Battle of the Badges 4
FDNY defeats MCOFU
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT (L-R) Jamall Spence – Jarrod Lussier
(All pictures by Emily Harney)
MASHANTUCKET, CT (May 19, 2012) – The nationally-acclaimed New York City Fire Department Boxing Team (FDNY) defeated the Mass Corrections Officers Federated Union Boxing Team (MCOFU), 7-2, tonight in the “Battle of the Badges 4” at Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. FDNY took a 3-1 advantage in the amateur boxing series.
“Battle of the Badges 4” (“BOB4”) was presented by National Public Safety Athletic League (“NPSAL”) in association with the FDNY Boxing Bravest, MCOFU and Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Attending media members selected the following award winners: Fight of the Night, Jamall Spence (NYPD) vs. Jarrod Lussier; Most Outstanding Fighter, Josh DeLaRosa; Sportsman of the Night, Matt Kehoe.
FIGHTER OF THE NIGHT (L) Josh DeLaRosa
The entire card was streamed live on GoFightLive.tv with Hermis Yannis (Hawks Media) and “Iceman” John Scully, a former IBF and IBO world light heavyweight title challenger, calling all of the action from ringside.
Medals were presented to all of the participating boxers. Special guests making these presentations included two-time (2001-2003, 2004-2005) World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Heavyweight Champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, World Welterweight Champion (1955) Tony “The Pride of Fleet” Street” DeMarco, WBA & World Boxing Council (“WBC”) (1979) Middleweight Champion Vito Antuofermo, former New England Patriots offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Joe Andruzzi, stand-up comedian and movie/television star Lenny Clarke; star-in-the-making singer James Massone (“The Voice”), and World Light Welterweight (1976) title challenger Tony Petronelli.
SPORTSMAN OF THE NIGHT (R) Matt Kehoe
Proceeds from the May 19th charitable event benefited Work Vessels For Veterans, NPSAL and FDNY Boxing Bravest Team.
(non-team scoring matches in red)
FDNY 7 MCUFU 2
Al Grdovich (FDNY) WPTS Marc Goguen (MCOFU)
Richie Duest (MCOFU) WPTS Timothy McGuinness (FDNY)
Matt Kehoe (NYAC) WRSC1 (1:00) Brian Schwenk, Sr. (MCOFU)
Graham Trout (MCOFU) WPTS James Ling (NYAC)
Tommy Beaulieu (MCOFU) WPTS Ryan Nordman (FDNY)
Jack Kirrane (FDNY) WPTS Dean Hardy (MCOFU)
Joe Schiraldo (FDNY) WRSC1 (1:22) Erik Cabral (MCOFU)
Mike Campbell (MCOFU) WPTS Paul Melocowsky (Hartford FD)
Josh DeLaRosa (MCOFU) WPTS Dean Lucier (FDNY)
Kevin Barry (FDNY) WPTS Marc Tigino MCOFU)
Todd Velton (FDNY) WRSC2 (1:40) Mike Douglas (MCOFU)
Jamaal Spence (NYPD) WPTS Jarrod Lussier (Fairhaven FD)
JJ Ignotz (FDNY) WPTS Ashleigh Moore (MCOFU)
NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ATHLETIC LEAGUE: “NPSAL” is committed to fundraising and promoting efficient techniques to promote recreation and sport/physical activities for youths and adults for the purpose of maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle.
FDNY BRAVEST BOXING TEAM:The organization donates all funds after expenses and has already donated more than $100,000 to various charities includes The Wounded Warrior Project and Building Homes For Heroes.
WORK VESSELS FOR VETERANS: “WVFV” assists veterans returning to the United States as they being their civilian careers or continue their educational pursuits by donating to them the necessary start-up tools (laptops, vehicles, machinery, tools, commercial vessels, etc.). The organization was started in 2008 with the donation of a commercial fishing boat to a returning veteran and to date has helped more than 500 veterans in their transitions. www.wvfv.org
Bob Trieger, Full Court Press, (978)664-4482, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannan McNair, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Public Affairs: (860) 396-6727, email@example.com