Its A Bout Time For NYPD To Box Long Island Cops 2009: Lets Rumble

Its a bout time for NYPD to box Long Island cops

Let’s get ready to rumble – for a good cause! NYPD and Suffolk County cops – normally on opposite ends of the pay scale
– will be in the same corner Saturday, boxing to raise money for wounded veterans and officers in need. “You get such a great feeling helping somebody in need,” said Billy Judge, 37, an organizer of the event. “It takes a lot of effort, but in the end it’s totally worth it.” The second annual event, Heroes for Heroes, will feature 12 bouts and will be held at Suffolk Community College. Judge, a police officer in Suffolk, said cops traded their uniforms for boxing gloves last year against members of the FDNY. They raised $22,000 for the Suffolk County Veterans Association, which donates funds to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Judge hopes to raise $30,000. The charity event didn’t stop contestants from taking their good-natured venture into the sweet science seriously. “We only had 10 weeks to train, but we put them in ready condition,” said Kristian Vasquez, 39, the owner of the gym in Bohemia where Suffolk cops trained. “It’s sparring, running, conditioning and mental preparation.”

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