78th ANNUAL BRIGADE BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
POSTED ON: Friday, February 15, 2019 1:23 PM by firstname.lastname@example.org
The Naval Academy’s 78th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships will be held Friday, Feb. 22, in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. The competition is midshipmen versus midshipmen in the night’s blue against gold fights determined by weight class in three, two minute-round bouts. Both males and females will compete in the championships and eligible boxers will be determined after the results of the Semi-Finals, Friday, Feb. 15.
The number of bouts are dependent upon results of semifinals but we anticipate between 12 – 14 bouts in the finals including four – five female bouts.
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 started at the Naval Academy in 1865, and today the Naval Academy’s Brigade Boxing Championship is a widely attended event. 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 https://www.usna.edu/NavyBoxing/.
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