competing in the event sign up at http://unitedcombatassociation.com/get-ranked/

Aug 2015 25

uca belts-6191Everyone with the fortitude to lace up gloves and enter the ring to compete has within themselves the potential to become a champion. The difference between those that achieve their goals and those that fall short is the willingness to expose oneself to an extreme amount of demands, usually in the form of punishment in the gym. This is where the fight is won. The physical, emotional and mental groundwork for success is a time tested formula in which shortcuts have no place. Being determined and accountable to yourself and your team are the prerequisites to taking that walk to the ring with a head held high and a chest full of confidence. When you step through those ropes, you know in your heart if you did what is necessary to put out, to give the best of yourself, to leave it all in the ring. Champions are not made by accident. Champions don’t just show up on fight night. Champions are fight night. Not everyone has what it takes to be a UCA champion. Do you?

Aug 2015 23

Taylor-vs-CarrilloOn Saturday August 29, 2015 Travon Taylor, Orange County SD will make the first defense of his UCA Light Heavyweight title.  Taylor will face Jose Carrillo, Fausto’s Bail Bonds who looks to pull off the upset of the year and become the new UCA State Champ. Carrillo is an unknown fighter making his Battle of the Badges debut but is familiar with the squared circle. He is an open fighter with a lot of experience however Carrillo has a tough task in front of him.  Taylor’s improving skill set has catapulted him to the top of the Light Heavyweight division and is recognized as the best fighter in CA.  The fireworks these guys are going to produce are going to make for an explosive main event. It all goes down Saturday August 29, 2015 Agua Caliente Resort and Casino. Doors open at 4pm first fight at 5pm.

Aug 2015 21

Grudge Match

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Koones-vs-Banks_edited-1Michael Banks, CDCR, Susanville and Charles Koons, CDCR, CVSP will make their ring debuts Saturday August 29, 2015 at the SoCal Battle of the Badges. Banks and Koons have been calling each other out and will finally clash and settle the score once and for all. SoCal Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday August 29, 2015 at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino. Doors open at 4pm first fight at 5pm.

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The SoCal Battle of the Badges is back August 29, 2015 ready to deliver another great night of Public Safety boxing action featuring an exciting line up. The main event features the “Cali King” Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriffs Dept. putting his UCA Light Heavyweight State title on the line against Jose Carrillo, Fausto’s Bail Bonds. The undercard is full of high caliber action filled fights. Most notably the much anticipated Grudge Match between Jason Koons, CDCR, CVSP vs Michael Banks, CDCR, CCC. Don’t miss this great night of boxing Saturday August 29, 2015 at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino. Doors open at 4, first fight at 5, tickets start at18 $20.00.

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DSC_8399The 11th annual Louisiana Battle of the Badges took place Saturday night at the Fant Ewing Coliseum University of Louisiana. Nearly six thousand fans packed into the coliseum to witness one of the best action packed cards of the year. The best fighters from California Texas, Kansas and Louisiana laid it all on the line for charity. Jorge Caamal, John Henderson and Chris Martinez represented California. First to enter the ring from CA was the former #1 ranked title challenger Jorge Caamal, LASD who squared off with a less experienced but very game opponent in Rodney Moore, West Monroe Fire Dept. Caamal would land some heavy leather throughout the fight but Moore kept coming, firing combinations of his own.  This fight was a battle of attrition with neither fighter backing down. In the end the judges would give the decision to the hometown fighter, DSC_8405Rodney Moore. Next up was 6th ranked John Henderson, Hanford PD taking on Austin Tull, Shreveport Fire Dept. this was another competitive fight between two warriors. Tull had a slight experience and height advantage. Tull would do a job of using his footwork and reach to keep Henderson at the end of his punches and to stay out of danger. Henderson would close the distance and land some hard shots but it wasn’t enough. After 3 hard fought rounds, Tull would pick up the win. The co main event featured the interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. vs UCA Golden Fists award winner Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. As soon as the bell rang Martinez and Lee met in the center of the ring looking to engage. Lee gave up 9 pounds for the opportunity to
fight Martinez andDSC_8413 it proved to be a big disadvantage. Martinez was clearly the stronger fighter and Lee would learn early he packed a punch. Martinez hurt Lee in the first round and went in for the kill. Lee showcased his warrior spirit never giving up and answering back. This fight would go the distance and in the end it was the power shots that sealed the win for Martinez. With the win, Martinez retains his UCA Jr Middleweight title and picks up the Louisiana Battle of the Badges belt.

