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Guns & Hoses fighters take a jab at child abuse, neglect
Monday, March 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Indiana State Police Trooper Mark True, right, and Sam Behrle, an Anderson Township, Ohio, firefighter trade punches. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
Brent Bennett, right, of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, looks on as referee Kurt Spivey declares the fight over after Bennett leveled his opponent Chris Stallings, of the Covington Police Department. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
Six local police officers and firefighters stepped into the ring Saturday night to raise money for charity.
The third annual Guns & Hoses boxing match sold out, with 1,600 people in attendance at the Belterra Casino and Resort.
The event raised money for the Children's Advocacy Center of southeastern Indiana.
The Guns team won the overall title, going 11-3 in the evening's fights. One fight featured two members of fire departments fighting each other and three fights featured police officers fighting each other.
Representatives from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and Madison Fire Department fought during the charity event. Local fighters went 4-2 on the evening.
The second fight of the evening was MPD Senior Patrolman William Watterson, who fought Justin Zinser with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Fire Department.
Watterson, who is in his third year fighting, came out strong with a series of quick punches. Watterson was 15 pounds lighter and four years younger than his opponent, and his speed was evident throughout the fight. He won by majority decision.
Lt. Kyle Donnell of Western Fire Co. No. 3 fought Wes Anderson of the Boone County (Ky.) Sheriff's Department in the eighth fight of the night. Donnell was fighting in his first Guns and Hoses match, and he came out aggressively. But he was overmatched and lost by a majority decision.
Capt. Keith Hartman with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department lost his fight, but gained the respect of the crowd by sticking in the fight and lasting all three rounds.
Hartman's opponent, Ryan McQueen with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, was 15 years younger, 15 pounds heavier and three inches taller. Hartman was outmatched from the beginning, and his nose began bleeding in the first round.
By the end of the fight, Hartman's face was covered in blood, but he refused to give in. Hartman lost by a majority decision.
Trooper Mark True of the Versailles post of the Indiana State Police fought in the 11th fight of the night, squaring off against Sam Behrle with the Anderson Township (Ohio) Fire Department.
True and Behrle were neck and neck through the fight, both men staying aggressive and both men landing a few solid punches through each round. They came out furious in the final round, but True ended up winning a split decision.
Senior Patrolman Joe Baker with MPD fought Dean Fogle with the St. Paul Fire Department. Unlike most fighters, Baker went on the defensive mostly, dodging punches.
He had a solid left hook that Fogle couldn't find an answer for, and Baker went on to win by majority decision.
The final fight of the evening was Deputy Brent Bennett with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department against Chris Stallings with the Covington (Ky.) Fire Department. Stallings was in his third year fighting, and also the captain of the Hoses team.
Bennett came out with strong punches to the head and face. Stalling barely had a chance to land a punch. Bennett landed a solid right hook in the first round; Stallings went down and did not get up. Bennett won by knockout.
The last three fights were decided by knockouts in the first round. Two were technical knockouts.
The event also featured a first when two women fought each other. June Brackett with the Indiana Gaming Commission faced off against Jessica Moening with the Colerain (Ohio) Fire Department.
Moening, who is 15 years younger than Brackett, dominated the fight, knocking her opponent down three times in the first two rounds.
VIDEO: KNOCKOUT PUNCH
PHOTOS: KNOCKOUT PUNCH
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