Are You Ready To Rumble!!!

Photo: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 4th Class Dan O'Neil, right, throws a punch during the 132 lb. weight class bout of the annual Plebe Boxing Smoker held in Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md August 4, 2012. Every plebe receives an introduction to boxing during plebe summer training. Plebe summer is a physically and mentally demanding six-week process designed to transition the new class of students from civilian to midshipman life. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 4th Class Dan O’Neil, right, throws a punch during the 132 lb. weight class bout of the annual Plebe Boxing Smoker held in Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md., Aug. 4, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge

The U.S. Naval Academy is rich in customs and traditions. One of these traditions is its boxing team. The program started in 1865 and today the boxing team participates in invitational competitions in the fall and spring, as well as in ongoing intramural bouts. The Brigade Boxing Championship, one of the more popular events at the academy, brings in hundreds of spectators and fans each year. This event showcases the most elite midshipmen boxers, each performing in three-round matches within their weight class.

 

 

This year, the Naval Academy’s 72nd Annual Brigade Boxing Championships will be held Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

If you’re in the area and want to take in the match, I have some good news for you: it’s open to the public and there’s no cost to get in. Regardless of the outcome, I’ll take free admission for the win!

Photo: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 4th Class Mario Kohn, left, connects with a punch during the 147 lb. weight class bout of the annual Plebe Boxing Smoker held in Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md August 4, 2012. Every plebe receives an introduction to boxing during plebe summer training. Plebe summer is a physically and mentally demanding six-week process designed to transition the new class of students from civilian to midshipman life. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 4th Class Mario Kohn, left, connects with a punch during the 147 lb. weight class bout of the annual Plebe Boxing Smoker held in Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md., Aug. 4, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge

 

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