Aug 2015 14

FullSizeRenderThe Louisiana Battle of the Badges official weigh in took place at Hooters this evening and all three California fighters made the agreed upon weight. 6th ranked John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. weighed in at a ready 174lbs, and will square off with Austin Tull, Shreveport Fire Dept. who also weighed 174lbs. Jorge Caamal, LASD tipped the scales at 188lbs his opponent Rodney Moore, West Monroe Fire Dept. came in at 184lbs.  The UCA Jr Middleweight Interim Champion, Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. and his opponent Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriffs Dept each hit their mark coming in under the 154lb limit. It’s  going down tomorrow night at the Fant Ewing Coliseum on the campus of University of Louisana Monroe.

Aug 2015 14

imageThree California fighters entered hostile territory as they got off the plane today in Louisiana.  John Henderson, Hanford PD , Chris Martinez, Fresno PD and Jorge Caamal, LASD will go to battle Saturday night in front of 6000 screaming Louisiana fans at the Battle of the Badges. The fighters are doing their best to get acclimated to the heat and humidity.  They had an opportunity to see where they are fighting and get into the ring and move around.  The fighters plan on getting in a light workout tonight and checking their weight before tomorrow night’s official weigh in. The California vs Louisiana Battle of the Badges is on! Saturday night at the Fant Ewing Coliseum on the campus of University of Louisiana Monroe.

Aug 2015 09

11154650_368167170048171_8572570993850759384_oOn August 15, 2015 the UCA Jr Middleweight Interim State Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept will square off will Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges. The UCA caught up with the Champion to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight with Lee.

UCA – What gym do you train at and who is your coach?

CM – I’ve been training with Coach Jr Palafox at the Palafox boxing gym in Lemoore, Ca.

UCA – Who are some of the people you are sparring or training with to prepare for the fight?

CM – My current sparring and training partners include Top Rank fighter Daniel Valdivia, Pro fighter Irvin Garcia, Mario Martinez, Arturo Cervantes, and 9 ranked Devon Dejoie, NAVY.

UCA – Has your training and preparation for this fight been any different from your previous fights?

CM – Not really.

UCA – Are you doing any crazy or unique workouts to prepare for the fight?

CM – Nothing I haven’t done in the past.

UCA – Once you found out you were fighting Lee did you watch his fight against Zachary Farris, CHP?

CM – I saw his fight a couple of times. But I’m more focused on what I need to do for this fight. Styles make fights and I don’t fight like his last opponent.

UCA – With your style and Lee’s style this fight can only go one way and that is straight ahead full speed, nonstop fireworks from start to finish. How do you see the fight going?

CM – I think this fight is going to be tough. Lee has heart and so do I, so we will see who wants it more when we step in the ring.

UCA – Are you feeling added pressure or stress about traveling to Louisiana to fight?

CM – It’s exciting and a honor to go and fight somewhere I’ve never been. I just see it as another Journey in my fight experience.

UCA – Neither one of you are from Louisiana, Lee is from Kansas and you are from California. Do you feel the scoring will be fair?

CM – This is something I’ve been anticipating and I hope the judges play fair. In the ring you have to win the judges, win the crowd and hold your ground. I plan to do all three

UCA – What made you want to take this fight?

CM – It’s a great opportunity to travel and do something I love, while at the same time benefit a great cause.

UCA – How has the process been preparing for this fight with work, family and training fitting into your schedule?

CM – It’s been tough finding time to train. In our line of work you have to make time when it’s available and find a good balance between all things. Overall, it’s gotta be God, family then boxing, in that order.

UCA – Are you working on anything specific for Lee?

CM – I just know that he’s a southpaw, that’s probably the only thing I keyed up on. But I’ve sparred with DJ Vargas, who’s a fast and talented southpaw.

UCA – If you feel the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard looking to push the pace and land something hard to win the round?

CM – Absolutely, hopefully it doesn’t get to that point.

UCA – Do you feel the Louisiana humidity and heat will have an effect on your performance Saturday night?

CM – I’m not sure. Fresno and Hanford are hot and humid, plus I train without AC to make my workouts tougher.

UCA – You leave for Louisiana on Thursday and fight on Saturday. Will you try to get in a light workout before the fight to get acclimated to the humidity and heat or will you just rest?

CM – Nothing extreme. Light jog, shadow boxing but that’s about it.

UCA – Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight ends? How?

CM – I picture myself finishing the fight just as strong as the 1st and 2nd round. Then the referee will raise my hand and I’ll be victorious.

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FullSizeRender(1)On August 15, 2015 the UCA Golden Fists award winner Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. will square off with the interim UCA Jr Middleweight State Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges. The UCA caught up with Lee to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight with Martinez.

UCA – What gym do you train at and who is your coach?

SL – I train at Northside Boxing 316 and my coach is one of the best. Coach  Lewis Hernandez  However I have taken a different approach this time. My coach for this fight is my cousin Justin Mason.

UCA – How has the process been preparing for this fight with work, family and training fitting into your schedule?

