Recently, R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) and law enforcement officers from different agencies participated in the Battle of the Badges event with two RJD officers winning their bouts over their opponents in an activity intended to raise money for charity.

The boxers fought in three round exhibition boxing matches. The fights were judged individually with the winners taking home prize belts.

RJD staff and family members gather for a photo
after the event.

In the first win, RJD Correctional Officer Sergio “Secko” Bustos earned a technical knock out (TKO) one minute and two seconds into the second round over his opponent Claudio Asiong of the Harbor Police Department.

In the second win, RJD Correctional Officer Magdalena “La Tormenta” Murillo unloaded a cache of punches in the third round to earn a decisive victory over her opponent Jolene McAllister of the Harbor Police Department.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) had four fighters in the 14 matches on the fight card, earning three wins with one loss overall for an outstanding showing.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work and effort by the RJD participants who trained tirelessly for five months prior to the Battle of the Badges event. Their tenacity is exemplified daily as they carry out their duties as correctional professionals, said RJD Warden George A. Neotti. “The support by RJD staff was unprecedented and the camaraderie between all law enforcement agencies was excellent as we all contributed to the Youth Programs in San Diego.”

Battle of the Badges is a charitable event with all proceeds going to the National City Community Youth Athletic Center, a nonprofit organization. The organization was started by law enforcement officers and community members who shared a vision of bringing opportunity and positive relationships to at-risk and under privileged youth living in impoverished neighborhoods.