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Naval Academy Boxing Championships Set

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy’s 72nd Annual Brigade Boxing Championships are set.

The contests take place Friday night at the academy. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

All midshipmen are required to participate in boxing. It’s also offered as a club sport.

The championship features the academy’s best boxers, who compete in three-round matches within their weight class.

The boxing program at the school began in 1865.

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 academy says North won the bout.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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