SL – My schedule is pretty much set, luckily my other half works full time and goes to nursing school full time so we are both busy people. When she’s at school I’m at the gym. My son hangs out with his nieces and nephews or he stays with me.

UCA – Who are some of the people you are sparring or training with to prepare for the fight?

SL – Justin Mason of Griffey Muay Thai, Some people from my gym, very decorated fighters. I took a different approach of training for this one.

UCA – Will your training and preparation for this fight been any different from your previous fights?

SL – It’s very different this time, I have trained for this fight mostly at my own home in my gym in the garage. Except for sparring with others then I go somewhere.

UCA – Are you doing any crazy or unique workouts to prepare for the fight?

SL – Not exactly no, I do feel my work outs that my coach has taught me the last couple years are as crazy as a work out I can get without falling out. Every time I’m done I throw my hands up in the air because I’m so happy it’s over. My coach is a machine I swear.

UCA – What made you want to take this fight?

SL – 3 reasons, My son and other half are coming with me, Med camps charity, last one….I just love punching people with style :)

UCA – Styles make fights and with your style and Martinez style this fight can only go one way and that is straight ahead full speed, nonstop fireworks from start to finish. Do you expect a 3 round war with Martinez?

SL – I am not sure on this one, We both in our head say I am gonna knock him out. However once you start getting after it things change sometimes. The guy might be tougher then you think and things aren’t as easy as you thought they were gonna be.  Either way we are going to war on Aug 15th and I will try my best to stop the fight early.

UCA – Are you a guy that studies your opponents fights?

SL – Yes I do, I have watched everything I can on this man.

UCA – Do you feel by watching fight video you can pick things up that can help you win the fight?

SL – I do feel that I have picked up some mistakes that he makes while he is fighting. Not necessarily mistakes but things he will pay for if he does them on me. :)  I will say this, I’m staying away from this guys straight right hand. Its a wrecking ball.

UCA – Are you working on anything specific for Martinez?

SL – I am, I can’t share though because then he would know what’s coming when he makes one certain movement with his head and get’s in a danger zone. I don’t want him knowing where that zone is at. lol

UCA – If you feel the fight is close going into the 3rd round will you come out hard looking to push the pace and land something hard to win the round?

SL – I am doing that every round no matter what. This guy hits harder then a bull that’s been caged for 10 years. That means I will try to finish the fight if I can because honestly I do not want to be punched in the face by this man. It’s gonna hurt haha.

UCA – Do you feel you will have to put on the best performance of your career to beat Martinez?

SL – I truly do feel that I will on Aug 15th, That is the only way I will win this fight and that’s what I’m coming to do.

UCA – Do you feel the Louisiana humidity and heat will have an effect on your performance Saturday night?

SL – Naaa, I live in Kansas and the humidity here sucks, It’s like walking into a sauna every day you go outside.

UCA – Will you try to get in a light workout before the fight or will you just rest?

SL – Friday I will yes, either after weigh ins or before. Then Saturday I will go for a run in the morning and hang out with family until my fight.

UCA – What will you be thinking as you walk to the ring?

SL – I will be thinking that it’s great that so many people showed up to support a great cause, and that my son is watching and I refuse to lose in front of him.

UCA – Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight ends?

SL – I really haven’t, all I know is we both want this. If we both stay up all three rounds then either way win or lose it will be the best fight of the night and that’s what people remember. I can promise that. However I refuse to lose in front of my son.:)

Aug 2015 06

Henderson-vs-TullJohn Henderson, Hanford PD vs Austin Tull, Shreveport Fire Dept. features two up and coming fighters who are willing to win by any means necessary.  Henderson will be fighting for the 2nd time when he looks to play spoiler in front of Tull’s home town fans. This fight is sure to excite the fans. August 15, 2015 Louisiana Battle of the Badges, Fant Ewing Coliseum, 4099 Northeast Drive, University of Louisiana Monroe.

Aug 2015 04

Caamal-vs-MooreThe former #1 ranked UCA title challenger Jorge Caamal, LASD seeks to prove he is still a force when he takes on the highly regarded fan favorite Rodney Moore, West Monroe Fire Dept. Caamal has been out of the ring 2 years and accepted this fight with three weeks’ notice. Caamal is known for taking on all comers and he will be facing a young hungry lion in the ring Saturday night. Moore is younger, bigger, and stronger and has been more active. This will be a tough test for Caamal on his first fight back.  The Louisiana Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday August 15, 2015 at the Fant Ewing Coliseum, 4099 Northeast Drive, University of Louisiana Monroe.

