Aug 2019 24

thumbnail (7)Just Confirmed – Joe Fuentes, City of Miami Fire-Rescue Captain will travel to California to challenge the Masters UCA Welterweight Champion Frank Quitugua, CDCR-CMF. Fuentes will meet Quitugua at the NorCal Battle of the Badges Saturday October 5, 2019 Sacramento CA.

Aug 2019 22

thumbnail (6)The NorCal Battle of the Badges returns to downtown Sacramento Saturday October 5, 2019 for “Fight Night Under The Lights”  across the street from the Golden1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings

The Main Event will feature James Dorris, Folsom Police Department vs Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Department for the Masters UCA Jr Heavyweight Championship Title. Also in action will be the undefeated UCA Cruiserweight Champion Anthony Cross, CDCR, CSP Sacramento vs Roman Grider, CDCR Corcoran  SATF.  The Masters UCA Welterweight Champion Frank Quitugua, CDCR CMF squaring off with Joe Fuentes, City of Miami Fire-Rescue. And the 4th title fight of the night will feature the The undefeated reigning and defending UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR CHCF taking on Jessica Segovia, Banning Police Department. 16 total fights. Don’t miss it. Purchase tickets at the door or online through www.eventbrite.com. 

Aug 2019 20

Bring on Kramer

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thumbnail (8)Post fight interview with the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christian Pharo, San Deigo Fire Dept Lifeguard “Bring on Kramer” Lets go! Christain Pharo vs the undefeated reigning and defending UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. Catch weight of 157lbs both belts on the line. “Winner Takes All”

Aug 2019 19

thumbnail (5)The Los Angeles Fire Dept Boxing Team is full of young hungry lions who could possibly take over six weight divisions. This talented group of fighters not only bring technical expertise to the team, but they also contribute passion, strong work ethic, and strive to be Champions..Starting with the Jr Middleweight division is #2 Marco Franco the undefeated World Police and Fire Olympic Gold Medalist. Next is the undefeated 3rd ranked Middleweight Tyrone Hurst. A tall athletic slick boxer with speed and power just needs more ring time. Sitting at #5 is Super Middleweight Bryce Gutierrez who seems to have all the tools just lacks experience. Sitting at #3 in the Light Heavyweight quick, pressure power puncher Ryan Ramirez who just lacks experience. The undefeated 2nd ranked Cruiserweight super athlete Sean Baker seems to have it all, just waiting for his shot. Sitting at the top of the Heavyweight division is Zane Archer who seems to be a natural just needs more ring time. The LAFD team is lead by Coach Adelino Jaminal who knows how to motivate, challenge and draw out the best in the team. This team seems to have all the ingredients for success. Not pictured: (Marco Franco, Bryce Gutierrez, Zane Archer)

Aug 2019 18

1Boxing fans filled the Shaun Diamond Plaza in Pomona, CA Saturday, August 17, 2019 for the 911 Fight Night “UCA Triple Header.” The first title fight of the night featured, from Stockton, CA, the undefeated UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR – CHCF defending her title against hometown favorite Alison Ziolkowski, Care Ambulance (Paramedic). When the bell sounded Martinez came out with good composure and started to put her punches together nicely.  She was using all her tools: angles, feints, jabs, crosses, and working the body, but Alison wasn’t going anywhere. She absorbed the punches and fired back with her own. Martinez turned up the heat in the 2nd round. Alison did her best to keep Martinez off, 30 seconds left in the 2nd round the referee stepped in and put an end to the fight. And still……the UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR CHCF. Martinez will be back in the ring on October 5, 2019 when she makes her 2nd title defense against Jessica Segovia, Banning Police Dept. at the NorCal Battle of the Badges in Sacramento.

2The second title fight of the night featured a Repeat or Revenge match-up between the Champion Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD vs #1 Jack Rivera, Sac City Fire Dept. In a rematch does the fighter who won the first time have an advantage? Does the winner have more confidence because he already beat his opponent?  Or does the fighter who was defeated work harder, correct mistakes, change tactics, and up his level of conditioning to be more prepared? Revenge can be a powerful, motivating force in training camp. When the bell rang to start this highly anticipated rematch Vasquez and Rivera picked up where they left off 4 months ago.  It was a fast paced fight fought at close quarters. These guys don’t need a ring they can fight in a phone booth. Both fighters did a good job of finding openings to land punches. Vasquez started to slow down in the 2nd round and Rivera still had gas in the tank. One round a piece going into the 3rd.  When the bell sounded to start the 3rd round the champion knew his title was in jeopardy and went right after Rivera forcing him to the ropes. Whoever wins the 3rd round wins the fight. Both fighters were throwing and landing punches until the final bell. Once the score cards were added up we had a winner.….And still…. the Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD.

