Galveston Sheriff's deputy Elias Cazares lands a blow as Galveston firefighter Steven Kirsner hits the mat in Bout 2 of Battle of the Badges in 2015. Kirsner returns to fight again this year.

Friendswood, Pearland join Battle of the Badges

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Galveston Sheriff's deputy Elias Cazares lands a blow as Galveston firefighter Steven Kirsner hits the mat in Bout 2 of Battle of the Badges in 2015. Kirsner returns to fight again this year.

Galveston Sheriff’s deputy Elias Cazares lands a blow as Galveston firefighter Steven Kirsner hits the mat in Bout 2 of Battle of the Badges in 2015. Kirsner returns to fight again this year.

Friendswood and Pearland Police and Fire departments are set to compete in the 8th Annual Galveston Battle of the Badges charity event Sept. 10, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Moody Gardens Convention Center.

Battle of the Badges is a sanctioned USA Boxing show matching area police officers, sheriff’s deputies and constables against EMS technicians, life guards, and fire fighters. Proceeds go to local children’s charities, including Galveston’s Boys and Girls Club and Galveston County Communities in Schools.

The event will feature 14 lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight, male and female bouts.

This year’s theme is Galveston Battle of the Badges presents The Greatest Hits. Not only will it include the boxing bouts but also musical entertainment.

“We are bringing back some of the best performers that we have presented in the past to once again entertain the audience. These will include Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Prince,” Officer Jorge Trevino, Event Director said. “We will also have a live local band, Nite Waves, and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.”

A free to the public Weigh-In Party will be held Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in the Floral Room. Boxing participants will pose for photographs and will be allowed an opportunity to speak to the audience on their predictions for their respective fights.

The agencies represented at the event include Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Texas City Police, Friendswood Police, Pearland Police, Alvin ISD Police, League City Police, Galveston Police, Webster Police, Santa Fe Police, Galveston EMS, Austin Fire, Jamaica Beach Fire, League City Fire, Galveston County Clerk’s Office, Galveston Fire, Dickinson Fire, Pearland Fire, Texas City Fire, Round Rock Fire, Marathon Refinery Emergency Response Team and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The event was founded in August 2009 and was modeled after a similar event held every year in Monroe, Louisiana.

Tickets are available now at any Associated Credit Union Branch (ACU) in both Friendswood and Pearland. Ticket prices are $20 in advance with $25 at the door. VIP tables are also still available. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500 which includes advertising in the program, ring cards and drink tickets. VIP tables with no sponsorship package start at $1,000. Tables seat 14 people.

“It is the best amateur boxing show in Texas. It features some of the most entertaining and elaborate fighter entrances anywhere. There were 13 matches last year with 7 ending in knockout or technical knockouts. The competition is absolutely fierce,” Officer Trevino said.

Officer Trevino works with Alvin ISD Police Department.

For additional information, contact Trevino at [email protected]

Story by Karolyn Gephart