Aug 2015 03

Lee-vs-Martinez_edited-2One of the most anticipated fights on the Louisiana Battle of the Badges card features a pair of Jr Middleweights, Chris Martinez, Fresno PD vs Steven Lee, Sedgwick SD.   This fight is between two fighters who want to test themselves. Martinez is coming into this fight with momentum winning his last 3 fights. Lee looks to get back to his winning ways and pull off the biggest win of his career. Boxing fans are going to reap the rewards of this fight. This is going to be a war!  August 15, 2015 Louisiana Battle of the Badges, Fant Ewing Coliseum, 4099 Northeast Drive, University of Louisiana Monroe.

Jul 2015 31

Battle-Ready-Louisiana(1)UCA 6th ranked John Henderson, Hanford PD, interim UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno PD and former #1 ranked Jorge Caamal, LASD will  represent California in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges August 15, 2015. This is a huge honor and a great opportunity for these fighters to test their skills against another great opponent and prove how good they really are. Henderson, Martinez and Caamal  have been a force in California and look to carry that with them to Louisiana. The Louisiana Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday August 15, 2015 at the Fant Ewing Coliseum University of Louisiana. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets start at $20.00.

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IMG_4132On Saturday August 15, 2015 the  Battle of the Badges will take place in Monroe Louisiana. Three fighters from California will make the journey to Louisiana to test their skills against the best fighters Louisiana has to offer.  One of the bouts will feature a matchup between two action fighters. UCA Jr Middleweight interim Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. vs UCA Golden Fists award winner Steven Lee, Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. Also making the trip will be the former UCA #1 ranked Jorge Caamal, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. squaring off with fan favorite Rodney Moore, West Monroe Fire Dept. The 3rd California fighter on the card will be 6th ranked UCA “Fight of the Night” winner John Henderson, Hanford Police Dept. vs Austin Tull, Shreveport Fire Dept. The Louisiana Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday August 15, 2015 at the Fant Ewing Coliseum University of Louisiana.

Jul 2015 24

heatherHeather “The Heat” Hardy  was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A single mom, who began training at Gleason’s Gym to get back in shape. In 2012 Hardy won the NYC Golden Gloves Featherweight title and was awarded the honor of “Best Female Boxer of the Tournament.” Shortly after winning the Golden Gloves Hardy turned pro. She currently holds a 13-0 record and is the WBC International female Super Bantamweight Champion. Heather “The Heat” Hardy steps back into the ring  Saturday, August 1, 2015, Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY. To learn more about Heather Hardy visit http://www.heathertheheathardy.net/

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 IMG_7732The UCA undefeated Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, (5-0) Fresno Sheriffs Dept. made his MMA debut Friday night in Fresno, CA. Lewis defeated Mitchell Sipe Bakersfield by guillotine choke in the 1st rd. Lewis continues to pile up wins and looks to stay busy in Boxing Muay Thai and MMA before turning pro.
Jul 2015 19

FullSizeRenderThe most anticipated show of the year lost its battle with mother nature on Saturday. Due to rain and the safety of the fighters the Brawl at City Hall was canceled. Alex Brenes, owner of City of Angels boxing opened the gym doors and the fighters and fans piled in. Six out of the nine originally scheduled fights took place at the gym. #1 Guillermo Garcia, #6 Aldo Rodriguez, #5 Hector Mendoza and Louis Garcia of LAPD kept the crowd excited by defeating their opponents. #1 Ray Encinas, LAPD lost by decision to civilian fighter Ivan Beltran. The most exciting fight of the night went to Hector Mendoza vs Kyle Ferrari, West Covina PD they fought for three nonstop rounds and picked up “Fight of the Night” honors.  The main event featured #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs #2 Ricky Seward, Big Bear City FD. Mirage would defeat Seward by unanimous decision and pick up the biggest win of his career and keep his position at the top of the Middleweight division.

Jul 2015 16

DusstyUCA #1 Quincy Mirage and #5 Hector Mendoza, LAPD look to raise a lot of eyebrows Saturday when they step into the ring. Both fighters have been training hard to put on an impressive performance in front of their fans at the Brawl at City Hall boxing event. Mendoza and Mirage have received great work from top quality fighters at the City of Angels Boxing Gym. Both fighters had the opportunity to work with the UCA Jr Middleweight State Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD.  Having a fighter like Rodriguez to work with gives Mendoza and Dusty and Q (2)Mirage the opportunity to measure themselves against the best and feel what it’s like to compete against the speed, reflexes and knowledge of a champion. On Saturday July 18, 2015 Super Middleweight #5 Hector Mendoza, LAPD will lock horns with Kyle Ferrari, West Covina PD. The main event features a high stakes fight between #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, LAPD vs.#2 Ricky Seward, Big Bear City FD. The undFullSizeRender(9)ercard is full of exciting fights. Kicking off the show will be  a battle of “Fight of the Night” winners #3 Dre Fonseca, LAPD vs #4 Marina Lizarraga, LASD  in a repeat or revenge fight. Another exciting matchup features two elite fighters going head to head when #1 Daniel Ramirez, LAPD  takes on #2 Jose Corral, LASD in a battle of Jr Welterweights. The Brawl at LA City Hall takes place Saturday July 18, 2015. City Hall, 200 N. Spring St Downtown Los Angeles. First bell rings at 4pm. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the door.

