The East Regional champion of the National Collegiate Boxing Associationâ€™s national tournament will be crowned in Bristol.
The University of Connecticut Boxing Team is teaming with the Bristol Boys and Girls Club to host the NCBAâ€™s eastern regional qualifying tournament.
The NCBA, a group member of USA Boxing, has been the governing body of college boxing since 1976 and has never held a regional in Connecticut.
The tournament will be held March 15-17 at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club.
Matches will start at 5 p.m. Friday, and the finals are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The remaining final bouts will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Boxers will be crowned in 12 weight classes - 112, 119, 125, 132, 139, 147, 156, 165, 175, 185, 195 and heavyweight.
Past national champions for the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s teams included boxers from the three top-tier United States military schools (Air Force, Army, Navy), the University of Nevada-Reno, West Virginia, Washington and California-Davis.
This regional is the final step for collegiate boxers to earn a right to represent their university in the national tournament, which will be held April 4-6 in Reno, Nev.