The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office PAL is preparing to sponsor its second live-action event of the year.
ANGIER — The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League (PAL) is preparing to sponsor its second live-action event of the year.
As good news regarding low COVID-19 infections statewide has allowed for more organizers to feel safe in planning gatherings, so too is the case for the Battle of the Badges boxing tournament – set for Saturday, April 2 at Harnett Central High School.
What was an annual event before the pandemic caused a brief hiatus, the exhibition returns for local talent in law enforcement, fire and rescue, and various community roles. This year, Shannon Griffiths, with Beast Boxing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will be bringing a team from Myrtle Beach PD and Fire and Rescue.
Two former world champion boxers are also expected to be in the house.
Christy Martin, often credited with legitimizing women’s boxing, along with Lisa Holewyne will sit ringside as special guest judges.
The price for general admission is $20 and the ring-side seating carries a $50 cover. Tables are also available for $600. All proceeds from the day are given to the HCSO (PAL), a youth recreational sports league that is free for all participants.
The showcase marks a second for HCSO PAL in 2022, who also sponsored the Carolina Gloves Championship Belt Tournament in February.
Saturday’s event from Central is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the HCSO PAL’s Facebook page or call (910) 890-5534.