Jul 2015 14

Thsouthe United Combat Association and The Weinstein Company would like to invite you and your friends and family to a special, local advance screening of the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie, SOUTHPAW.  The Weinstein Company’s new film, stars Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER and PRISONERS), Rachel McAdams (SHERLOCK HOLMES and TRUE DETECTIVE), and Forest Whitaker (PLATOON and THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND).  We have two screening opportunities in the Northern California region, one in San Francisco and one in Sacramento.  RESERVED seats for the first 30 fighters per screening and allot FRONT OF THE LINE passes for additional interest after the first 30 seats have been filled. Please RSVP to the corresponding email address/per screening for further screening details and check-in directions.  No one will be admitted without an RSVP or ticket.

If you would like to see more information about the film, you can refer to the below:

Synopsis: A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, and Forest Whitaker
Release date: Friday, July 24
Website (with trailer): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798684/

Below is the screening information-

SAN FRANCISCO
July 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM
AMC Metreon
101 4th St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP: sanfrancisco@43kix.com

SACRAMENTO
July 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM
Century Stadium
1590 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
RSVP: sacramento@43kix.com

Please RSVP to the corresponding email address/per screening for further screening details and check-in directions.  No one will be admitted without an RSVP or ticket.

Jul 2015 10

Steven Lee, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department was introduced to the UCA April 11, 2015 when he traveled from Wichita Kansas to compete in the California Battle of the Badges. Lee squared off with Zachary Farris, California Highway Patrol in a battle of welterweights. Both fighters showed their warrior spirit and refused to back down in a very competitive action filled fight. Lee and Farris would earn the UCA Golden Fists award. An award given to a fighter who has the skills and characteristicimagejpeg_0s of becoming a champion. Lee has been with the Sedgwick Sheriff’s Dept. seven years and has competed in Battle of the Badges events in California, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. By competing in charity events and representing his department Lee shows his son the importance of giving back and helping others. Lee is more than a fighter, he is a deputy and a devoted father to his son. He his committed to being a role model and setting a good example for his son by the way he carries himself.  Lee told himself the day his son was born, “I will do everything I can to show him that there are still good people in the world and that I am accomplishing what I said and that I will continue to represent my commitment to him and to the Sheriff’s Office in and out of the ring. As well as helping as many people I can along my way.” Lee’s next fight is against the UCA Jr Middleweight Interim Champion Chris Martinez, Fresno PD August 15, 2015 in the Louisiana Battle of the Badges.

Jul 2015 04
Dreamland Boxing (139)Long time coach and owner of Dreamland Boxing in San Jose California Sgt. David Neeleman, USMC passed away yesterday. Mr Neeleman, who is fondly known as Coach Sarge, trained professional and amateur fighters. He was a man of dignity who believed in honesty, respect, and principles. He was a very warm human being who always wanted to see a fair fight and see his fighters achieve success. He was a man of his word who held fighters accountable. Sarge was a dedicated servant of the sport, who will surely be missed.  Sincerest blessings and condolences to his widow Marie, family, and his fighters. Sarge’s presence will forever vibrate in the boxing community.
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DSC_5552 (531x800)World Champion Mark Breland attended the LA vs NYPD Battle of the Badges event June 19, 2015 at the Lexington Avenue Armory, New York. Breland is a former 2X World Champion who won five New York Golden Gloves Titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. Breland compiled an impressive amateur record of 110–1 before turning pro in 1984. In 1987, Breland won the vacant WBA Welterweight Title but lost it to Marlon Starling. In 1989, Breland again won the vacant WBA Welterweight Title and made three successful title defenses before losing it to Aaron Davis in 1997. Breland retired with a professional record of 35–3–1 (25 KOs). Currently, Beland is the boxing trainer of the undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder.
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Team IMG_4382LASD returned to California today from competing in the New York Battle of the Badges. Unfortunately LA did not pick up any wins, the fights were very competitive and the event raised money to fight Autism.

Results
135lbs Marina Lizarraga, LASD vs Diana Henry, NY Dept. of Corr. Henry winner by decision.
147lbs Ray Encinas, LAPD vs Greg Tuesday, NYPD. Tuesday winner by decision.
160lbs Brandon Manning, LASD vs Dennis Burgos, NYPD. Burgos winner by decision.
160lbs Brian Hoist, LASD vs Isaac Acevedo, NYPD. Acevedo winner by decision.
147lbs Jose Corral, LASD vs Jonathon Alvarez, NYPD. Alvarez winner by decision.
190lbs Remin Pineda, LASD vs Keith Drummond, NYPD. Drummond winner by decision.
190lbs Ruben Rosas, LAPD vs Dave Robinson, NYPD. Robinson winner by decision.