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The Champion Christian Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept Lifeguard vs #1 Dusty Rodriguez , Santa Monica Fire Dept. featured two fundamentally sound highly skilled fighters in an all-time great war for the UCA Jr Middleweight crown. It doesn’t get any better than this. Both fighters are at the top of their game and each have coaches with World Championship corner experience. Rodriguez trains out of Knuckleheadz Boxing in Ventura, CA under coach Joe “Hoss” Janik. Pharo trains at Pacific Training Center in San Diego under coach Eddie Roa. Both fighters spar with professional fighters most notably Pharo trains with the former undefeated WBO Jr Welterweight Champion Maurice Hooker. Pharo even got in a couple rounds with the Champion during training camp. When the bell sounded the fighters were anxious to get started. They met in the center of the ring and started throwing crisp, fast, hard punches. Pharo and Rodriguez looked like pros in there showing great balance rhythm and timing  Tough round to score. Team Pharo made an adjustment in the 2nd round. He used his speed, reach and footwork to move in and out of range of his dangerous opponent. Pharo continued to box with skill, discipline and intelligence in the 3rd. Rodriguez would land some nice body shots but it wasn’t enough to stop the champion. Pharo was the superior boxer and  executed a winning strategy to retain his title. And still…the UCA Jr Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo.

One boxing adage would have you believe that a champion isn’t a real champion until they defend their title. Congratulations to the reigning and defending UCA Champions April Martinez, Aurelio Vasquez and Christian Pharo. They accomplished something a small percentage of fighters ever will, and nobody can take that away from them. 

Aug 2019 17

thumbnail (4)The undefeated UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Aaron Benoit, CDCR CHCF traveled from Sacramento to support his stablemates Jack Rivera and April Martinez at the 911 Fight Night event in Pomona CA.

Aug 2019 16

All weights were made for tomorrow night’s highly anticipated UCA Championship Triple Header. 

The two seasoned UCA Jr Middleweights came in under the contracted weight of 154 pounds. The UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept Lifeguard will square off with  #1 Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept in a high level boxing matchup. Fight fans there are levels to this game and these guys are at the top. Both fighters train in a pro gym and sparred with professional fighters to prepare for this fight. The betting line on this fight is even. 

The only female fight on the card features two female warriors. Fighting out of the blue corner will be the undefeated UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR CHCF who looks to prove once again she is the best Super Welterweight in the country. Staring across the ring from her will be Allison Ziolkowski, Care Ambulance who looks to pull off the upset of the year. 

Its Repeat or Revenge when the Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD puts his title on the line against #1 Jack Rivera, Sacramento City Fire Dept. They say once you become a champion you instantly become a better fighter.  Can Rivera step into the ring tomorrow night and score a bounce back victory and pick up the UCA strap? 

Tickets for this live event, can be purchased at the door starting at 530pm. Saturday August 17, 2019 Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. 

Aug 2019 14

thumbnail (1)The belt will do the talking this Saturday night when 3 UCA Champions make their first title defense at the 911 Fight Night  Triple Header. The main event will feature the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Dept Lifeguard squaring off with #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. The UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR CHCF will defend her title against Alison Ziolkowski, Paramedic. The Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD will take on #1 ranked Jack Rivera, Sacramento City Fire Dept.

Aug 2019 13

thumbnailThe UCA Coach of the Year Eddie Roa and the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard are ready to defend the title this Saturday August 17, 2019 at the @911fightnight event in Pomona CA. Pharo will be defending his title against the former Champion and #1 ranked Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Let’s go!

Aug 2019 08

thumbnail (2)Will the former UCA Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept and his coach Joseph “Hoss” Janik have what it takes to lift the belt from the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo San Deigo Fire Lifeguard? Find out Saturday night at the 911 Fight Night event in Pomona Doors open at 6pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. UCA Championship Boxing Triple Header. August 17, 2019 Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California.

Jul 2019 31

911- Female FightThe undefeated UCA Super Welterweight Champion April Martinez, CDCR CHCF returns to the ring Saturday, August 17, 2019 for the 911 Fight Night event in Pomona CA. Martinez looks to remain perfect when she puts her title on the line against undefeated Allison Ziolkowski Paramedic. Don’t miss this 3 round boxing attraction! Doors open at 6pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. UCA Championship Boxing Triple Header. August 17, 2019 Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California.

