The April 21 boxing event entitled “Summer of Fury: Battle of Heroes” has been dubbed a great success by ATO officials who counted $13,000 in proceeds.
The Saturday evening matches pitted law enforcement and first responders against each other in more than 10 different three-round bouts held at one of ATO’s favorite venues, the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company on Sumner, off Sawyer north of Washington Avenue.
Attendees paid $25 each for a ticket to see these boxers, many of whom were Houston police officers and firefighters. But there were other funding mechanisms, including the purchase of VIP tables at ringside.
Boxers came from agencies in the Greater Houston area, Texas, and even other states.
Gabriela, Tom here are the results of the action-packed fights.
In the main event, Julio Diaz of Kingwood faced off against Chris Longoria of North Patrol for the battle of Region 1. Two of the most talented boxers in the Houston Police Department battled and the only determination that could be made is that they are the best 160-pound first responder fighters in the nation! In post fights interviews both fighters expressed the sentiment that they are the best 160 pounders in the nation and called out Los Angeles, New York, the entire state of Massachusetts, Jacksonville, and put the nation on notice.
The co-main event featured two-time golden glove winner Police Officer Richard Henry and the reigning Golden Glove winner Precinct 1 Constable Will Jones. The fight ended in a KO victory by Richard Henry.
Los Angeles Sherriff Deputy and Houston crowd favorite April Fonseca cruised her way to a dominant and unanimous victory against San Antonio native Cherrell Holmes. April has added her second Guns and Hoses Houston belt.
Gang Officer Jay Alexander was victorious against Los Angeles Sherriff Deputy Kevin McGalliard. Jay was able to secure the victory and nearly ended the fight early by landing a vicious power punch that broke the nose of his opponent.
Fan-favorite Laura Servise displayed her progress and dominated her fight against Sugarland Firefighter Kelly Kintano. Laura won by a unanimous decision and added a second Guns and Hoses Houston belt.
Houston Police Officer Joel DeLeon was impressive in his debut fight but sustained a loss to Sugarland Firefighter Maurice Williams.
Houston Firefighter Jesus Diaz and the younger brother of Julio Diaz pushed the action and defeated Village Firefighter Lauro Lopez. Jesus’ belt was presented to him by HFD Chief Pena who was ringside supporting “The Pride of HFD.”
Jeremiah Beloney of HCESD12 defeated Guns and Hose’s veteran Precinct 1 Constable Glenn Salisbury and collected his first win against a formidable opponent.
Firefighter Elijah Cordero defeated Charles Adams Jr. in a very competitive fight.
Channelview Firefighter Luis Ibarra was defeated by a split decision in a very narrow and one of the closest fights of the evening by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Hicks. In the post-fight interviews, both fighters expressed a strong interest in a rematch either in Texas or California.