The Central California Battle of the Badges returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium April 11, 2015 with another blockbuster night of UCA Championship boxing. The under-card is stacked with local talent and future title contenders. One of the many exciting bouts of the night will feature two fighters making their Battle of the Badges debut. Hanford Police Departments own John Henderson vs Madera Police Departments AJ Forestiere in a three round Super Middleweight showdown. Fans can expect an all action fight when these two warriors step into the ring. Also on the card will be 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept. taking on 4th ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD in a 3-round UCA Jr Middleweight Title eliminator. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for the UCA crown held by Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD. The high light of the undercard features the return of the former #1 ranked Heavyweight Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. stepping back in the ring one last time to prove he is still the best. Williams will be taking on Louisiana Champion Anthony Deshautelle; Alexandria Police Dept. The best from California vs the best from Louisiana, Champion vs Champion for the UCA Masters Super Heavyweight Championship. It all goes down Saturday April 11, 2015 Hanford Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5:00 first fight at 7:00. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30.00 Reserved Ringside $50.00
The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. made a big splash in his amateur Muay Thai debut. On Saturday, February 21, 2015 Modesto, CA. Lewis took on hometown favorite Abel Esparza, Modesto, CA in a 3 round heavyweight fight. Lewis made quick work of Esparza punishing him with thunderous kicks and punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight half way through the 2nd round. After the fight Lewis was asked if he was nervous about fighting the hometown favorite, Lewis replied, “I’ve been hit by Cain Velasquez and Lavar Johnson and no one hits harder than those guys. I wasn’t worried at all.” All three fighters from the Buhawe Fighting Alliance team won their fights on Saturday. Lewis next fight will be April, 11, 2015, Hanford Civic Auditorium when he defends his UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title against the undefeated #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. To see Chris Lewis fight photos visit UCA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.875162799200889.1073742011.219484084768767&type=1
UCA 2nd Ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno Police Dept prepares to go to war with 4th ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD in a Jr Middleweight showdown with major championship title implications riding on the line. Don’t miss this Jr Middleweight shootout between two of the best Public Safety fighters in the state April 11, 2015 Central California Battle of the Badges at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, Hanford CA. To see Chris Martinez workout photos visit UCA facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
There has been a change of opponent for the UCA Masters Super Heavyweight Championship Title Fight. Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. will now be fighting Louisiana’s Battle of the Badges Champion Anthony Deshautelle, Alexandria Police Dept. After speaking with Team Louisiana and in a constant effort to keep fights evenly matched we decided Deshautelle would be a better match up for Williams. The UCA takes every precaution to insure fighter safety and evenly match bouts. Williams and Deshautelle will battle it out for the UCA Masters State Championship Title and Public Safety Boxing History. Don’t wait, tickets are on sale now! Tickets are only $30.00 General Admission and $50.00 Reserved Front Row. Battle of the Badges April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium.
Pechanga Resort and Casino will be the site of the first Battle of the Badges event of the year. The card features a star studded line up. The highlight of the card will feature the UCA Jr Middleweight Champion Dusty Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept. defending his title against the hard charging 3rd ranked Brandon Manning, LASD. Manning picked up the biggest win of his career defeating the former Jr Middleweight title challenger Eddie Montano, LAPD. and plans on making it two upsets in a row and adding another UCA title to the LASD Team. Rodriguez may be the most complete fighter in the game. He can fight on the inside as well as the outside and puts together beautiful combinations with power and speed. Styles make fights and with Manning’s straight-ahead aggressive style and Rodriguez precision punching and calculating attack this makes for a great fight. Don’t miss this great night of boxing Saturday March 28, Pechanga Resort Casino. For tickets and more information visit www.socalbattleofthebadges.com.
The UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. held an open workout in Fresno with his Buhawe Fighting Alliance team. Lewis displayed power and speed as he sparred, hit the bags and focus mitts. Lewis will face #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. in an earth shattering main event for the UCA State Championship Title. Fans can anticipate a war when Lewis and Masse enter the ring. April 11, 2015, Central California Battle of the Badges, Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now! To see workout photos visit UCA Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Combat-Association/219484084768767
Despite Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept. being stripped of his title as the UCA Super Heavyweight Champion due to injury and inability to compete this may not be the end. “I’m going to sit out for awhile,” Jones said. “I want to get my knees stronger and back in good shape. I will see where I’m at and how I’m feeling.” If Jones decides to hang up the gloves for good, he left on top. He beat the best out there and established himself as the best Super Heavyweight in California. Jones captured the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title at the NorCal Battle of the Badges April 20, 2013 by defeating the former 2nd ranked Rahsaan Harrison, LASD by decision. Jones went on to defend his title at the Central California Battle of the Badges April 19, 2014 against former top ranked Shay McIntyre, Folsom Prison. Jones climbed his way to the top by picking off John Afanasiev, Stockton Police Dept. and Adam Zamudio, Fresno Sheriff Dept. Whether or not Cleon Jones returns to the ring he will always be remembered as one of the best Super Heavyweights in California.
Richard de Give Sports Editor
AVENAL – There’s been a change of command at the Avenal Police Activities League gym. With the retirement of Armando Mancinas, who founded the Kings Boxing Club in 1999, Senior Officer Dennis Vargas has taken over coaching duties at the gym that has produced 2014 Olympian and NABF junior middleweight champ Jose Ramirez and potential 2016 Olympian Marisol Lopez. Mancinas, a former All-Army boxing champ, is also a retired correctional counselor. “After 14 years of developingg young boxers, I decided to focus on my own family,” Mancinas said. “I took early retirement to get Jose to the Olympics, got him to 8-0 as a pro, and he decided to go train with Freddie Roach. I decided I didn’t want to be in that position again.”
Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept. once a major star in Public Safety Boxing, winning gold medals in the Police Olympics and establishing himself as one of the best fighters in California makes his much anticipated return to the ring. Williams will return to action April 11, 2015 to square off with Louisiana’s best James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept for the UCA Masters Heavyweight State Championship Title. Team Moore is traveling to California in hopes of bringing the UCA belt back to Louisiana to prove they have the best fighters. This history making fight takes place Saturday April 11, 2015 as a part of the Central California Battle of the Badges event being held at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30.00, reserved front row $50.00.