Jul 2019 16

Rivera-vs-Vasquez--911-FightsThe road to UCA Jr Cruiserweight supremacy continues as the Champion Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD defends his title against #1 ranked Jack Rivera, Sacramento City Fire Dept in a Repeat or Revenge fight of an April 6, 2019 encounter that Vasquez won by decision to become the new Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion. After losing to Vasquez, Rivera decided to seek out professional boxing and MMA trainer Marcus Reeves for some specialty training to give him the edge he needs in the rematch. Will the belt switch hands? Find out at the 911 Fight Night Saturday August 17, 2019 Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. Doors open at 6 first fight at 7. Tickets will be sold at the door. 

 
 
Jul 2019 11

thumbnailThe UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard is 37 days out from the biggest fight of his career and he isn’t letting off the gas pedal. Pharo will make his first title defense against the #1 ranked former Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Pharo is pushing himself to the limit and knows he will have to be at his best if he wants to keep his belt. Don’t miss the 911 Fight Night main event Pharo vs Rodriguez ”Moment of Truth” August 17, 2019 Pomona CA.

Jul 2019 09

Pharo-vs-Rodriguez---911-FightsOn August 17, 2019 the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo, San Diego Fire Lifeguard will put his title on the line against the former Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Pharo and Rodriguez will be featured as the Main Event on the 911 Fight Night card in Pomona CA. The two of them were destined to meet. They bring to the table the highest skills in the division and are always looking for the toughest challenge. Will Rodriguez reclaim the UCA Jr Middleweight title? Will Pharo prove once again he cannot be beat? One thing is for sure, this fight will answer who is the best Jr Middleweight in the game. Don’t miss it!

Jul 2019 01

911 Fight Night

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UCA Championship Boxing returns to Pomona California for the 911 Fight Night “UCA Championship Triple Header” August 17, 2019 Shaun Diamond Plaza, 171 West 2nd Street Pomona California. Doors open at 6 first fight at 7. Tickets will be sold at the door. 

Apr 2019 08
Once again, the Hanford Civic Auditorium played host to one of the most loaded cards ever put together. The Central California Battle of the Badges demonstrated that boxing has many ways to thrill and excite those of us who love the sport. In boxing anything can happen, and that is exactly what happened in the ring on April 6, 2019 in Hanford CA.  

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The first title fight of the night featured the Masters UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Mike Hagen, California Highway Patrol putting his title on the line against #1 ranked, Izzy Montes, CDCR, California State Prison, Sacramento. When the bell sounded to start this highly anticipated rematch, Montes was determined to even the score. He came out like a buzz saw throwing punches in bunches. Hagen tried to match the output, but Montes kept throwing and coming forward putting pressure on the champion. Hagen kept his composure and was most effective when he initiated the action. Montes continued to score points with volume punches. When the final bell rang, the results would be left in the judge’s hands to decide. By split decision….And the new…..Masters UCA Light Heavyweight Champion Izzy Montes, CDCR, CSP, Sacramento. It remains to be seen what direction Montes and Hagen will go from here. A trilogy, a different opponent, or retirement? We may never see this age matchup for a title again. Montes is 53 years old and Hagen is 55 years old.

The 2nd title fight of the night featured #1 ranked Frank Quitugua, California Dept. ofuca_7908 (800x727) Corrections, California Medical Facility vs Jose “Buster” Bustillos, United States Navy, fighting for the vacant Masters Welterweight title. Quitugua started out very patient and calculated in his attack. He didn’t waste any punches; every punch was thrown for a purpose. Bustillos couldn’t seem to find his rhythm and seemed to be out of range to land any punches. As the fight went on Quitugua got better. Bustillos would have his moments in the fight, but he wasn’t busy or aggressive enough. Quitugua’s ability to stay out of range and make Bustillos miss while finding openings to land jabs, hooks, and straight rights, helped him convince the judges to award him the decision. And the new….Masters UCA Welterweight Champion Frank Quitugua, CDCR, CMF.

