Local police and firefighters ready to scold with NYPD at Guns N ‘Hoses boxing event
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Jacksonville officers and firefighters will stand up for our hometown honor when they face New York City Police at the 22nd Annual Guns N ‘Hoses Charity Boxing Event. The bell rings at 6:30 p.m. at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday.
Fifteen Jacksonville officers and firefighters trained hundreds of hours for Saturday’s game. It’s for a good cause, raising money for local charities.
“These fighters, they took their punches and they’re very committed and they put in the time and made the commitments,” said Carl Graham, Guns N ‘Hoses head coach.
Graham said it was a good personal challenge for the boxers.
“It brings a lot of unity,” he said. “I can tell you that, coming out of COVID right now, it’s no secret that everyone is looking forward to the better half of the second half of the year.”
Guns N ‘Hoses is organized by the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
The event will begin with a street party outside the arena at 3:30 pm The bell rings at 6:30 pm The games consist of three one-minute rounds. Then there is an after party at 9:30 p.m. with live music.
Boxers trained three times a week to prepare for the event and this is more than a boxing charity event, it is a way for all boxers to be connected.
“I’ve been doing this since 2015 and I’ve met a lot of people, guys they come and go, and most of them say we’ve made a really strong bond and we’ve become like family, either firefighters or police, “said Hector Gutierrez a correctional officer with JSO.
Gutierrez is also a four-fight veteran preparing to face off.
“It means a lot. I can help Jacksonville people who are in need,” he said.
He and the other boxers are fighting for a better community.
Over the past 21 years, this event has taken place and raised over $ 1.6 million for local charities in Jacksonville.
The event is expected to bring together a crowd of at least 10,000 people.
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