With less than 3 months before the most anticipated Battle of the Badges event of the year, fighters showed up to Thrive Fresno Training Center, Fresno California for media day. The fighters were photographed as they worked out and talked about the upcoming April 11, 2015 event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. Main event fighter Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. sparred and shadowboxed while, Middleweight UCA Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. displayed his footwork and speed. The undefeated 2nd ranked Jr Welterweight Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. was on hand looking in tip top shape. 2nd ranked Chris Martinez, Fresno PD, 10th ranked Devon Dejoie, Navy and Battle of the Badges newcomer AJ Forestiere, Madera PD worked out and talked about their training and thoughts on their opponents. Bryan Williams, Fresno PD talked about his much anticipated return to the ring against Louisiana Battle of the Badges Champion James Moore, Monroe Fire Dept. Contract negations are still being worked out for this Masters UCA Heavyweight State Championship Title fight. The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty Street. Tickets are on sale now! General Admission $30 Reserved front Row $50. Doors open at 5pm. Fights start at 7pm. To see photos from Thrive Training Center visit UCA Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.861514460565723.1073742006.219484084768767&type=1
On Saturday April 11, 2015, UCA Championship Boxing returns to the Hanford Civic Auditorium for the 2nd annual Central California Battle of the Badges. The main event of this UCA Triple Header features a high octane super heavyweight championship fight between two of the best and most athletic super heavyweights in the state. Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. defends his UCA Super Heavyweight Title against battle tested, #1 ranked Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. The co main event features hometown favorite UCA Middleweight State Champion DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. making the first defense of his title against hard hitting #1 ranked Quincy Mirage, Los Angeles Police Dept. Rounding out this championship night of boxing will be the best Jr Welterweight in the state Francisco Flores, Stanislaus Sheriff’s Dept. taking on the undefeated 2nd ranked Shant Sheklanian, Madera Police Dept. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or at the door the day of the event. General admission $30.00, Reserved front row $50.00. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 7pm. Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 North Douty Street, Hanford CA. 93230. The host hotel for the event is Tachi Palace located at 17225 Jersey Avenue Lemoore, CA 93245. Mention the Battle of the Badges to get the special room rate of $105 a night.
The UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion Kyle Stewart, USMC is leaving the amateur ranks and will be testing his skills as a professional. Stewart is the UCA State Champion and King of the Cage Champion and will be looking to make a name for himself as an MMA fighter in Bellator and the UFC. Before Stewart turns professional he will represent Arizona in the Elite Amateur Fight League. The UCA wishes Mr. Stewart luck in his professional endeavors.
The Elite Amateur Fight League is a nationally competitive team based MMA organization comprised of individual teams to form a league. Each team is made up of 7 fighters, one per weight class. The format is similar to the most successful sports leagues in America. In season one, 4 teams will participate in a playoff style tournament to determine a champion. The league is designed to improve the amateur MMA landscape by providing a platform for national level talent to compete against each other and gain national level exposure while providing fans of the sport a single portal to watch the future stars of mixed martial arts.
UCA Fight of the Night: Awarded to Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. and Iulia Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek Prison. Two fighters who delivered the most action packed, back and forth, edge of your seat excitement. Masse and Tuua gave the fans just about everything they could want from a fight. They were tested and proved they are true modern day gladiators.
These UCA champions have pushed public safety boxing to new heights and opened the door to credibly and validation. Becoming a UCA champion is the benchmark of public safety boxing success. These fighters have the make up, personality traits and the character to handle the adversity, risks, challenges, and setbacks in life and in the ring. They used their God-given talents to reach their full potential and allow nothing to come between them and their goal. These champions had one chance to fight hard, fight smart, keep their composure, be the more emotionally mature fighter and they seized the moment. 6 minutes of work, to live the rest of their life a champion.
2014 UCA Year in review
Public safety boxing put an exclamation point on 2014 with some amazing events and great fights. The fighters are transitioning into a new breed of super athlete that is elevating boxing and showing how far public safety boxing has evolved. The various Battle of the Badges events throughout California this year gave fans excitement, anticipation, high skill level fights, unpredictable outcomes, undiscovered talent, new challengers, and new champions. The Battle of the Badges is the biggest amateur boxing event with capacity crowds reaching between 1000-4000 for each show. The Battle of the Badges continues to expand by bringing out more fans and the next generation of fighters. With the popularity of public safety boxing, fans and fighters have to be excited about the 2015 season.
UCA Promoter of the Year
Mike Young, (LASD Retired) put on two of the biggest events of the year. The LA Battle of the Badges featured the biggest names in public safety boxing and made for one of the most talent stacked cards of recent years. The card featured 4 UCA State Championship Title fights and future championship contenders. Two months later Mr. Young out did himself with a bigger crowd and more exciting fights at the Fight for Life event which benefited the City of Hope Children’s Hospital.
Event of the Year
The Central California Battle of the Badges turned out to be a major magnitude event. It was the first Battle of the Badges to be held in Central California. The doors were blown off from the excitement and energy in the auditorium. The show was a huge success and has now become an annual event.
2014 UCA Fighter of the Year
A fighter who directly impacts Public Safety boxing by the way he/she performs in the ring. A fighter that stood out from the rest and proved they are the best by challenging and defeating the toughest opponents.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD, Jr Welterweight Champion
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD, Jr Middleweight Champion
DJ Vargas, Avenal Police Dept. Middleweight Champion
Matthew Pereida, LASD, Super Middleweight Champion
Kyle Stewart, USMC, Light Heavyweight Champion
Brian Stevens, LASD Cruiserweight Champion
Mike Frazier, LASD, Heavyweight Champion
Chris Lewis, Fresno SD, Super Heavyweight Champion
Cleon Jones, Yolo Co. SD, Masters Super Heavyweight Champion
A trainer who has the knowledge and experience to unlock a fighters true potential and mold them into a champion. There are a lot of critical factors that make a champion, having a great trainer is one of the most important ones.
Mando Guzman, (LASD retired) 3X UCA Trainer of the Year
2014 UCA Show Stealer
A performance that unexpectedly draws so much attention and excitement, it becomes the most talked about fight of the night.
Pierce Masse, Fresno PD vs. Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison. No one knew what to expect when the bell rang. The anticipation and excitement was at an all-time high. What the fans got was a memorable all action, all heart, all-out fight. (NorCal Battle of the Badges 10-11-14)
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation and Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD arrived seemingly out of nowhere during last year’s Central California Battle of the Badges. They put on a memorable performance to become the newest top females in public safety boxing. (Central Cal Battle of the Badges 4-19-14)
A fighter that has power in both hands and can end a fight at any moment with one punch.