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The third title fight of the night featured the undefeated 2nd ranked Anthony Cross, CDCR, CSP Sacramento taking on undefeated Juan Rodriguez from the Miami City Fire Dept. Yes, that’s correct. Rodriguez and his team traveled all the way from Miami, Florida to square off with Cross for the title. When the fighters came to the center of the ring for their final instructions from professional Referee Tom Taylor, it was clear Rodriguez had a huge height and reach advantage. Would Cross be able to close the distance and get inside Rodriguez reach? Let’s find out. When the bell rang, Cross came forward throwing jabs and right hands with bad intentions. Rodriguez kept his hands high to not get caught by any heavy blows. Rodriguez started to let his hands go in the 2nd round, but Cross used good head movement and footwork to stay out of danger. Going into the 3rd, Rodriguez needed a big round to change the momentum of the fight. Cross continued to impose his will on Rodriguez not giving him a chance to breathe. This bout would go the distance and Cross’s power and skill over the course of the fight proved too much for Rodriguez, And the new….. UCA Cruiserweight Champion Anthony Cross, CDCR, CSP Sacramento. Cross revealed he is truly a special fighter with unlimited potential. He continues to get better and evolve as a fighter with each win.

The 4th title fight of the night featured a matchup between two of the best fighuca_8275 (752x800)ters in the game: the undefeated #1 ranked Aaron Benoit from the California Dept of Corrections, California Health Care Facility squaring off with the undefeated UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Gerardo Serrano, Reedley Police Dept. Benoit and Serrano are special fighters whether it’s their belief in themselves, their focus, determination, hard work and discipline, or all the above. There is just something magnetic about them, you see it when they fight and when you are around them. From the first to the last bell, Benoit and Serrano put everything on the line. They electrified the crowd with fierce exchanges.  When Serrano would land a combination Benoit would erase it with a combination of his own. These warriors brought out the best in each other and refused to back down. As the fight went on the exchanges intensified. When the bell rang to start the 3rd and final round both fighters sensed that their chance to win was well within each other’s grasp. This fight was so close, and someone needed to take a chance. Half way through the 3rd round Benoit unleashed a series of punches that drove Serrano to the ropes forcing the referee to step in and give Serrano a standing 8 count. The bout ended with both fighters on their feet trading leather. UCA Boxing doesn’t get much better than this. When the score cards were added up Benoit would emerge with a split decision victory to become The New….UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion. Greatness requires consistency, resilience, and the ability to shine from bell to bell, in every round of every fight. That’s what Serrano and Benoit gave the fans.

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Next up was the most anticipated fight of the night. Those in attendance got an eye-opening treat when the reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. squared off with the only fighter to hold two titles simultaneously, the undefeated 2 division UCA Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept. in a Champion vs Champion showdown. As the bout began, both fighters came out patiently looking for openings. Dubiansky quickly started to pressure and back Blevins up not giving him a chance to set up an offensive attack. Blevins would find his openings but Dubiansky kept the pressure on. It was a back and forth battle between two highly skilled big men. As the fight went on, the action got better. Dubiansky kept backing Blevins to the ropes.  He consistently threw punches whether they landed or not. It kept Blevins busy trying to avoid punches and throw punches of his own.   These guys went to war full speed.  It was a spectacular performance by both fighters. Down the stretch, Dubiansky and Blevins fired off shots until the final bell rang.  When the score cards were added up, Dubiansky had done what no one has done before. He handed Blevins his first loss and lifted his UCA Heavyweight Title. The victory made Dubiansky only the second fighter in UCA history to hold two titles in two separate weight classes, simultaneously,

Next up was a Police vs Fire matchup. #1 ranked Aurelio Vasquez, Los Angeles Puca_8926 (800x737)olice Dept vs #2 Jack Rivera, Sacramento City Fire Dept. 3 rounds for the Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Title. This was a war from bell to bell between two evenly matched fighters. Rivera’s style is to come forward and make you work every second of every round, and Vasquez is more of a boxer puncher who can fight on the inside or the outside. When the first bell rang Rivera came forward and stayed in Vasquez’s face. Both fighters stayed busy trying to match each other’s output. Vasquez came forward in the 2nd round taking the fight to Rivera. Vasquez would box at times, then brawl, and switch between orthodox and southpaw. Both fighters had their moments in the fight, but Vasquez seemed to be the more active and accurate fighter. Throughout the fight, Vasquez and Rivera tried to land heavy shots to turn the tide but neither fighter was able to land anything meaningful. They just kept throwing and throwing. Tough fight to score. In the end, there had to be a winner. And the new…Masters UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Aurelio Vasquez, Los Angeles Police Dept.

