City of Los Angeles police officers and deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were in opposite corners of a boxing ring earlier this week, squaring off in the name of charity.
The 19th Annual City of Hope “Fight For Life” charity-boxing event in Montebello raised money for the cancer-treatment center devoted to fighting the disease.
LAPD officers and LASD deputies faced off for nine bouts of boxing, including two exhibition matches in which both sides were declared winners.
LAPD officers won five of the seven remaining matches, with the last two matches of the night going to the sheriff deputies. Billed as the “Fight of the Night,” Chris Barrios from the LASD Inmate Reception Center defeated Alex Perez from the LAPD.
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca told EGP that the City of Hope was the big winner of the night, raising around $40,000 for the facility’s fight against cancer.
“The sheriff department and the LAPD fought valiantly,” Baca told EGP. “I think the LAPD won more of the fights but the truth is the City of Hope is the big winner.”
Baca and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck attended the event, presented awards to some of the winners and congratulated the officers after the matches.
According to the City of Hope, the tradition began in 1994 after LASD officers met a young boy in the East Los Angeles area who was diagnosed with cancer. Those deputies tried to help the boy and joined with the LAPD to organize the annual boxing event to continue their commitment to help those with cancer.
For more information about the City of Hope visit www.cityofhope.org.
View more photos from the event: Photos from City of Hope’s Annual “Fight for Life” Event