EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Let’s get ready to rumble! Law enforcement, fire fighters, and EMS will step in the ring this weekend for the 12th annual Guns and Hoses charity boxing event.
For three years the Guns have held the title, taking it from the Hoses back in 2016. Last year, the Guns passed the Hoses for the overall series lead for the first time since the first fight in 2008.
Now the guns lead the overall series 6-5. But the Hoses are coming out and they are looking to fight for the lead and fight for a cause.
“They just think we go out there and it’s an excuse to beat each other up, which sometimes it is, but in the long run it’s for the kids,” Paige Jones, Hoses fighter, explains.
“I love the whole organization, and I give 150 percent anytime that I’m in that ring, just because I know what this organization does,” Guns’ fighter, Daniel Hopper, says.
All the proceeds go towards 911 Gives Hope, which is an organization started in honor of Mickey Phernetton, and now donating to over 40 different charities that help disabled children and adults in the community.
“Mickey and I kind of formed a special bond and I think she just kind of felt sorry for the chubby tattooed dude, and we just kind of hit it off man," says Robert “Butterbean” Ralph, Hoses fighter. "I tell everybody all the time, I would gladly get punched in the face for Mickey Phernetton.”
“The people who come back year after year they’ve seen, you know, how it’s affected the community and the kids and it really makes it all worth it,” Hoses fighter Paige Jones explains.
Through the first 11 years, 911 Gives Hope has raised over $1.3 million for local children’s charities. Now in Year 12 the fight continues, the fight to make a difference.
If you want to go to the event you can still get your tickets. Officials say they hope to hit the 10,000 mark this year and sell out the Ford Center.
Floor seats are $30 and reserved seats in the lower bowl range from $20-$25, while general admission in the Upper Bowl is $15.