Cody “Ironman” Anderson (left)from Murrieta Fire & Rescue swings at Fred “Super Soy Sauce” Sabas of the Sycuan Fire Department. Photo by Chris Stone

Stepping into the boxing ring — sometimes for the first time — left them nervous, apprehensive.

But fraidy cats, they were not.

Eighteen police, fire, jail and military service officers — including two women — fought scheduled three-ring bouts Saturday night on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum at the 17th annual “Battle of the Badges.”

No knockouts resulted, but several fights didn’t go the distance in the marquee fund-raiser for National City’s Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) with partnership of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

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A trainer yells to his fighter during the Battle of the Badges. Photo by Chris Stone
Cody “Ironman” Anderson from Murrieta Fire (right) wins fight with Fred “Super Soy Sauce” Sabas from the Sycuan Fire Department. Photo by Chris Stone
A referee keeps his eyes of boxers Cody “Ironman” Anderson and. Fred “Super Soy Sauce” Sabas. Photo by Chris Stone
Navy Parachutist Ben Pitassi who is landing on the USS Midway also fought in a boxing match in the Battle of the Badges. Photo by Chris Stone
Boxers fought three-round fights . Photo by Chris Stone
National City’s Community Youth Athletic Center held a fund-raiser on the USS Midway. Photo by Chris Stone
Hundreds attend a fund-raiser on the USS Midway. Photo by Chris Stone
Derrick “Black Python” Turner of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police gets hit by Christian “Ox” Magarino of Glendale Police Department. Photo by Chris Stone
San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was among VIPs handing out belts to winners. Photo by Chris Stone
Christian “Ox” Magarino of Glendale Police Department is checked by medical personnel after the bout. Photo by Chris Stone
Christian “Ox” Magarino of Glendale Police Department continues to fight despite a bloody nose. Photo by Chris Stone
Christian “Ox” Magarino of Glendale Police Department dodges a swing by Derrick “Black Python” Turner of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. Photo by Chris Stone
Derrick “Black Python” Turner of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police is hit by Christian “Ox” Magarino of Glendale Police Department. Photo by Chris Stone
A referee goes over the rules with boxers. Photo by Chris Stone
Samantha “La Blanca de Palm Springs” De La Cruz of the Palm Springs Police Department rest during a stoppage in the fight. Photo by Chris Stone
Jen “The Pit” Pitassi of the San Diego Fire Department strikes Samantha “La Blanca de Palm Springs” De La Cruz of the Palm Springs Police Department Photo by Chris Stone
Martell “Chocolatito” Munguia of the Carlsbad Fire Department falls to his knees upon being named the winner. Photo by Chris Stone
Martell “Chocolatito” Munguia of the Carlsbad Fire Department (right) is declared the winner against Jaime “El Gallo Zurdo” Anderson of he Chula Vista Fire Department. Photo by Chris Stone
Boxing trophies await winners at the Battle of the Badges. Photo by Chris Stone
William Bingham of the U.S. Marine Corp. faced opponent in his first fight. Photo by Chris Stone
Ben Pitassi of the U.S. Navy. punches in his match. Photo by Chris Stone
Javier “El Cazador” Gutierrez of the Nevada Department was declared winner in his bout. Photo by Chris Stone

Ticket sales for the event (with ringside seats going for $150) fund programs to help keep youth off the streets and in school through boxing and mentoring programs.

The CYAC features a boxing gym as well as computer facilities and tutorial /enrichment mentoring center. Serving kids from 8 to 18, the facility can accommodate up to 100 young people per day.

William Bingham, 21, of the U.S. Marines opened the card against Frank “The Tank” Batac of the Air Force Reserve.

(Other nicknames included “Black Python” and “Super Soy Sauce.” Jen “The Pit” Pitassi of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department fought Samantha De la Cruz of the Palm Springs PD, aka “La Blanca de Palm Springs.”)

“This is my first match,” Bingham said. “I’m pretty nervous. It’s truly humbling. You know, your opponent works just as hard as you do. So … you gotta respect your opponent when you compete.”

He’d been training only eight months.

“We’re doing it for a good cause,” said Bingham of Youngstown, Ohio. “Getting the kids off the street, you know, out of … gang violence and drug houses and stuff like that… one by e at a time. So I mean, it’s a good cause.”

David Ardilla of the National Latino POA said past events had raised over $50,000, “but tonight is going to be bigger. Yeah, there’s no doubt in my mind.” (An “Opportunity Drawing” also was held for donated items.)

“I have done this since 1999,” he said. “Battle of the Badges started out where we were at a gym. And I personally was flipping burgers and turning hot dogs. So yeah, it’s got big. … And the kids are all worth it. … I’ve seen the kids go to college out of this.

“I’ve seen them all at risk, and they’re doing a great job,” Ardilla added.

Others represented the Glendale and Las Vegas police departments, Nevada Corrections and the Otay Mesa Detention Center, Murrieta and Sycuan fire services, Chula Vista and Carlsbad fire departments, the Border Patrol and Navy.

“Yes, these are all amateurs,” Ardilla said. “Some may have had other boxing experiences … maybe they have two or three fights or maybe five or six fights under their belt. And they do a lot of Police Olympics, the Police Games.”

But Ardilla said they tried to match skill levels.

The audience of hundreds, which ate and danced at intermission, cheered their own departments. Some sat at VIP tables ($3,000 for 10), others on folding chairs ($50 general admission).

Ardilla said the National City center provides cultural experiences, like going to the Old Globe, “and they can see other different things that they wouldn’t normally see.”

Young people get to mix with professional boxers and law enforcement, he said — “people from all sorts of walks of life, to see what they’re going to do, and help guide them in their further education and their life goal.”

Bingham, whose bout was called after he was injured, summed up his role : “It makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”