Jun 2015 21

Gleason’s Gym

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NYDSC_7082 (800x529)PD Boxing coach Lt. Dave Siev took Team LAPD and LASD to  Gleason’s Boxing Gym while they were in New York for the NYPD vs LA boxing event. Gleason’s Gym is synonymous with boxing and was founded by Peter Gagliardi, a former bantamweight, who changed his name to Bobby Gleason. The gym moved to Manhattan and then to Brooklyn. Gleason’s is now DSC_7078 (800x502)owned by Bruce Silverglade. Names like Jake LaMotta Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, and Mike Tyson have trained at Gleason’s Gym.  The reputation of the champion boxers it produced earned Gleason’s Gym world-renowned appeal as the pinnacle of excellence in boxing.  Gleason’s Gym is located at 77 Front Street in Brooklyn, New York right under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jun 2015 18

DSC_4902 (800x532)Five members of the LASD boxing team boarded a plane this morning heading to New York to battle with NYPD’s finest in the Battle of the Badges. NYPD vs LASD/LAPD will square off Friday night in the 2nd annual Knocking Out Autism Boxing Event. The event takes place Friday night June 19, 2015 at the Lexington Ave Armory 26 Street, Lexington Ave, New York. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $25.00.

Jun 2015 14

On Saturday ucaboxing (383) - Copy - Copy (800x556)UCA 3rd ranked, Josh Webb, CHP (205lbs, 28, 3-0) competed in a USA Boxing amateur event at Caballero’s Boxing Gym in Sacramento. Webb was matched against tough fighter Hernan Coronel, from Caballero’s Gym (205lbs, 23, 4-3). When the bell sounded to start the first round Webb got off to a quick start moving well and using his jab to set up his combinations.  Coronel kept his composure and kept coming forward landing some solid shots of his own.  The pace picked up in the 2nd round with the heavy handed Coronel coming forward forcing Webb to fight him off.  Webb would get off some nice combinations but Coronel was landing the harder shots. Close 2nd round.  One round a piece going into the 3rd and final round. Webb started the round throwing punches but Coronel’s thunderous shots were finding their mark. Webb would receive 3 standing 8 counts in the 3rd forcing the referee to stop the fight. Coronel, Caballero’s Boxing Gym, winner 3rd TKO. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767

Jun 2015 11

TJosh Webb, CHP (104) (524x800)he 3rd ranked undefeated Super Cruiserweight Josh Webb, CHP returns to the ring this Saturday in a USA boxing show. When asked about his opponent for this Saturday’s fight Josh said, “I don’t know his name but he is 20 years old, has 7 fights and fights out of Caballeros Gym.” Despite having less experience Webb is in great shape and coming into this fight with momentum and confidence, winning his last three fights. Saturday’s show starts at 1pm. Caballero’s Boxing Gym 35 Quinta Ct, Sacramento, CA 95829. Tickets $20.00.

Jun 2015 09

autism poster2015The 2nd Annual Knocking Out Autism Boxing event takes place Friday June 19, 2015.  The fighters from Los Angeles are putting themselves through grueling work outs as they prepare for the monumental challenge of taking on the NYPD Boxing Team in their home state of New York. The line up from Los Angeles is mixed with some veterans and beginners. The fighters will be under the guidance of Coach Jorge Caamal, LASD and Rudy Barragan, LAPD. It all goes down Friday June 19, 2015 at the Lexington Ave Armory 26 Street, Lexington Ave, New York. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $25.00. Proceeds benefit the Autism Foundation.

Jun 2015 07

ucaboxing (1070) (800x425)The Central Coast Battle of the Badges 3 was held Saturday night at the Faternal Eagles Of Santa Maria.The fighters fought their hearts out in front of family members, friends, supporters and coworkers. The fans were on their feet most of the night cheering on the fighters as they went toe to toe from bell to bell.  It was an incredible event and would not have been possible without event promoter/fighter Terry Cook, CDCR CMC, the volunteers and the generous donation from CCPOA. The Battle of the Badges is in the books.  Next year’s event takes place Saturday June 4, 2016. Start training!

