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Article: First to Fight - Marine Boxer (Photography)

First to Fight - Marine Boxer (Photography)

First to Fight - Marine Boxer (Photography)

A 27-year-old Sergeant, who is a motor transport mechanic with 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, remains focused and calm before his fight against a firefighter with the Eureka fire department at the Scottstrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The event, "First to Fight," is an amateur boxing tournament held during Marine Week that puts Marines and St. Louis police & firefighters toe-to-toe, with all proceeds to benefit Backstoppers, Semper Fi Foundation, and Toys for Tots. Marine Week provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of the Marine Corps' value to our nation's defense and to preserve and mature the Corps' relationship with the American people.

Photographer: Sergeant Jimmy Shea
Date: June 20, 2011
Location: St. Louis, Missouri