Naval Academy's Boxing Brigade What A Knockout

March 05, 1995|By LLOYD FOX

Since 1942, midshipmen have been squaring off in the Naval Academy's annual brigade boxing tournament, trying to win on of eight spots on a squad that represents the academy at regional and national competitions. This year, 87 boxers laced on gloves at the beginning of the season in search of the brigade title in their weight divisions.

The midshipmen who will represent the academy this year are Colin Keenan, a 139-pound junior from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Liam Huin, a 147-pound junior from Dennis, Mass.; Todd Alexander, 1 156-pound junior from Huntingdon, Pa.; J.J. Puga, a 165-pound junjior from McAllen, Texas; Chandler Comerford, a 172-pound senior from Kennebunk, Maine; Jon Ohman, a 190-pound senior from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and heavyweight Chris Eichinger, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va.

About 3,000 people filled Halsey Field House Feb. 24 to watch the finals of the tournament.

The midshipmen, who are governed by National Collegiate Boxing Associated rules, box three two-minute rounds. At the end of each contest, the judges declare a winner.

Adm. David Dixon Porter, then superintendent of the academy, began the boxing program in 1865. It remains a club sport.

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