Organizers for the Jacksonville Guns N’ Hoses are pleased to announce that Connor Bennett has been named as the junior ring announcer for the 19th annual event on April 22. Bennett, the son of a police officer, is a champion in his own right. He has battled a rare disease for many years.
“Connor is one of the greatest fighters I know and always has a smile on his face,” said David Stevens, Fraternal Order of Police Foundation Chair. “He is an inspiration and a perfect addition to our event.”
Bennett is fighting common variable immune defiance or CVID, which is a rare disorder that impairs the immune system. The 11-year-old was diagnosed with the disease at birth and is a “Dreams Come True” child, an organization the FOP Foundation will be partnering with this year.
Bennett’s duties at the Gun N’ Hoses event, health-permitting, will be to start the fights by saying, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” Organizers will also be presenting Bennett with his very own championship belt.
Guns N’ Hoses is set for April 22 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at gunsnhosesjax.com, at ticketmaster.com or at the FOP office located at 5530 Beach Boulevard. Club seats are $53, reserved seats are $38 and general admission is $13.
About Guns N’ Hoses
Jacksonville’s Guns N’ Hoses event is put on by the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and is their largest fundraiser of the year. The first event took place in 1999. It is the one time of the year our city’s first responders become rivals vying for the title and bragging rights for the year. The firefighters and police officers are all amateur boxers who began training for the fights in January. The matches consist of three one-minute rounds. Fighters will be in full pads and safety equipment. The winner receives the coveted title belt which they display at their union hall for the year.