Larry Cervantes, LASD
Kyle Stewart, USMC
Bert Castaneda, LAPD
Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
2014 Fights that got away
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD vs. Jorge Caamal, LASD (2)
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Mike Gomez, CDCR
Chris Lewis, Fresno County SD vs. Mike Gomez, CDCR
DJ Vargas, Avenal PD vs. Quincy Mirage, LAPD
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD
Jessica Glissmeyer, CDCR vs. Ruby Aguirre, LAPD
Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara PD vs. Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County SD
UCA Chin of Granite
A boxer with the amazing ability to take huge shots and continue fighting.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD
Mike Barragan, LAPD
Joshua Beuster, Coalinga State Hospital PD
Rishard Hayes, Tribal Public Safety Officer
Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept.
2014 UCA Top Ranked Fighters Missing In Action
Lindsay Dozier, Fresno PD
Crysti Resendez, San Bernardino SD
Shannon Lopez, LAPD
Neil Tremethick, Army
Jorge Salazar, Riverside SD
Rahsaan Harrison, LASD
Manuel Zavala, CDCR
Adam Acuna, Baldwin Park PD
Angel Vasquez, LASD
Erik Ramirez, LASD
Jed McNamara, ABC
Louie Vaca, CDCR
Chris Barrios, LASD
Mike Barragan, LAPD
Nick Bennalack, Anaheim PD
Fighters to keep an eye on
Joseph Flahavan, Glendale Fire Dept.
Rudy Gutierrez, Army National Guard
Connor Bauman, LA Co. Fire Dept.
Josh Webb, CHP
Benjamin Dobbs, Navy
Dre Fonseca, LAPD
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation
Savannah Stewart, Richmond Police Dept.
Shannon Lopez, LAPD
Brandon Manning, LASD
Iulian Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
Hector Tamayo, Pechanga Fire Dept.
Bodin Vimolchalao, Alameda SD
Bill Evangalista, Big Bear City FD
Larry Swanson, LASD
Robert Tamayo, Monterey County Probation
Shawn Sutherland, Big Bear City FD
Chris Anaya, Roseville FD
Remin Pineda, LASD
Jesse Zaranaga, LASD
Jose Corral. LASD
Deserves a title shot
Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino SD
Larry Cervantes, LASD
Alan Rojas, LASD
Jorge Salazar, Riverside SD
2014 UCA Upset of the Year
A fighter who enters a contest a considerable favorite and is defeated by an unknown or unranked fighter.
Unknown Jesus Gonzales,Cathedral City PD defeated #1 ranked Carlos Vega, Orange Co SD
Unknown Asiah Ameda, SBSD defeated#1 ranked Juanita Aragon, Morongo PS
Unknown Travon Taylor, OCSD defeated 3rd ranked Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow PD
Unranked Connor Bauman, LA Co Fire Dept. defeated 5th ranked Brandon Manning, LASD
Unranked Jesse Zaranaga, LASD defeated 3rd ranked Brian Petrella, Pasadena PD
5th ranked Brandon Manning, LASD defeated #1 ranked Eddie Montano, LAPD.
Unranked Manny Amaya, LASD defeated 4th ranked Bert Castaneda, LAPD.
Unranked Kyle Stewart, USMC defeated #1 ranked Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County SD
Unranked Joseph Flahavan, Glendale FD defeated 5th ranked Jose Corral, LASD
2014 UCA Classic Rematches
Rematches are the result of a close, intense, all action, competitive fight, where both camps believe they won. The close decisions of these fights made fans begging for a rematch.
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD
Chris Martinez, Fresno PD vs. Brandon Manning, LASD (Trilogy)
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs. Eddie Montano, LAPD
Matthew Pereida, LASD vs. Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Shay McIntyre, CDCR
Brian Stevens, LASD vs. Travon Taylor, Orange County SD
Pierce Masse, Fresno PD vs. Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus County SD vs. Walter Lavarro, Long Beach PD
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation vs. Deirdre Fonseca, LAPD
Asiah Ameda, San Bernardino SD vs. Juanita Aragon, Morongo Public Safety Officer
2015 UCA State Championship Title Fights in the Making
Francisco Flores, Stanislaus SD vs. Shant Sheklanian, Madera PD (Jr. Welterweight Title)
Brent Bugarin, Santa Clara SD vs. David Bermudez, East Bay Reg Parks PD (Welterweight Title)
Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs. Chris Martinez, Fresno PD (Jr Middleweight Title)
DJ Vargas, Avenal PD vs. Quincy Mirage, LAPD (Middleweight Title)
Kyle Stewart, USMC vs. Travon Taylor, Orange County SD (Light Heavyweight Title)
Brian Stevens, LASD vs. Guillermo Garcia, LAPD (Cruiserweight Title)
Alan Rojas, LASD vs. Chris Barrios, LASD (Super Cruiserweight Title)
Mike Frazier, LASD vs. Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow PD (Heavyweight Title)
Chris Lewis, Fresno SD vs. Pierce Masse, Fresno PD (Super Heavyweight Title)
Laura Morales, Fresno Probation vs. Kayla Loyd, Ruston Louisiana PD (Super Featherweight Title)
Brian Williams, Fresno PD vs. James Moore, Monroe, Louisiana Fire Dept. (Masters Heavyweight Title)
Cleon Jones, Yolo County SD vs. Anthony Deshantee, Monroe, Louisiana Fire Dept. (Masters Super Heavyweight Title)
Matt Pereida, LASD, Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD, Chris Lewis, Fresno SD, Kyle Stewart, USMC and Mike Frazier, LASD have dedicated years of hard work to perfect their craft. They had the courage to risk failure, knowing that setbacks are only lessons to learn from. They live a life of discipline where a lot of pleasures are denied to be 100% prepared for battle. They refuse to join the ranks of mediocrity. They are champions.
All eyes were on the squared circle Friday night at the Quiet Cannon for the 21st annual Fight for Life charity boxing event. The near capacity crowd got their money’s worth as fighters from LAPD and LASD displayed their talent, heart, grit and will to win until the final bell.
Results provided by #1 ranked Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD.
Bout 1 (154lbs) David Chung, LASD vs Aldo Rodriguez, LAPD. A more experienced Chung kept Rodriguez on the outside throughout the fight by landing jabs, left hooks, & the occasional right hand. What Rodriguez lacked in experience, he made up for with persistence & courage, and kept coming forward. Both men showed great sportsmanship throughout the fight. Chung winner by decision.
