Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue claimed inter-force pride as they claimed victory in the third annual 'Battle of the Badges' boxing match between fire and police.

County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Steve McGuirk, said: "I am delighted to say the fire-fighters won this year's event - it was a great evening and a great competition.
"I must say congratulations and thank you to all the participants for the months of work to get in to shape and for the thousands of pounds they have raised for charity, and also to the fire-fighters and their coaches who have shown real passion and commitment."

Last year's event raised nearly £20,000 for various causes including The Fire Fighters Charity and Moss Side Boxing Gym, and Friday's [9 Sept] contest at De Vere's Hotel in Bolton's Reebok Stadium looked as successful with nearly 1,000 spectators in attendance.

Amongst those in the audience were two-time World Champion boxer and Olympic medallist, Amir Khan, who actually ended up on the losing side as he had helped with training officers from the Bolton and Salford divisions of Greater Manchester Police. 

Despite his team losing by six to three in bouts contested under full Amateur Boxing Association rules, Khan was happy to once again be involved with an event he has supported since it began in 2009.

"It's a pleasure to be involved with the two emergency services again, last year was good and this year was even better," he said.

"It has been a pleasure to pass on some of the skills I have learnt over the years to some of the officers, whose commitment and dedication has been fantastic." 

This year was billed as 'The Decider' with the winning force getting to keep the trophy, after the police won in 2009 before fire claimed victory last year.

That made for some fiercely competitive bouts, and fire chief McGuirk was delighted that his brigade came out on top.

"This is the second year in a row we have won, and of course I would wish to be magnanimous so I will hardly mention it to my good friend and colleague, Chief Constable Peter Fahy," he said.


Pic: Khan with firefighter Stuart Brown

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1515 by Richard. Comment by emailing: