Guns & Hoses returns for the ninth year. (Photo: Contributed)

An annual tradition for charity returns this weekend.

The ninth annual Guns & Hoses will be at the Chattanooga Convention Center Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Local firefighters, police officers and EMTs will strap on boxing gloves and enter the ring to benefit the Forgotten Child Fund and the YCAP Boxing Club.

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Ringside seats and tables are sold out, but general admission tickets remain at the $15 level.

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A friendly yet competitive event, Guns & Hoses will feature 19 bouts—the most bouts in a single night in the history of the event. The card will also include four female bouts and an exhibition bout featuring YCAP Boxing Club members.

Each match will feature a Hamilton County or Chattanooga firefighter or EMT against a local law enforcement official. Participants are matched by age, boxing experience and overall abilities.

“Everybody has been training for four months, so the boxing will be competitive and everybody wants to win,” said Andy Smith, regional executive director at YCAP Boxing Club. “I can tell you we’re on pace to raise the most money we’ve ever raised.”

Although the bouts can be intense, the overall goal of Guns & Hoses is to raise money and awareness for two local charities.

The Forgotten Child Fund is a charity that provides disadvantaged children presents during the holidays.

The YCAP Boxing Club is a delinquency prevention program for at-risk adolescents. It was created in 1998 and is much more than a boxing gym. In addition to physical training, participants are offered services such as tutoring, mentoring, individual and group counseling, adventure-based activities, in-home family intervention and conflict resolution.

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