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ThJune-Postere Central Coast Battle of the Badges 3 Cops vs Cancer goes down Saturday night at the Faternal Order of Eagles Private Club in Santa Maria; CA. 14 bouts are scheduled featuring fighters from California Men’s Colony Prison and local police agencies. Come out and support this great line up of action as the proceeds benefit the Fight to Knockout Cancer and the Employee Benefit Fund. Tickets are only $20.00, meal included, tri tip sandwich, chips, soda or water. Kids 10 & under are free. Music provided by Smooth Groovz (DJ Artie) & Letzdance Mobile DJ (P. Palma) After Party immediately following the last fight. Show starts at 5pm. 668 S College Dr. Santa Maria, CA, 93454.

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FullSizeRender(2)154lbs Gilbert Valle, CDCR vs  Chris Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept. Pharo winner 2nd rd TKO.
165lbs Alice Lopez, U.S. Probation and Parole vs Tawnia Rojas, LASD. Lopez winner 2nd rd TKO.
175lbs Jake Ching, LA Co Fire Dept. vs Che Parker,LASD. Ching winner by decision.
175lbs Frederic Sabas, Sycuan Fire Dept. vs Brian Petrella, Pasadena PD. Sabas winner 2nd rd TKO.
Walk over gold medal to Stephanie Sparks, LASD, 195lbs and under, open division
Walk over gold medal to Kendra Hendricks, LASD, 135lbs under, novice
Walk over gold medal to Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation, 205lbs under, open division
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Shant SheUntitled-12klanian, (6-0) Madera Police Dept. (6-0) UCA Jr Welterweight Champion

Brent Bugarin (4-0) Santa Clara Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Welterweight Champion

Alan Rojas (7-0) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion

Mike Frazier (8-0) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Heavyweight Champion

Chris Lewis (4-0) Fresno County Sheriff’s Dept. UCA Super Heavyweight Champion

These fighters have defeated everyone put in front of them.  They continue to build their legacy as the best fighters in California and perhaps the country. They are in a class of their own and may be the selected few who retire on top with a perfect record. They know what it takes to be a champion and what it takes to stay one.

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black-champ-banne-3A person who is willing to take risks and face challenges in order to achieve success. One who has superior skills and knowledge and are always looking to stay one step ahead of the competition. To be a champion you have to live, train, act and believe you are one. Champions have something inside them that can’t be explained. Their commitment resolve, courage, determination, and will to win is unmeasurable. These fighters have a powerful mindset which is “I will achieve success or I will die trying.”  They motivate themselves to stay hungry and keep pushing limits. Shant Sheklanian, Alan Rojas, Bryan Williams, Chris Martinez, and Travon Taylor didn’t allow anything to prevent them from reaching their goal of becoming a champion.
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Fight-of-the-NightJohn Henderson, Hanford PD and AJ Forestiere, Madera PD made a spectacular Battle of the Badges debut April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.  They faced the biggest adversity of their young career and showed tremendous heart. Henderson and Forestiere  displayed the type of courage, strength and determination that can only be found in the squared circle. Back and fourth give and take for 3 nonstop rounds. Congratulations to John and AJ for their well deserved UCA “Fight of the Night” honors.

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TDSC_2257 (800x618)wo UCA State Champions were crowned Friday night at the Battle of the Badges in Montebello CA. The first title fight of the night featured #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Joshua Mejia, (8-1) Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. for the UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship. When the bell sounded Taylor and Mejia showed each other a lot of well-deserved respect.  They moved around the ring studying each other while displaying good footwork and technical skills. The fight heated up in the 2nd and 3rd rounds with Mejia pressing the action and landing some solid shots.  Taylor made the necessary adjustments to stay out of danger and put on a superb display of intelligent boxing. This was a high skill level fight between two of the best fighters in the division.  In the end it was Taylor’s superior boxing skills and punch output that made the difference. When the score cards were added up and the fighters were called to the center of the ring, the decision was announced. And the new…UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Main event of tDSC_2275 (800x457)he night featured an unknown, undefeated fighter; name Enrique Frias, San Diego Probation who looked to shock the public safety boxing world by defeating the undefeated #1 ranked Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. When the bell sounded Rojas and Frias were ready to mix it up. This was an all action technical slugfest. Both fighters showed heart and a tremendous chin. Throughout the fight both fighters continued to impose their will and skill on one another. They were landing some heavy blows but neither fighter would back down.  Rojas and Frias were firing off shots until the final bell sounded. This was a championship level performance by two true warriors. But there could only be one winner. Fighting out of the red corner, and the new….UCA Super Cruiserweight Champion Alan Rojas, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.

These two title fights have rematch written all over them and possibly the makings of a Gatti vs Ward type of trilogy. Mejia was Taylor’s toughest challenge at 175lbs and Rojas admitted to Frias he was his toughest opponent.

undercardThe undercard started off with a pair of middleweights, 6th ranked David Chung, LASD vs Brian Hoist, LASD. Hoist, was making his ring debut against veteran fighter Chung, who holds a record of (3-2). Hoist wasn’t affected by Chung’s experience, the crowd or the lights. Hoist was ready to fight and when the bell rang he pursued and pressured Chung for 3 rounds. Hoist pitched a near shutout in his battle of the badges debut, defeating Chung, by majority decision. Hoist is a young athletic fighter and someone to keep an eye on.

