GALVESTON, Texas – Officer Demetrius Bowser took to the ring to support the 2018 Battle of the Badges (BOTB), an event held in Galveston, Texas. This fun-filled evening highlights the accomplishments of first responders with one walking away with the win in each weight class title.
Bowser competed in and won the 190-195 pound weight division against Galveston firefighter Shay King.
“My family has always been involved in boxing, including my grandfather who made it to the Olympic trials.” said Bowser “You could say I was a late-bloomer. This was my first match, but I’ve always been around boxing.”
Bowser prepared for the match with the help of fellow officer, Gregory Parris.
“I had been training my whole life, but I took a break for a couple years,” said Bowser. “So Officer Parris, who’s a professional trainer, stepped in to get me back to the fundamentals of boxing and that helped a lot.”
For Hutto Chief of Police Byron Frankland, Bowser’s performance reflects the drive, dedication and toughness of his officers.
“I’m proud of Officer Bowser,” said Frankland. “He worked hard for six months to train for this event. He was on a mission.”
The Battle of the Badges is a USA Boxing-sanctioned event that pairs up fighters from area police departments, fire departments, constables, deputies, EMS technicians and lifeguards. Fighters have to register with USA Boxing and undergo a full physical before participating.
“The Battle of the Badges is known as the best amateur boxing show in Texas,” said event organizer Cpt. Jorge Trevino with the Alvin Independent School District Police Department. “Currently there is a two to three year waiting period to participate in the event.”
Although the event was never specifically designed as a charity event, the Galveston Battle of the Badges will donate approximately $20,000 of the proceeds from this year’s event to local children’s charities.
“I had a lot of fun with the music and all the people and competitors,” said Bowser.
For Frankland, Bowser’s performance is no surprise.
“He represented the whole department and he brought the trophy home,” said Frankland. “That’s what our officers do.”