St. Patrick’s Day fisticuffs for area PAL

Courtesy photo Firefighters and police officers squared off in August 2017 for the Rumble on the Strip at Nashua Airport. The Police Athletic League clubs of Nashua and Manchester are bringing boxing back on St. Patrick’s Day.

NASHUA – To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Nashua and Manchester Police Athletic Leagues are putting up their dukes for an event that will bring boxing to Nashua Community College.

On March 14, they will host an event to engage the community and raise money for the programs they run throughout the year.

This is the second boxing event in the last three years for the PAL programs. The first “Rumble” took place in August 2017 at Nashua Airport, which Nashua police officer Mike DeBisz said was highly successful. He expects an even greater turnout for this event.

With a fight card that already features four main event fights between police officers and firefighters of the two PAL programs, DeBisz said there are already tentative matchups set for those four bouts. He said what remains to be seen is if those matchups will need to be changed, while taking into account the weight classes and boxing skills of the particular fighters.

The police officers and firefighters aren’t the only ones who are going to be trading blows on the evening. Leading up to the main event, both programs are planning to showcase the talents of club members.

“We’re working to fill out the card with four or five bouts featuring kids from the clubs,” DeBisz said, “which will build up to the main events.”

The event serves not only as a way to fund the PAL clubs, but also helps to serve as a team-building exercise for PAL staff and club members, as well as the officers and firefighters participating. The event will also be a way to show the community what the the programs are doing throughout the year. During the event both clubs will have tables set up with information on the programs they run at their clubs.

“People will see what work it is we’re doing,” DeBisz said, “and hopefully get involved throughout the year.”

The proceeds from the event will go toward Nashua and Manchester PAL clubs, which collectively serve more than 3,000 children throughout the communities via afterschool activities, sports programs and positive interaction with police officers in their respective cities.

Debisz said the proceeds will also go to help Nashua Fire Rescue’s program Operation Warm, which is a program that gives coats to children in need during the winter.

Tickets for the event are available at, with prices ranging from $15 to $25.