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Army Boxing Dominates National Championships


Teams from across the country, both military academies as well as private universities, competed in twelve weight classes on Saturday to determine the best in each division. The bouts were all 3 two-minute round contests in which combatants wore headgear and the amateur rules of punch-counting by five ringside judges applied; fights were scored according to punches landed, sheer quantity, rather than in professional prize-fighting where damage done is valued more highly.
So many of the 65 total bouts, over the course of the three-day tourney, were exciting, competitive contests featuring fist-flying action and young, hungry fighters with courageous hearts and exceptional reflexes. Despite its differences with the professional version of the sport, the tourney was chock full of what fans love about boxing, the action, and was very light on what plagues the sport, controversy.
At the end of the evening it was the United States Military Academy at West Point's team that dominated, claiming 6 of the 12 division titles up for grabs. The remaining 6 champions hailed from two private universities that won a title each, at 132lbs and 185lbs, and the US Air Force Academy and the US Coast Guard Academy, who each saw two team members win. 

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