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  POSTED ON: Monday, April 26, 2021 2:41 PM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The Naval Academy's 80th Annual Brigade Boxing Championship will be held Friday, April 30, in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. The event will be closed to the public.

The competition is midshipman versus midshipman in the night’s blue against gold fights determined by gender and weight class in three separate, two-minute round bouts. 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 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. 

Brigade Boxing Quarterfinals were held in Macdonough Hall on Tuesday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 21. Semifinals were held on Friday, April 23. The finals will feature 16 bouts.

Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Kendall Louis and Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Jeanette Steerman will both compete to win the “Tony Rubino Four-Time Brigade Champion Award.” Named after former Navy Boxing Coach Tony Rubino, this award is given to midshipmen who have won all four of their Brigade Boxing Championships. If they win their fights, Louis and Steerman will join an elite group of just 22 previous recipients since 1970. If Steerman wins her fight, she will be the second female midshipman to win the award in Navy Boxing history. The first female midshipman to win the award was Sophie Lekas in the 2020 Championship.

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

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Category: Athletics, General Interest