Bout 2 featured 3rd ranked Remin Pineda, LASD vs 9th ranked Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. Petrella was looking to rebound from a 3 round decision loss to 5th ranked Jesse Zaranaga, LASD. This was a close fight between two evenly matched fighters but in the end Petrella would come up short losing by decision. Pineda sealed the win by having the higher punch connect percentage and being the busier fighter.  Pineda continues to improve and picks up his 2nd win in a row.

DSC_2148 (800x584)The crowd was treated to a great battle between two warriors when 10th ranked Hector Mendoza, LAPD and newcomer Che Parker, LASD stepped into the ring. No feeling out needed for this one. These fighters had one job to do, and that was fight! When the bell rang Parker came right after Mendoza not giving him an inch to breathe.  Mendoza used his experience to find openings to land beautiful body shots and combinations. Mendoza was the more polished fighter due to his experience but Parker would hold his own and land some solid shots. Mendoza and Parker traded blow for blow and after 3 hard fought rounds Mendoza would be announced the winner. These fighters laid it all on the line and were rewarded with “Fight of the Night” honors.

Bout 4 featured the much anticipated rematch between Gerardo Pachuca, LASD and Jake Ching, LA Co. FD. These fighters know each other well so no introduction was needed. When the bell rang Pachuca and Ching went to work throwing punches in bunches. When Pachuca got hit he came right back and hit Ching even harder. This went on for three rounds. Pachuca and Ching were made for each other. Whenever these guys get in the ring the fans are guaranteed an all action fight. When the final bell sounded the crowd was on their feet cheering for both fighters. Pachuca and Ching displayed great sportsmanship, heart, strength, skill, and character. When the score cards were added up Ching would once again be announced the winner.

The only female bout of the night featured first timer Kendra Hendricks, LASD taking on the highly favored 5th ranked Isabel Sandoval, LASD. Hendricks is the female version of 2nd ranked Brandon Manning, LASD. Hendricks has the same aggressive, attacking, brawling style as Manning.  She charges forward and smothers her opponents with a barrage of punches.  Hendricks was clearly the stronger fighter and imposed her strength and will on Sandoval to grind out a decision win.  Hendricks would pick up her first win and start her climb to the top of the division.

FullSizeRender(16)The Battle of the Badges is in the books. Add another great night of boxing to the long running fight night series at the Quiet Cannon. The fighters did their part putting on an awesome display of talent and heart for the many fans in attendance. Congratulations to the new UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.  and the new UCA Super Cruiserweight State Champion Alan Rojas, LASD. Hector Mendoza, LAPD and Che Parker, LASD received “Fight of the Night” honors. Public Safety boxing continues to grow with talent and continues to give the fans the fights they want to see.

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FullSizeRenderThe Battle of the Badges official weigh in took place this morning and all 16 fighters hit their mark on the scale. Main Eventers Alan Rojas, LASD and Enrique Frias San Deigo Probation made the contracted weight for their UCA Super Cruiserweight State Championship title fight. The Co main event fighters Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriffs Dept. and Joshua Mejia, LASD had no problem on the scales making their UCA Light Heavyweight title fight official. The only thing left to do is fight. It all goes down tonight at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello CA. There are still a few tickets left. Doors open at 5. General admission tickets at $25.00 ringside are $50.00.

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image1The Battle of the Badges returns to the Quiet Cannon Friday night with a star studded line up headlined by two UCA State Championship title fights. In the co main event #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County SD takes on LASD’s own Joshua Mejia for the Light Heavyweight title. The main event features the undefeated #1 ranked Alan Rojas, LASD squaring off with fellow undefeated fighter Enrique Frias, San Deigo Probation for the UCA super cruiserweight championship title. The undercard features a female fight between two LASD fighters Hendricks vs Sandoval. Plus the return of Police Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. taking on Remin Pineda, LASD along with other  fighters making their ring debuts. The Battle of the Badges takes place Friday May 15, 2015 at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello CA. (323) 724-4500. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets start at $25.00 for General Admission and $50.00 for Ringside seats. Tickets will be available at the door.

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On Friday night Hector Mendoza, LAPD will take on Battle of the Badges newcomer Che Parker, LASD. Mendoza dropped a tough 3 round decision to civilian fighter Jonathan Virgen last November and is determined to get into the win column. Parker is ready for his debut and looks to make an exciting first impression. The LA Battle of the Badges takes place Friday night at the Quiet Cannon, CA. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. General admission tickets are only $25.00 ringside tickets are $50.00.

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