‘Guns and Hoses’ makes long-awaited return to the Ford Center

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 5:53 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2021 at 10:58 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The annual “Guns and Hoses” boxing match kicked off at the Ford Center on Saturday.

Law enforcement and firefighters squared off inside the boxing ring this weekend. Each fight lasted for three rounds.

The money raised for Saturday’s event is getting donated to the 911 Gives Hope organization.

“All of the ticket sales is the money we get to give away to the charities,” Robert Ralph, an Evansville Firefighter and boxer said. “Being an organization that has raised well over a million dollars - awesome. Hats off to Evansville and surrounding communities, everyone that’s coming out and showing out tonight. It’s gonna be awesome.”

In the end, the team with the most wins takes home the traveling ‘Guns and Hoses’ championship belt.

“The fighters especially and all of the volunteers that make this happen, we do it for one reason, we do it for the kiddos and individuals with disabilities here in the Tri-State,” Nate Jazyk with 911 Gives Hope said. “That’s why they step in the ring, that’s why this army supports them, so we bring people into the Ford Center and raise some money that needs to go out to these individuals.”

911 Gives Hope is donating all of the proceeds to raise awareness for Prader-Willi Syndrome and other local causes.

“On a typical year,we usually get around 7,000-8,000 people in attendance and all the money that we raise at this event goes right back to local causes, and it’s usually a little over $100,000 a year,” Chris Roe, an executive board member with 911 Gives Hope and one of Saturday’s fighters said.

From Evansville to Vanderburgh County, Henderson, Warrick County, Dubois, Princeton and Washington, many different first responders came out to support and fight.

“Honestly it’s going to be a testament,” Ralph said. “You’ll witness it tonight, it’ll be a testament to this community on how everyone comes out and supports this event.”

By the end of the night, the “Guns” edged out the “Hoses” to take home the championship belt.

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