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79th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships

  POSTED ON: Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:22 PM by

WHAT: The Naval Academy’s 79th Annual Brigade Boxing Championships will be held Friday, Feb. 28, in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m.  The competition is midshipmen versus midshipmen in the night’s blue against gold fights determined by gender and weight class in three separate two-minute round bouts.


  • Brigade Boxing Finals: Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall


  • The number of bouts are dependent upon results of semifinals but we anticipate between 12–14 bouts in the finals including four to five female bouts.
  • Two Navy boxers are eligible for the “Tony Rubino Four-Time Brigade Champion Award” this year
    • Midshipman 1st Class Sophie Lekas (first female)
    • Midshipman 1st Class Jake Clary

MORE INFO: As part of the academy’s physical education program, all midshipmen are required to participate in boxing during their plebe year, 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 to participate. 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.

Boxer Sophie Lekas is the second female Navy boxer to be eligible for the “Tony Rubino Four-Time Brigade Champion Award.” If she wins her fight, Lekas will join an elite group of just 20 previous recipients since 1970, making her the first female to win the award in Navy Boxing history.

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

For more information about the Naval Academy, visit or the Naval Academy’s Facebook page at 


Category: General Interest, Athletics