Bout 2 (168lbs) Hector Mendoza, LAPD vs. Jonathan Virgen, YAL (Ponce De Leon Gym). Mendoza displayed really good skill, switching up from orthodox to southpaw, confusing Virgen at times. Mendoza fought a tactical fight and landed the cleaner, harder shots. But Virgen was the busier fighter of the two; throwing punches in bunches all through the fight. This fight could’ve gone either way, but Virgen would get the nod from the judges due to his volume punching. Virgen winner by decision.
Bout 3 (175lbs) Mike Hernandez, LASD vs Brendy Ponce, LAPD. Both fighters came out displaying much skill & experience. Ponce would look to land his killer right hand while Hernandez moved and boxed, catching Ponce on the way in with a well-timed jab & left hook. Ponce would have some success early on landing some solid 1, 2′s and using effective head movement, but the difference in the fight was Hernandez’ quick combinations and footwork. Both fighters would earn each other’s respect & that of the crowd’s. Hernandez winner by split decision.
Bout 4 (190lbs) Mario Perez, LASD vs. Louis Garcia, YAL (Ponce De Leon Gym). Garcia would win the 1st round by keeping the power-punching Perez on the outside with his jab & his footwork. Perez would come back to land the cleaner combos & harder punches the rest of the fight. Perez winner by decision.
Bout 5 (175lbs) Remin Pineda, LASD vs. Chris Andrade, LAPD. Pineda showed experience & boxing skills, and flustered a very green Andrade with clean combinations. Andrade who is taller & has a longer reach seemed more intent on mixing it up with Pineda…to his detriment. A standing 8-count would be given to Andrade in the beginning of the 1st. In the 2nd round, Andrade came out applying his jab & 1, 2 combo. He utilized his height & reach advantage over a shorter, yet confident Pineda. LAPD corner must’ve urged Andrade to do so during the 1 minute break. Andrade would finish the round by keeping an aggressive Pineda at the end of his punches and landed more shots. At the start of the 3rd, Andrade came out with a renewed sense of confidence…being cheered on & pumped up by the sizable crowd there to see him. Chants of “Metro! Metro!” (Division) heard. Both fighters started out with some flurries & went toe to toe for a bit, but Andrade had more in the tank. Andrade then caught a slower & more winded Pineda with a solid straight right that sent him back into the ropes. Standing 8-count given to Pineda. Though fatigue had set in on both fighters, they went at it full tilt to end the 3rd. The fight would end with loud crowd approval. It could’ve easily gone either way. Early “Fight of the Night” candidate. Pineda winner by split decision.
Bout 6 (175lbs) Jake Ching, LA Co. FD vs. Gerardo Pachuca, LASD. Both fighters would have their moments. Pachuka was game and gave it his all, but the difference was Ching’s cleaner boxing combinations, footwork, and conditioning. Ching winner by decision.
Bout 7 (132lbs) Dre Fonseca, LAPD vs. Marina Lizarraga, LASD. An action-packed fight from the get-go! Both fighters flew out of the gate, firing fast & furious 1, 2′s at each other for the entire first 20 seconds of the fight! Fonseca ducked, used quick lateral movement, & angles to avoid Lizarraga’s longer reach. Fonseca would then land the stiffer jabs & cleaner right hands all through the 2nd. Very loud chants of “Li-za-rra-ga!” & “Dre! Dre! Dre!” heard throughout the ballroom. Lizarraga would have her best round in the 3rd, landing hooks & uppercuts as Fonseca made her way in. These ladies set out to prove they were warriors and fought fast & hard to the end. The amount of heart they displayed was tremendous! At the final bell, the crowd rose to their feet. Their roar was loud & deafening. Both fighters brought with them their fair share of fans, and would make many more by the time the fight finished. Fonseca winner by decision. This bout would receive “Fight of the Night” honors.
Bout 8 (154lbs) Eddie Montano, LAPD vs. Brandon Manning, LASD. Two fighters with contrasting styles. Manning used his mauling, brawling style to stay busy in the clinch and tie Montano up all fight long. Montano wasn’t able to shake Manning off him to get the space he needed to get off his combinations. Manning winner by decision.
Bout 9 (230lbs) Bert Castaneda, LAPD vs. Manny Amaya, LASD. Puncher vs. boxer. Castaneda tried to land some hard right hands & left hooks early on. Amaya used his range to keep on the outside & tied Castaneda up on the inside to stay out of danger. Amaya was the busier fighter. He used good footwork and landed more punches. Castaneda would land a few good bombs of his own in the 3rd, but it wasn’t enough to catch up. Amaya winner by decision.
The greatest rivalry in Public Safety boxing returns to the Quiet Cannon, Friday November 14, 2014 for the Fight for Life charity boxing event. The Fight for Life is a unique event that features a highly competitive, yet friendly rivalry between boxers from the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. to raise money for the City of Hope Children’s Hospital. These selfless fighters understand the bigger picture, which is helping others, and the residents of Los Angeles have taken notice as the event has continually grown in popularity. The Los Angeles Police Department and Sheriff’s Department have been keeping this tradition going for years and unlike their professional counterparts, they fight for a selfless cause—charity. Over the years the rivalry has been a balanced one with both teams winning their fair share of fights. Currently, the LASD team has the stronger team, but not long ago it was LAPD that was the powerhouse amid the competition. The intensity of the rivalry varies from a friendly competition to a more serious one when top level fighters compete. The spirit of competition far exceeds any expectation one could have for such a noble cause. The Fight for Life event is really something to watch and Friday night will be nothing short of another exciting night of public safety boxing action featuring top flight talent.
Another huge success for the SoCal Battle of the Badges. Ten epic fights produced a great night of Public Safety boxing entertainment Saturday night at the Pala Casino Spa Resort. The Co Main event featured a UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship Title fight between 2nd ranked Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. “King of the Cage Champion” Kyle Stewart, USMC. The Main event featured the #1 ranked Cruiserweight Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. vs. Nick Herstine, Security Officer.
There is a new force in the light heavyweight division and his name is Kyle Stewart United States Marine Corps. Stewart seized the moment with a perfectly landed one two punch combination ten seconds into the 3rd round to become the new UCA Light Heavyweight State Champion. It was a chess match of a fight leading up to the stoppage. The first two rounds were fought perfectly by both fighters. Brathwaite and Stewart strategically set up each move and were never out of position. When the bell sounded to start the 3rd round both fighters came forward and Stewart saw a slight opening and threw a jab, right hand that landed right on target. Brathwaite would hit the canvas but he is a warrior and is most dangerous when he is hurt. He has proved he can get off the canvas and turn the fight around. Although Brathwaite beat the count and wanted to continue the referee called a halt to the bout. Stewart winner 3rd round TKO.
