Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Matt Pereida won the super middleweight title at a “Battle of the Badges” boxing event, which took place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello.
The “Battle of the Badges” is a fundraiser/boxing event where several individuals from many Southern California agencies box for the title.
Agencies that participated in this year’s boxing event included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Santa Monica Fire Department. Proceeds go to the USMC Devil Pups, Sheriff’s Youth Activities League/ Boxing and the LASD Boxing Team.
Detective Matt Pereida, a nine year veteran of LASD, ranked number one in his division, which qualified him for a shot at the title.
On the night of the event, Pereida stepped into the ring with LAPD boxer Aurelio Vasquez. After three, two-minute rounds, Pereida took the title with a unanimous decision!
Pereida commented on his accomplishment by thanking the many individuals who helped him achieve his goals. He said, “I would like to give special thanks to Hervi Estrada, Johnny Rosas, my sparring partners, Jose Mejia and Humberto ‘Tito’ Loza Jr., AV Boxing Academy, as well as the LASD Boxing Team, Mike Young, Hank, my lovely wife Sofia, and most of all, God, for blessing my life!”
Pereida has been boxing for more than three years and trains with Hervi Estrada and Johnny Rosas at AV Boxing Academy in Palmdale.