FDNY’s bravest to box Irish police for charity in the ‘War on the West Side’ at Terminal 5
From fighting flames to fighting with fists, New York City’s firefighters are pulling on their boxing gloves to go head-to-head with a league of Irish policemen this month.
The 2018 Transatlantic Championship, dubbed the “War on the West Side,” will pit FDNY’s toughest against the Garda Siochana Boxing Club of the Irish National Police Service on Friday, March 30, in the name of charity, according to Bobby McGuire, the president of the FDNY Bravest Boxing Team.
“Company pride is at stake,” he told amNewYork. “The New York City Fire Department considers itself the greatest in the world. We really believe that and it would be an insult if anyone came to New York and kicked our a–es.”
The charitable fight is held once a year in addition to about three other fights against other agencies. In 2017, the Bravest Boxing Team collected $40,000 for Building Homes for Heroes — an organization that builds or updates homes for veterans and their families.