UPLAND -- An animal-services employee has found a way to punch his boss in the face without repercussion.

Olar Viurquez, a kennel attendant at the Upland Animal Services Shelter and Animal Services Supervisor Jon Knowlton will face off Saturday during the Socal Battle of the Badges boxing match for Cops 4 Kids and Communities charity.

"It's just any employee's dream to be able to fight their boss right?" joked Olar, who has been working with Knowlton for five years.

Knowlton signed up for the charity boxing match months ago, but got word more than a week ago that his opponent was out due to a knee injury.

"I couldn't find anybody to replace and then two days ago Olar decided he'd sign up to fight me so the fight's back on," he said.

Knowlton has been training with a professional fighter in preparation for the match, which will have several rounds.

"The funny thing is we get along and everything, but are both very competitive," he said. "It will be a good fight. We both want to win."

Knowlton, 52, 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds, said the fight should be interesting with Viurquez who is 27 years old, 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds.

"This will be different," he said. "Olar is taller than me and has a longer reach. It's going to be a tough fight."

Proceeds from the event to be held at Pala Casino Resort and Spa in San Diego, will help the Cops 4 Kids and Communities programs.


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"It's fighting for a good cause," Knowlton said. "Cops 4 kids have all kinds of programs to help kids in the community."