The 19th annual Guns N’ Hoses charity event is taking place this Saturday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and for those who have never been, you would be surprised as to how diverse the event.
While the highlight is certainly the main card: the Police vs. Firefighter fights that start at 6:30 p.m. and consist of several hours of three round, one minute per round fights. The intensity in battling for bragging rights has only intensified over the years, and after the fire department won last years battle, the police are determined to bring the title back to the boys (and girls) in blue. Fighters hail from all over the region, not just Jacksonville, and this has become one of the premier “Guns N’ Hoses” events in the southeast.
But there is also a street party outside JVMA that starts at 3:30 and will last all the way up to opening bell, with food, beverage and activities lining a blocked off A. Philip Randolph Boulevard. This, to go with the afterparty, in which patrons will have the opportunity to mingle with the fighters, celebrate a victory and even pose with the belts of the winners, make “Guns N’ Hoses” much more than just a boxing event. Not to mention the millions of dollars that have been raised for charity since the event started in 1999.
For more information, listen to Richard Miller and Scott Manze’s conversation with fighter Anthony Green, trainer Carl Graham and founder/promoter David Stevens.