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Battle of the Badges in the Books

On Saturday, July 29, 2017 Agua Caliente Resort & Casino hosted the SoCal Battle of the Badges. The night got started with a Heavyweight clash. It was Brad Guzman traveling from Arizona to make his ring debut. It wasn’t a wasted trip to California for the Arizona Correctional Officer. Guzman defeated Paul Giantonio, CDCR Ironwood State Prison by unanimous decision setting up a Heavyweight showdown with undefeated #3 Chris Seelig, Rialto PD.

In the first female fight of the night Nicolette Anderson, Morongo Ambulance made a good first impression defeating #3 Rachel Garcia, Federal Bureau of Prisons by decision. Anderson showed good boxing fundamentals and toughness. Anderson vs Hernandez?

Jasper Sandoval, CDCR Chino State Prison made his ring debut against Travon McMillian, AMR Redlands. Sandoval put on an impressive performance against the more experienced McMillian. Sandoval would walk away with the decision win. Sandoval showed good skills in his first fight and is definitely a fighter to keep an eye on.

Amber Sarkissian, Cal Fire and Natalie Becerra, CDCR, Chuckawalla State Prison engaged in a back and forth Muay Thai battle that had the crowd on their feet until the closing bell. Tough fight to judge. When the score cards were added up it was Becerra who would walk away with the victory.

Daniel Heredia, AMR, Riverside suffered his first defeat at the hands of Carlos Palomino, CDCR, CIM Chino State Prison. Palomino came into the fight looking to make a statement. Palomino jumped on Heredia and did not let up until the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:13 of the 2nd round.

With 3 female fights on the card it was a no brainer one of those bouts would walk away with “Fight of the Night” honors. Female warriors always bring it and that’s what Monique Hernandez, Riverside Sheriffs Dept and Denise Guerrero, San Bernardino Police Dept did. This was a Repeat or Revenge matchup and after 3 rounds of nonstop action it was sweet revenge for Hernandez.

Chris Dubiansky Scores Huge Upset Win

And the new…. UCA Super Heavyweight Champion Chris Dubiansky, Camp Pendleton Fire Dept. Dubiansky scored a shocking surprise KO win over the highly favored Albert “Big Cactus” DeLeon, CDCR Ironwood State Prison in Saturday night’s SoCal Battle of the Badges Main Event. When the bell rang to start this highly anticipated fight DeLeon and Dubiansky met in the center of the ring. Big Cactus seemed to control the action through most of the round. With 10 seconds left in the round Dubiansky landed a blow that momentarily stunned DeLeon. Before he could recover, Dubiansky went in for the kill forcing referee Tony Crebs to step in and stop the fight. DeLeon was humble in defeat after the fight. He stated, “Its boxing, I got caught. He was the better man tonight. “ Congratulations to the new champ.”