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‘Battle of the Badges 5′: Mass. vs. NY this Saturday night at Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, Conn (May 16, 2013) – The Northeast boxing community is supporting Saturday night’s fifth annual Battle of the Badges (BOB5), featuring amateur matches between the Massachusetts Correctional Officers (MCO)and Suffolk County Correctional Officers Association (SCCOA) boxing teams, in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

“BOB5″ is presented by National Public Safety Athletic League (“NPSAL”) in association with MCO, SCCOA, and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Defending champion NY leads in this amateur boxing series, 3-1.

The list of attending boxing dignitaries is led by world champions such as welterweight (1955) Tony DeMarco (58-12-1, 33 KOs), light welterweight (1988) and welterweight (1991-93) James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), and middleweight (1979-80) Vito Antuofermo. World title challengers include heavyweight Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs), light heavyweights Joey DeGrandis (30-8, 13 KOs) and John Scully (38-11, 21 KOs), and welterweight Tony Petronelli (42-4-1, 22 KOs).

Other well-known boxers in the house will be former Irish heavyweight champion, Kevin McBride (35-10-1, 29 KOs), the man who retired Mike Tyson; 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada, an active heavyweight (20-4, 6 KOs) who will be working the corner of his brother, Providence police officer Roland; former New England super featherweight and featherweight champion Mike Cappiello (33-6, 13 KOs), former New England heavyweight titlist Paul Poirier (31-3, 7 KOs), and middleweight Renaldo Oliveira, who fought Antuofermo in Italy. Also attending are former New England boxing promoters Rich Cappiello and Doug Pendarvis. Former New York Islanders Benoit Houge will be on hand supporting SCCOA.

Only matches between boxers from MCO and SCCOA will count towards team scoring.


Richie Dudest, MCO Dan Fagan, Mass. State Police

Matt Guerin, MCO Robert Vansyckle, SCCOA

Shane Vale, MCO Will Faller, SCCOA

Tim Gallagher, MCO Joe Diaz, CT

Jarrod Dixon, CT Dennis Mahoney, SCCOA

Roland Estrada, Providence PD Jason Perna, SCCOA


Paul Finley, CT Alex Mylet, SCCOA

Graham Trout, MCO Terrance Lyons, SCCOA

Erik Cabral, MCO Larry Wojacj, SCCOA


Edwin Rodriguez, Worcester County CO Stacy Smith, SCCOA

Rian Torrence, MCO Dave Salinas, CT


Dean Hardy, MCO Lawrence Stills, CT

Michael Campbell, MCO Paul Melancowsky, CT

Michael Levinson, MCO John Stein, SCCOA


Lisa Antunes, MCO TBA


Christina Leorea, NY Marie Cetti, Bridgeport PD


Ashley, Moore, MCO Danielle Bruard, SCCOA

(all matches and boxers are subject to change)

Proceeds from the May 18th charitable event will benefit Work Vessels For Veterans and NPSAL.

Reserved tickets are on sale priced at $30.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $100.00 (VIP includes after-party) and are available to purchase at the Foxwoods Box Office, on line at or, by calling 1-855-660-6606 X03, 1-800.200.2882, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

The official after-party will be hosted by Comix. Live entertainment will be provided by Louie Bello, starting at approximately 10:00 p.m. ET. The after-party is open to the general public for $15.00 ($10.00 with fight ticket stub).

A special hotel room rate (single or double rooms only) is available at MGM Grand at Foxwoods by calling 1.800.442.1000 and using group code: M16002, or by going on line at

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first match scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.

NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ATHLETIC LEAGUE: “NPSAL” is committed to fundraising and promoting efficient techniques to promote recreation and sport/physical activities for youths and adults for the purpose of maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle.

WORK VESSELS FOR VETERANS: “WVFV” assists veterans returning to the United States as they being their civilian careers or continue their educational pursuits by donating to them the necessary start-up tools (laptops, vehicles, machinery, tools, commercial vessels, etc.). The organization was started in 2008 with the donation of a commercial fishing boat to a returning veteran and to date has helped more than 500 veterans in their transitions.