Also in action was the #1 ranked Travon Taylor, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. returning to ring on the heels of a major setback in his career losing by split decision to the UCA Cruiserweight State Champion Brian Stevens, LASD. Taylor got back to his winning ways by defeating the hungry Nick Herstine, Security Officer. There could be a light heavyweight dream fight on the horizon. Team Taylor is in discussions of having Travon drop down to the light heavyweight division and challenging the New Champion Kyle Stewart, USMC in the SoCal Battle of the Badges in March, 2015.
Big time UCA Championship boxing marks this dream fight match up. The UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship belt will be up for grabs when Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. faces King of the Cage amateur champion, Kyle Stewart, United States Marine Corps. Do not leave your seats when these phenomenal athletes step into the ring. The action takes place at the SoCal Battle of the Badges, Saturday October 18, 2014 at the Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. Fights start at 6:30.
Saturday night’s encounter between 2nd ranked, Jamaal Brathwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. and Kyle Stewart, USMC promises to be a special one. The talk and training is over, it’s time to fight. It won’t be easy, both fighters will be tested and pushed harder than ever before but the fighter who makes it out on the other side will have their hand raised in victory and claim the title of best light heavyweight in California. Stewart is 8-1 and the King of the Cage Champion. Brathwaite is the 2nd ranked Cruiserweight and carries a 5-2 record. Regardless of the records, the height, the age or experience these guys are warriors and want to compete against the best. Both fighters are coming into this fight with momentum. Stewart is coming off his King of the Cage title defense win September 16, 2014. Brathwaite is sparring and training at Wild Card Gym and dropping from 190lbs to the Light Heavyweight division and will be bringing his power with him. Matchups like this raise the bar for Public Safety boxing and are what make Battle of the Badges events so exciting. Show up early if you plan on buying tickets at the door. The SoCal Battle of the Badges takes place at the Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Doors open at 6:30, tickets start at $20.00.
The UCA title fight agreement contracts are signed for the most intriguing title fight to date. Former Cruiserweight title challenger Jamaal Braithwaite, Orange County Sheriff’s Office returns to the ring for another shot at boxing glory. On October 18, 2014 in the SoCal Battle of the Badges, Brathwaite will face Kyle Stewart, United States Marine Corps for the UCA Light Heavyweight State Championship Title. Brathwaite is relinquishing his Cruiserweight 2nd ranking and dropping down to the Light Heavyweight division to challenge (8-1) King of the Cage amateur champion and Battle of the Badges newcomer Stewart for the vacant UCA title that was once held by James Davis, Folsom Prison and Matt Wurdinger, Santa Clara Police Dept. Brathwaite will be returning to the ring after a 14 month lay off. Brathwaite isn’t looking at this fight as a comeback fight, it’s more like a breakout fight. 175lbs is Brathwaite’s natural weight and if he can sneak past Steward he may be the Light Heavyweight King for a long time. Brathwaite vs Stewart is a very intriguing matchup. Brathwaite is a top level boxer and Stewart is a top level MMA fighter. The question on a lot of people’s minds will be answered Saturday night can an MMA fighter beat a boxer? It all goes down at the SoCal Battle of the Badges this Saturday night at Pala Casino Spa Resort, Pala California. Tickets start at $20.00, doors open at 6:30.
The Square Vision, UCA Capital City Explosion, Battle of the Badges event lived up to the hype and expectations, delivering the fans an action packed night of professional and amateur boxing. The lineup looked fantastic on paper, and proved to be even better when the fighters stepped into the ring. High-level boxing, great technique, unmatched athleticism, knockouts and come-from-behind victories. It was a special card and a great night of fights that raised money for Multiple Scleroses, Race to Erase MS. This card is going to be tough to beat. Not only was the card stacked with amateur and professional talent, tickets were sold at an unbelievable price of $25.00 for General Admission and $40.00 for Ringside. The fighters were competing for more than a victory they were fighting to help find a cure for MS. Eight very proud Public Safety fighters were on the card and they did not disappoint.
The first UCA fight featured Josh Webb, CHP vs. Battle of the Badges newcomer Jason Gutknecht, Madera Police Dept. Webb’s game plan was to keep the fight on the outside and keep Gutknecht on defense by throwing a lot of punches. Gutknecht’s plan was to find a home for his powerful straight left hand. Webb would execute his game plan first landing a straight right hand scoring a flash knockdown. Gutknecht would get right up and continue to come forward. Gutknecht had his moments and was most effective when he worked behind his jab. Gutknecht seemed to slow down half way through the 2nd round and Webb began to pull away out working Gutknecht. Webb boxed brilliantly on the outside with good footwork, head movement and mixing up his punches to the body and head. Webb winner by decision.
The energy and excitement was at its peak when Super Heavyweights Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. and Iulia Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek Prison squared off. This is the one everyone was waiting for. As soon as the bell sounded Tuua came straight at Masse with deadly intent. Tuua caught Masse with a hard shot in the first round and it looked like it this fight would be done in one. Masse would receive a standing 10 count. When the fight resumed Masse stayed on the outside looking to establish his jab and keep Tuua at a safe distance. Masse would land a good combination before Tuua would close the distance and land another devastating blow. Tuua has horseshoes in his gloves and whatever he hits, he destroys. The referee would step in again and take a good look at Masse as he gave him a standing 10 count. The three knockdown rule was in effect and one more knock down and the fight is over. Masse would survive the first round but was in serious trouble. Masse did some good work in the round but was clearly behind on the score cards. Masse’s trainer Bryan Williams, Fresno PD pleaded with his fighter to not sit in front of Tuua and to move and box. Masse started the 2nd round on steady legs, boxing and moving like a lightweight. Tuua was visibly exhausted in the 2nd round and tried to land a big punch before he ran out of gas completely. Masse would press the action and catch Tuua with a 3 punch combination against the ropes but Tuua was too tired to answer back prompting the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout. Pierce winner 2nd rd TKO. What a fight! Not only did Tuna and Masse steal the show, they also picked up “Fight of the Night” honors. These two gladiators will meet again.