DSC_6202 (800x746)The 7th title fight of the night was a clash between two of best in their division fighting for the vacant UCA Jr Welterweight Championship Title. UCA 2nd ranked Devon Dejoie, United States Navy (San Diego) vs #1 ranked BJ Adkins from Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. who traveled all the way from West Virginia to compete for the UCA title. When the bell sounded, Adkins came forward and took control of the center of the ring. He stuck to the basics, kept his hands up, threw straight punches, and stayed busy to win the first round. The second was more of the same from Adkins. Dejoie started to open up and was effective when he came forward. Tough round to score. Adkins may have squeezed it out by landing a few more punches. Here we go. Third and final round. Dejoie came out of his corner taking the fight to Adkins and backing him up with punches but it may have been too late. For 3 rounds it was a tug-of-war battle between two fighters with identical skills. Dejoie and Adkins displayed good composure and good fundamentals throughout the fight. Tough fight to score. When the score cards were added up it was split. But there had to be a winner. And the new….UCA Jr Welterweight Champion, all the way from West Virginia, BJ Adkins, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Dept. 

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We saved the best for last. The final fight of the night featured the former UCA Champion DJ Vargas, Hanford Police Dept. who looks to reclaim past glory and prove to everyone he still has what it takes to be a champion. Having overcome the disappointment of losing his UCA Super Middleweight title to Quincy Mirage, LAPD. Vargas then set his sights on the vacant UCA strap that Mirage was forced to vacate due to inactivity. This was an opportunity that Vargas could not let slip through his hands. Standing across the ring from Vargas is the hungry undefeated 3rd ranked Sterling Ingram, United States Navy who has been waiting for his chance to prove he’s the best in the division. Ingram came into the fight with confidence riding the momentum of a 3-fight win streak. Vargas vs Ingram is a matchup between two fighters with similar skills. They both have great footwork and would rather move and box than stand and go toe to toe. For three rounds Ingram brought the fight to Vargas and landed the more effective punches. Vargas showed good movement and looked for opportunities to land punches. However, he just didn’t do enough to make a case to the judges scoring the bout. The scorecards were unanimous. And the new….UCA Super Middleweight Champion Sterling Ingram, U.S Navy, The statement victory reaffirmed Sterling Ingram’s place as the best in the Super Middleweight division. He has the potential to do some big things and he is in the perfect division for him to start doing so.

The momentum that Public Safety boxing has found over the past 8 years must be used as a springboard to ensure it’s maintained. By building Champions, promoting fighters and keeping them in the public eye. The Central California Battle of the Badges event produced 15 total fights, and 8 bouts were UCA Title fights. This is something which had never happened in one night before in the history of Public Safety boxing. Upcoming events SoCal Battle of the Badges June, 29, 2019 Pechanga Resort and Casiono, 911 Fight Night August 17, 2019 Pomona, CA, NorCal Battle of the Badges October 5, 2019 

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thumbnail (2)In 33 days the UCA reigning and defending UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept will attempt to do what no one else has done before. He will attempt to defeat the UCA undefeated 2 division Champion Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriffs Dept in a Champion vs Champion showdown. Will  Dubiansky give Blevins his first defeat? Will Blevins prove once again he is the Heavyweight King? Fight fans do not miss this event. 16 fights featuring the baddest fighters in country on one card on one night. Let’s go! Central California Battle of the Badges Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets are only $30 for General Admission and $50 Ringside seats. 

Feb 2019 28

thumbnailUCA #3 Sterling Ingram, U.S Navy stepped into the ring for the first time one year ago. Today he holds a record of 3-0 and has developed his skills to become one the top Super Middleweights in the game. In 39 days Ingram will get his shot at the UCA Super Middleweight crown when he goes head to head with the former UCA Champion DJ Vargas, Hanford Police Dept. Fight fans don’t miss the Central California Battle of the Badges Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. 

Feb 2019 25

Stablemates

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Stablemates #1 ranked Aaron Benoit, CDCR CHCF and 2nd ranked Anthony Cross, CDCR CSP Sacramento are preparing for their UCA Championship title fights at the Central California Battle of the Badges April 6, 2019 in Hanford. In 40 days Benoit will take on the undefeated UCA Jr Cruiserweight Champion Gerardo Serrano, Reedley PD.

Cross will go toe to toe with undefeated Juan Rodriguez, Miami City Fire Dept  for the vacant UCA Cruiserweight Championship title. Let’s go! Fight fans this is the most stacked card ever put together. This event is worthy of being on Showtime, HBO, FOX Sports, ESPN, DAZN, EPIX, maybe next year. This year you have to see it live.  15 fights featuring the best fighters in the country for $30. That breaks down to $2 a fight. What?!?’ There is no way this can be possible?!?! Yeah man it’s true. Don’t wait! Get your tickets. $30 General Admission and $50 Ringside. Doors open at 5 pm first bell rings at 7 pm. 

