Bustamante and Davis square off for the title.
On the horn:
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“I see it going four rounds of non-stop fighting…I see it going the distance and the best man on top,” Bustamante at the press conference to the questions being posed by the Battle of the Badges announcer. "If I can go four rounds with Davis, then I can take it to the next level. . .This is my defining moment in my amateur career."
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Tonight, March 31, the Power Gym USA in Rancho Cordova, CA, is hosting the Battle of the Badges boxing event live. Battle of the Badges is an event exclusively for fighters that are also members of law enforcement, fire fighting and the U.S. military. The main event of the evening is a fight for the United Combat Association (UCA) Light Heavyweight State Championship between Juan “Bad Blood” Bustamante of the Los Angeles Police Department and James “Doin Damage” Davis of Folsom State Prison. The amateur bout is scheduled to go four rounds. Last night at the Folsom LakeBowl Sports Bar & Casino, the two exchanged words and thoughts about tonight’s festivities.
“I see it going four rounds of non-stop fighting…I see it going the distance and the best man on top,” Bustamante said at the press conference to the questions being posed by the Battle of the Badges announcer. "If I can go four rounds with Davis, then I can take it to the next level. . .This is my defining moment in my amateur career."
Davis (CCR-Folsom) let the audience know he was prepared for anything that might come his way during the fight.
“I always come in there and do my best…you never know what an opponent might do…it’s like a chess game , you know what I’m saying, ” Davis said before thanking his opponent. “Thank you (Bustamante) for taking the fight and coming a long way…I don’t think nothing bad of you…it’s a fight.”
Two female fighters, Juile “J-Cat” Williams (CDCR San Quentin) and Stacie Woienski (CDCR DVI Prison), will throw down on a main card bout for the NorCal UCA title. Williams original opponent was called to duty by her military outfit and Woienski took the title fight on 14 days notice. Williams is the number one ranked UCA fighter in her class and didn't find the last minute change in opponent concerning.
"Here's the thing about my mental preparation, I'm not worried about who my opponent is," Williams said at the press conference.
Woienski was excited to be involved with the Battle of the Badges event when she spoke to SRMMA about her desire to fight the best fighters she can. Woienski recently decided that she wanted to pursue an amateur fighting career and see what opportunities it could bring her. Wanting to be tested early on is what Woienski seemed to most desire when she discussed the reasoning behind taking a fight against a talented opponent like Williams; she felt physically ready to take on the challenge as well.
"Well, I took this fight on fourteen days notice, but my body feels better than it has in two weeks,” Woienski said at the weigh in presser.
That bout isn’t the only one on the card between quality female opponents. Christy Kim (U.S. Air Force) arrived at the weigh in wearing high heels, something that her opponent didn’t find to be the most intimidating tactic. Lindsay “Bull Dozier” is the UCA number two ranked featherweight and a Police Olympics Gold Medalist. Dozier (Fresno PD) is fighting Kim for a NorCal UCA title and believes that her aggression is a key asset to her winning ways.
“I’m prepared to control the center (of the ring) and wherever the fight goes,” Dozier said to SRMMA. “I’m very humble and I respect that any fighter can bring something to the fight that I have to be prepared for, but she did wear high heels to the weigh ins. . . I hope she respects me.”
Power Gym USA is 11327 Folsom Blvd., in Rancho Cordova, CA 95742. Doors open at 5 P.M. and the first fight is at 7 P.M. Check out www.BATTLEOFTHEBADGESSAC.com for more details, and stay strapped to SRMMA.COM for post-fight news and reviews.
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