Josh Tann, Cal Fire vs Chris Anaya, Roseville Fire Dept. featured two evenly matched fighters with the same skill set. Who would impose their will on the other? Round one and two were very close. Both fighters threw and landed the same amount of punches. Even fight going into the 3rd round whoever comes out hard, wins the fight. Anaya would initiate the action and come forward throwing three punches to Tann’s one. Tann and Anaya made it a tough fight for the judges at ringside to score. Anaya would pick up the decision win due to his offensive output in the 3rd round.
And the New….
Congratulations to Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. on becoming the new UCA Super Heavyweight State Champion. Chris Lewis took on Zeke Johnston, (civilian) Security Officer in Saturday night’s UCA Main Event. Both fighters came out hard at each other to start the fight. The pace would eventually slow down and Lewis would find his openings and land some clean shots against the hard charging Johnston. Johnston gave a good account of himself against the younger fighter but Lewis was just too good. Lewis moved comfortably around the ring working angles and mixing up his punches. Lewis finished strong landing a straight right hand forcing the referee to take a close look at Johnston and administer a standing 10 count. When the bell sounded to end the fight Lewis would pick up a three-round unanimous decision win over the grizzled veteran Zeke Johnston. With the win, Lewis remains perfect and claims the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Strap. The win also sets up an earth shattering blockbuster Super Heavyweight State Championship title fight against Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. in the Central California Battle of the Badges April, 11, 2015 at the Civic Auditorium.
It was a huge night for public safety boxing as UCA fighters competed on the same card a professional fighters and perhaps future world champions. The public safety fighters did not disappoint and earned respect from the professional fighters and the fans.
October 11, 2014 will be a big night for public safety boxing. Continuing to break fresh ground, for the first time public safety fighters will be featured on the same card as professional fighters. Square Vision Entertainment and the United Combat Association present the Capital City Explosion, Battle of the Badges, Saturday night at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, Sacramento, California. Tickets are on sale now and start at only $25 dollars for general admission and $40 for Ringside. Don’t miss your chance to see the best professional and public safety boxers in California lay it all on the line for charity. Aside from the fighters being on the fast track toward title contention they will also be fighting to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Race to Erase MS. The event takes place tonight at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento CA. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm. Tickets are available online and will also be available at the door.
In a shocking development #1 ranked, Mike Gomez, CDCR, CHCF pulls himself from title fight. Gomez was scheduled to fight last minute replacement 9th ranked Chris Lewis, Fresno Sheriff’s Dept. for the vacant UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title. Gomez had a physical on Monday and his blood pressure was high and did not want to risk his health in Saturday night’s title fight at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel. When Lewis heard the news he said, “Find me an opponent, I want to fight.” No other challengers were available to fight with 4 days notice except two time Battle of the Badges civilian fill in fighter Zeke Johnston. When Johnston was asked to fight he said, “It’s short notice but I’m a competitor I want the challenge, lets do it, I’m in.” Both fighters guarantee to give the fans a great show.
On October 11, 2014 Battle of the Badges newcomer Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept will step into the ring for the first time against fellow newcomer Iulia Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek in a 3 round Super Heavyweight bout. The UCA caught up with Masse to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight.
Coach: Bryan Williams, Fresno Police Dept.
Gym: Thrive Training Center, Fresno, CA
UCA-How has the process been preparing for the fight with work and family?
PM-Training had been hard on the family but my wife supports me and understand that I need the gym time to prepare.
UCA-How many days a week are you getting to the gym to train?
PM- I’m getting to the gym about 3 days a week for specifically boxing.
UCA-Are you doing any unique or crazy training to prepare for the fight?
PM-No crazy training. Just lots of conditioning, footwork, and sparring.
UCA-Is it tough finding sparring partners your size?
PM-Luckily my coach is extremely experienced and about my size do he makes a great sparring partner.
UCA-Do you feel you have any advantages over Tuua?
PM-As far as advantages over Tuua, I feel I have the best coaches I could ask for and a lot of right experienced sparring partners.
UCA-You and Tuua both played college football. You played for Fresno State and Tuua played for Cal Poly. Did you ever play against him?
PM-I never played against Tuua in college.
UCA-Based on Tuua’s training video do you feel your skills match up with his?
PM-Tuua looks like a strong guy but ill have the edge on speed.
UCA-Are you prepared for a back and forth battle where you are both tested?
PM-I’m prepared for a 3 round fight. My conditioning is good right now.
UCA-Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight will end?
PM-I envision this fight being three rounds with me ending up on top. That’s what I’m picturing in my mind.
On October 11, 2014 Battle of the Badges newcomer Iulai Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek will step into the ring for the first time against fellow newcomer Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept in a 3 round Super Heavyweight bout. The UCA caught up with Tuua to ask him a few questions about his upcoming fight.
Coach: James Dorris, Folsom Police Dept.
Gym: The Edge, Jackson, CA
UCA- How has the process been preparing for the fight with work and family?
TUUA-It has been really tough. Family is always first on my priority list. I have been fortunate enough to have a wife that is very supportive in anything I do. She takes really good care of our 3 kids and everything at home-along with a full-time job as a teacher. She also holds me accountable for my work outs. Work is extremely busy, as we are going through lots of changes. I am also an assistant football coach at Bradshaw Christian School in Elk Grove. So, with all that and training for this fight, it has been extremely difficult.
UCA-How many days a week are you getting to the gym to train?
TUUA-I train 3 days a week at the gym with my coach James Dorris.
UCA-Are you doing any unique or crazy training to prepare for the fight?
TUUA- Yes. I am currently going through a training called “Warrior Training” that is also put together by my coach. I don’t know how to explain the training, but it’s really tough.
UCA-Is it tough finding sparring partners your size?
UCA-Who are some of your sparring partners?
TUUA- My coach James “Lights Out” Dorris, my brother-in-law Bobby Brooks and a fellow co-worker and a participant of previous Battle of the Badges, Charlie Heintschel.
UCA-Do you feel you have any advantages over Masse?
TUUA- It’s hard to tell. I have a great coach, great sparring partners and I have been training really hard. I guess we’ll find out on October 11th.
UCA-You and Masse both played college football. You played for Cal Poly and Masse played for Fresno State. Did you ever play against him?
TUUA- We did not have the opportunity to play against each other, but it would have made this fight a little more interesting if we did.
UCA-Based on Masse’s training video do you feel your skills match up with his?
TUUA-Definitely. You have two big athletic guys that can bang. I think we match up really well.
UCA-Will you be training on anything specific in preparation for Masse?
