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Highest Number of Female Bouts for 77th Brigade Boxing Championships

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM by

The Naval Academy’s 77th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships will be held Friday, Feb. 23, in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. This year’s finals will have the highest number of female bouts in the history of the competition. The evening will include a total of five female bouts and nine male bouts.

The competition is midshipmen versus midshipmen in the night’s blue against gold fights determined by weight class in three, two minute-round bouts. Eligible boxers were determined after the results of the Semi-Finals, Friday, Feb. 16.



As part of the academy’s physical education program, all midshipmen are required to participate in boxing, and boxing is also offered as a club sport at the Academy. The boxing team participates in invitational competitions in the fall and spring, as well as in ongoing intramural bouts. The Brigade Boxing Championship showcases the USNA boxing team, but also offers an opportunity for midshipmen outside the club who have an interest in competing.

The boxing program at the Naval Academy started in 1865, and today the Naval Academy’s Brigade Boxing Championship generates hundreds of spectators and fans. In 1967, future Secretary of the Navy James Webb and future Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North, fought each other in the welterweight category during the competition. The event also gained national attention in 2006 when the movie “Annapolis” hit theatres.

The best boxers from the competition go on to a regional competition in order to qualify for the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Championships held each spring.

For more information on Brigade Boxing at the Naval Academy and this semester’s tentative boxing schedule, please visit

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Media wishing to cover the boxing finals should contact the USNA Public Affairs Office at 410-293-2292 or no later than noon Friday, February 23.