Local boxing: Second Battle of Badges draws crowd at Jefferson CC

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WATERTOWN — Amateur boxers traveled far and wide to compete in the second Battle of Badges event Saturday night.

Tom Aceto made the drive up from Watertown earlier in day all the way from New York City to fight on the 14-bout card, which was held at Jefferson County Community College.

The 50-year-old Aceto, who is a native of Herkimer and works in Manhattan, won his fight against Kyle Zimmerman, a Jefferson County probation officer, in a three-round decision at 195 pounds.

“I’m a lieutenant for the department of corrections,” Aceto said. “I actually work in Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Manhattan, so I made the long drive up here.”

Aceto, who said he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in January, was pleased to get back into the ring after he was deemed healthy.

“I had COVID earlier in the month so I was shut down for a little while, but as you can see, I still support the cause,” Aceto said. “I had six or seven fights as a kid, but I hadn’t boxed in 30 years.”

The Battle of the Badges event, held by the Watertown Area Boxing Club, made its return after making its debut in 2019. The event wasn’t held last year because of concerns about COVID-19.

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