Smoke and Guns: Firefighters vs. Cops in boxing fundraiser
OKLAHOMA (KJRH) — They fight crime and fight fires… Now Oklahoma police and firefighters are about to fight each other for bragging rights and a good cause.
Nate Kragel dropped 36 pounds while training for the “Smoke and Guns” fight night.
“There’s anxiety, there’s anxiousness, adrenaline, fear. There’s everything,” Kragel said.
The Sapulpa firefighter will take on Oklahoma law enforcement in the ring.
“When I got my hand raised, it was one of the greatest feelings in the world. Cloud nine. I had a broken nose, didn’t even feel it until the next day,” Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shep Fuller said about winning the heavyweight round last year.
How does it work? The agency that wins the most fights, gets the most money.
Last year, “Smoke and Guns” raised $25,000.
The police money goes to the Special Olympics, while firefighters send kinds to burn camp.
“We look at and evaluate the fighter’s strengths and weaknesses because we want to put on the best fights,” Fuller said.
Nate says there’s no way he’ll lose. But Dustin Flethcer, a Tulsa officer who has boxed his whole life, says the same thing.
“Absolutely not. Because I’m not going back to work with a black eye. It’s not going to happen. You can put that on the record,” Fletcher laughed. “I know with how much I’ve been training, whoever I’m fighting, there’s no way they’ve worked as hard as I have.”
The founder of the fundraiser says “Smoke and Guns” is sanctioned by the Oklahoma Athletic Commission. The fight will be next month.