NEW YORK - The Battle of the Badges is back for the first time since 2015.
The sold-out event at Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen, showcased the 'FDNY Bravest Boxing' team against the 'NYPD Finest boxing,'
This year, the battle also featured a bout between two female fighters for the very first time.
"It's a great rivalry. You know, it's like brothers fighting against brothers. There are four brothers in my family. We could knock each other out and then the next second, hug each other and be there for each other. And that is really what this is all about. The love that they have for each other, but most importantly—the love they have for their community."
"You know what, we sold out in two weeks," adds the director of the Cops and Kids Boxing Program.
Terminal 5 was packed for what marks the 32nd Battle of the Badges—and this year was special as it featured a bout between two female fighters for the very first time
"I'm really excited," says Nicole Malpaso, a boxer and firefighter for Engine 76. "I know my opponent already and I know we're gonna get in there and have a really good time and put on a really good show."