TUUA-No, I will just continue to train the same way I have been training.
UCA-Are you prepared for a back and forth battle where you are both tested?
TUUA: Yes I am.
UCA-If you had to pick one fighter whose style most resembles yours who would it be?
UCA-What will you be thinking about as you walk to the ring?
UCA-Have you envisioned in your mind how the fight will end?
TUUA- With a Victory.
Iulai Tuua, CDCR, Mule Creek Prison and Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. will meet in the ring October 11, 2014 and test their skills against one another. This is a high stakes fight between two gifted athletes with the winner potentially earning a shot at the Super Heavyweight Title. Don’t wait to get your tickets to this event!
Chris Anaya, Roseville Fire Dept. vs Josh Tann, Cal Fire features a matchup between two evenly matched fighters looking to get their first W. Both fighters come from great gyms and great trainers. Tann trains at California Boxing & MAA, Fair Oaks under Gil Zaragoza and Anaya trains at UFC, Sacramento under Marcus Reeves. Both coaches are former fighters so Tann and Anaya will be ready and the fans can count on a great fight. October 11, 2014 Red Lion Woodlake Hotel & Conference Center 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California. Doors open at 5 general admission $25.00 ringside $40.00. Tickets on sale now.
There is nothing quite like the anticipation of two big men with knockout power in both hands throwing bombs at each other. Fight fans couldn’t ask for a better match up.
On Saturday October 11, 2014 Chris Lewis, Fresno County Sheriff’s Dept. and Mike Gomez, CDCR, CHCF will square off for the UCA Super Heavyweight State Championship Title. Lewis, will test his skills against the #1 ranked Super Heavyweight in California. Gomez has been sitting at number one waiting for his opportunity to prove he is the best. The wait is over, Gomez will finally get his chance. Let the fireworks begin! When you have two fighters that want something so bad and will do whatever it takes to get it the fight is guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Tickets are on sale now. General $25 Ringside $40. Doors open at 5pm first bell rings at 6pm. The Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California.
There will be over 550 pounds in the ring when Pierce Masse, Fresno Police Dept. squares off with Iulai Tuua, CDCR Mule Creek Prison Saturday night October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, Sacramento California. Don’t be late for this Battle of the Badges Super Heavyweight Showdown it could end early. Masse and Tuua’s style is no secret they both come forward looking to destroy whatever is in front of them by any means necessary. With both fighters being phenomenal athletes with dynamite in their hands this makes for a very entertaining fight. Don’t wait, get your tickets now. General admission $25, Ringside $40. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 6pm.
In a stunning development, the Super Heavyweight State Champion Cleon Jones, Yolo County Sheriff’s Dept. withdraws from the October 11, 2014 Battle of the Badges main event. Cleon Jones was scheduled to make the second defense of his UCA title against #1 ranked Mike Gomez, CDCR, CHCF but suffered an injury in training and was forced to pull out of the fight. Due to this unforeseen development the UCA is put into a position to adjust the rankings and announce a new division.
Moving forward into the 2015 boxing season the UCA will be creating a Masters Division. The UCA Masters Division will go beyond commonly accepted boundaries of Public Safety boxing and provide a division for boxers 40 years old and over. Due to the increased interest in fighters competing over the age of 40, it has become necessary to create this division to ensure even matches and fighter safety. Masters boxers will compete against other Masters boxers and have the same opportunity to fight for the State Championship Title as open fighters.
Cleon Jones, 44 years old will become the Masters Division Super Heavyweight State Champion and the Open Super Heavyweight title will be vacant. Hoping to fill the vacancy and bring home the belt will be #1 ranked Mike Gomez, CDCR, CHCF or 9th ranked Chris Lewis, Fresno County Sheriff’s Dept. on October 11, 2014 at the Battle of the Badges. Lewis agreed to take the Super Heavyweight title fight, replacing Jones with only two weeks’ notice. Lewis is ready to take full advantage of his title fight opportunity; in fact the timing couldn’t be better. Lewis has been in the gym training and sparring for a Muay Thai fight later this month. Gomez will have to switch his focus from Jones to Lewis and prepare for an orthodox fighter instead of a southpaw which Jones is. The fans are in for an exciting fight that is just as compelling as the original bout. Both fighters are phenomenal athletes and hungry to prove they are the best fighter in California. Tickets are on sale now. General $25.00, Ringside $40.00. Doors open at 5pm. Red lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California.
The Battle of the Badges returns to the Capital City Saturday October 11, 2014 for another explosive public safety boxing event. This incredible night of boxing action will be held at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Sacramento, CA. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the best boxers in California lay it all on the line for the Race to Erase MS. Proceeds will benefit Multiple Sclerosis thereby making this event not only a platform to showcase the best public safety boxers in California, but also a path to aiding those in need. Come out and support this great event and great tradition of public safety helping those in need. Tickets are on sale now. General $25.00, Ringside $40.00. Doors open at 4pm first fight at 5pm. Red lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California. Race to Erase MS is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization tax #841238541
Josh Webb, CHP vs Jason Gutknecht, Madera Police Dept. features a matchup between two fighters aiming to get their careers off to a good start as UCA prospects and start on their winning path to the top of the division. Webb and Gutknecht have a lot of upside and could be demanding a lot of attention soon. Both fighters are athletic with contrasting styles which makes for a great fight. This is the front runner for “Fight of the Night” honors. Tickets are on sale now. General $25 Ringside $40. Doors open at 4pm first bell rings at 5pm. Battle of the Badges takes place Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento California.
The LA Battle of the Badges Main Event featured another LASD vs LAPD rivalry. #1, Mike Frazier, LASD vs 5th ranked Bert Castaneda, LAPD for the UCA Heavyweight State Championship Title. It was clear to everyone Castaneda needed to make it a pressure filled grinding fight if he wanted to defeat the undefeated #1 ranked Frazier. Frazier is as slick as they come and may be equipped with the fastest hands and best footwork in the game. Castaneda had his moments and was most effective when he drove Frazier back to the ropes with pressure and a barrage of punches. Frazier would use his jab and elusiveness to stay out of danger. The first two rounds were tough to score and the title was up for grabs going into the third and final round. Castaneda would land some thundering overhand rights but Frazier’s experience, ring generalship and ability to control the fight sealed the win for him. With the win Frazier keeps is record unblemished, solidifies his spot as the best Heavyweight in California and becomes the new UCA Heavyweight State Champion. Moving forward the fight that makes the most sense for Frazier’s first title defense is 3rd ranked, Ryan Hotchkiss, Barstow Police Dept. Just the thought of a potential bout between Frazier and Hotchkiss has public safety boxing fans excited.
