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9 July 2019
Sixteen members of the West Midlands Police Boxing team are heading to the United States later this month to take on officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The club - which consists of police officers and staff from across departments - began when its members took on a squad of firefighters in aid of the Caudwell Children’s Charity in 2013.
The team, has since gone on to compete in other events around the country.
They are taking annual leave for the self-funded trip to the USA with bouts taking place in Montebello, on the western coast, on 20 July.
These are being sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission meaning all boxers will be required to weigh in the day before and meet strict regulations, similar to professional athletes.
PC Sunil Bedi, a force response officer in Wolverhampton and qualified coach, said: “When we set up the club, we never imagined we would end up in a ring in America and it will be an historic moment.”
He has been with the Force for 14 years and helped set up the team alongside Sergeant Richard Churchill, a neighbourhood sergeant in Walsall, after receiving the support of Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara.
Members meet up off-duty to train in Wolverhampton as regularly as they can.
Keep up to date with the club’s progress by following the @WMPboxing Twitter account or visit the West Midlands Police Boxing Club page on Facebook.