Feb 2019 15

tachi

Need a place to stay for the Central California Battle of the Badges April 6, 2019?  Tachi Palace Resort & Casino has generously partnered with the UCA to become the host hotel and provide top-notch hospitality for the athletes and fans for $119.00 per night.  If you are interested in staying at the Tachi Palace Host Hotel please call 1-800-615-8030 for reservations by referencing the group name Battle of the Badges. Offer ends March 22, 2019. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before check in date. 

Located in Lemoore, the heart of Central California, Tachi Palace’s hotel accommodations are nothing less than extraordinary. This hotel features a full on-site casino, spacious accommodations, friendly service, and all the amenities needed for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. With slot machines, table games, as well as live entertainment, spa and fitness center, there is something for everyone. Standing seven stories tall with 255 smoke free guest rooms and suites, the hotel at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino has been designed to make you feel perfectly at home.

The hotel’s luxurious accommodations offer a spacious retreat from the action and excitement. All guestrooms and suites feature special touches such as 40″ HD TV’s, wireless in-room internet access, in-room dining, complimentary valet parking and evening turn-down service.  Business Center  24-hour Business Center offers service for the traveling executive including word processing, facsimile, copies, transparencies and much more.  Dining  The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino offers several restaurants and lounges to please any palate including a full service in-room dining menu. including a full service in-room dining menu.

Feb 2019 12

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

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

Feb 2019 08

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

Feb 2019 07

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

Jan 2019 17

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

Jan 2019 12

Blevins vs Dubiansky

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

Jan 2019 09

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

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

Jan 2019 07

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

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

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

UCA Promoter of the Year – Jeff Penn, SoCal Battle of the Badges
One who is respected and experienced in putting together the biggest fights with the biggest names. A production that can be compared to a professional boxing event. Events that are held in fan friendly venues and everyone is guaranteed a good time. Jeff Penn has been promoting the SoCal Battle of the Badges for 25 years. The events are held in some of the best venues California has to offer. Mr. Penn has a solid promotional background and a reputation for selling out each event he puts on. He is credited with re-energizing public safety boxing.

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

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UCA Fighter of the Year – Marqus Blevins, Kings County Sheriff’s Dept.
A fighter who directly impacts Public Safety boxing by the way he/she performs in the ring. A fighter who stood out from the rest and proved they are the best by challenging and defeating anyone who was put in front of them. The undefeated UCA Heavyweight Champion Marqus Blevins defeated Josh Webb, California Highway Patrol to pick up the UCA Super Cruiserweight title and become the first fighter to hold 2 titles simultaneously.

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

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UCA Coach of the Year – Mark Irwin
A coach who has the knowledge and experience to unlock a fighters true potential and mold them into a champion. There are a lot of critical factors that make a champion, having a great coach is the most important one. Mark Irwin is the coach of the undefeated reigning and defending UCA Middleweight Champion Kellen Kramer, Bell Gardens Police Dept. Mark continues to make all the right decisions as he continually expertly guides the career of his young champion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UCA Breakout Fighter of the Year
A fighter who steps into the ring for the first time and wins over the crowd with skill, heart and personality. One you can’t wait to see fight again.

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

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

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

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

UCA DJ of the Year – DJ Prince

UCA Photographer of the Year – Chris Akins

UCA Videographer – Fernando Vargas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 UCA Year In Review
As the year comes to a close we will take a look back at the stories that shaped Public Safety boxing in 2018.
Find out who is the:
Fighter of the Year 
Fighter to Keep an Eye On 
Fight of the Year 
Upset of the Year
Who Deserves a Title Shot 
Most Exciting Division 
Division with the Most Potential 
UCA Rumors
and more. 
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thumbnailThe UCA #1 ranked Jr Middleweight Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept started his training camp today and brought in the UCA 2nd ranked 2017 World Police and Fire Games Gold Medalist Marco Franco LA City Fire Dept to help him prepare for the biggest fight of his career. On Friday February 8, 2019 Rodriguez will square off with the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Christain Pharo. This is going to be a hell of a fight between two fighters who want to prove they are the best jr Middleweight in the game. Don’t miss the SoCal Battle of the Badges at Agua Caliente Resort and Casino.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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