The Quiet Cannon is a hot bed for boxing and has been showcasing Public Safety boxing talent since it opened its doors. Friday night was nothing short of another exciting night of boxing featuring the best Public Safety fighters in the game. This card was amazing to watch. The LA Battle of the Badges will go down in history as the most talent stacked cards. Aside from 4 UCA State Championship Title fights there were six, #1 ranked fighters, one, 4th ranked fighter, three 5th ranked fighters and one 8th ranked fighter. What a night of boxing.
The reigning and defending State Champion Brian Stevens, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. retained his United Combat Association Cruiserweight State Championship Title, by defeating Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. #1 ranked Travon Taylor by split decision Friday night in the LA Battle of the Badges Co Main Event. The anticipation was at an all-time high for this fight. This first round was a chess match with both fighters looking for openings and opportunities. Stevens seemed to find his rhythm in the second round with range, movement and landing punches with razor sharp accuracy. Stevens would land the cleaner more effective punches throughout the fight. Taylor would push the pace and keep the pressure on but couldn’t land anything significant enough to stop Stevens’s momentum. This was high level stuff between two highly skilled intelligent fighters in the physical prime of their careers. The fighters lived up to the hype surrounding this fight. Brian Stevens proved that he may be one of the best public safety boxing has ever known. Stevens continues to work on his craft and work harder than everyone else. As Stevens awaits his next opponent it poses the question, can anyone stop him?
The first two title fights of the night featured two long overdue rematches between four of the best fighters in California.
UCA Jr Middleweight State Championship Title Fight. #1 Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica Fire Dept vs. #2 Eddie Montano, LAPD. Rodriguez and Montano can both take a bow in what was a tremendous fight between two hungry warriors looking for validation as the best Jr Middleweight in California. Both fighters put on an excellence performance. Rodriguez proved that even in one of the toughest fights of his career he remains at the top of the division. After three hard fought rounds Rodriguez would emerge as the new UCA Jr. Middleweight State Champion.
UCA Super Middleweight State Championship Title Fight. #1 ranked, Matthew Pereida, LASD vs. 2nd ranked, Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD. When the bell rang Vasquez got off to a blazing start pressuring and throwing punches in bunches. Pereida would turn the tide in the 2nd and 3rd round with constant pressure and matching Vasquez output. This fight was about who can break the other man’s unbreakable will. Pereida and Vasquez pushed past their breaking point, back and forth, give and take for three nonstop rounds. Both fighters faced the biggest adversity of their career and showed tremendous courage. Pereida and Vasquez have something special inside them that can’t be explained. In the end Pereida would scratch and crawl his way to victory. Pereida would earn the UCA Super Middleweight Title with sheer determination. This was a legendary fight that will not be forgotten.
What a night of action at the LA Battle of the Badges Friday night September 26, 2014. The Quiet Cannon provided a perfect stage that featured 4 epic UCA State Championship Title fights. A record crowd was in attendance as the SoCal fans were treated to the best public safety boxing event in recent years.
The night started off with two, # 1 ranked fighters from different weight classes. #1 ranked lightweight Daniel Ramirez, LAPD vs. #1 ranked Jr Welterweight Larry Cervantes, LASD. These warriors believe in their skills and fighting out of their weight class is no problem. Ramirez had the skills advantage while Cervantes had the power advantage. The action went back and forth until Cervantes landed a left hook that sent Ramirez to the canvas. Ramirez would beat the count but referee Pat Connolly would step in and stop the fight at 1:59 of the first round. Cervantes, winner 1st rd. TKO.
Bout 2 featured 5th ranked Brandon Manning, LASD vs. newcomer Connor Bauman, Los Angeles Co. Fire Dept. Ten seconds into the fight it did not look like this fight would go the distance. Manning brought his warrior mentality and tenacious style into the ring and Bauman did a good job of keeping his composure and holding his ground. Both fighters were landing and taking hard shots until the bell sounded to end the fight. This bout would be decided by the judges. Bauman would get the nod and pick up his first win and begin his climb to the top of the division.
Bout 3 featured the return of 2011 Police Olympic Gold Medalist Joseph Flahavan, Glendale Fire Dept. vs. 5th ranked Jose Corral, LASD. This bout was marked by high level technical boxing between two evenly matched fighters with identical skills. Spectacular infighting and beautiful combinations were delivered throughout the fight by both fighters. Flahavan was a little more polished working on the inside and was getting the better of the exchanges in close. Both fighters had their moments, landing big shots upstairs and down stairs but in the end Flahavan was the fresher of the two and was able stay busy. Flahavan winner by decision victory. There is no doubt Flahavan and Corral have the qualities of becoming a champion.
Bout 4 featured 8th ranked Bill Evangelista, Big Bear City FD vs David Chung, LASD. Evangelista had the clear height and reach advantage and looked to take advantage of it staying on the outside and keeping Chung at the end of his punches. Chung would close the distance and have his moments. In the end the judges would see the fight in Evangelista’s favor. Evangelista winner by decision.
Bout 5 Jesse Zaranaga, LASD vs 4th ranked Brian Petrella, Pasadena Police Dept. When the bell rang Zaranaga came out and found his range early landing some nice shots right on target. Petrella was coming forward with defense as a second thought. What Petrella hits, he destroys and he was more willing to take two to land one. Zaranaga would land the cleanest shot of the fight, a right hand that caught Petrella on the button. Petrella would momentarily lose his balance and the referee would step in and give Petrella a standing 8 count. After 3 exciting rounds were completed Zaranaga’s hand was raised in victory.
The official weigh-ins for the LA Battle of the Badges took place earlier today. All the fighters made weight and looked in tremendous shape. In the main event, Mike Frazier, LASD will take on Bert Castanada, LAPD for the Heavyweight State Title. The Champion, Brian Stevens, LASD and Travon Taylor, OCSO will meet in the co-main event for the Cruiserweight State Title. Matthew Pereida, LASD will square off with Aurelio Vasquez, LAPD for the Super Middleweight title. Rounding out this UCA State Championship night will be Dustin Rodriguez, Santa Monica FD vs Eddie Montano, LAPD for the Jr Middleweight State Title. All the action takes place tonight at the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello CA. Doors open at 5pm first fight at 7pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. General $25.00 Ringside $50.00.