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The Battle Between NCBA and USIBA


Post National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) era, American collegiate boxers are now in the midst of a toe-to-toe match between two running boxing governments: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCBA) and the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA).

College boxing used to have more fame when it was a part of the NCAA, but after a Wisconsin-Madison boxer died as a result of an unfortunate bout (details are fuzzy depending on who is talking), boxing was kicked out in 1960, after being deemed too unruly and violent to support.

These words almost sound like a compliment to the boxing community.

NCBA was formed 16 years later, cleverly establishing their logo as “Safely Governing College Boxing Since 1976”, and has since swept the country. The association is divided into three regions across the country, each responsible for hosting regionals before meeting for the national show in spring.

For several decades, this boxing government thrived, with over 30 schools responding under it, and holding 17 shows in just this current season.

In recent years, a slight attitude shift took place, forcing USIBA to be formed.

The first concern was based around the academy schools having an unfair advantage since their teams were substantially larger, had a longer training period and hosted closed shows that only academy schools were allowed into, thus allowing their fighters to have more experience.

Acknowledging and permitting sanctioned female bouts was a larger driving point for the foundation. After the Army and Air Force overlooked female fighters in the 2011 and 2012 national championship, USIBA was quick to advertise their acceptance towards girls in the sport.

In fact, USIBA is still boasting on the front page of their website that under their government, the University of San Francisco hosted their first co-ed show in 2013.

To make the switch more appealing from NCBA to USIBA, the new group is eager to hand out boxing scholarships towards incoming freshman fighters. Top schools like University of Nevada, Reno, Lock Haven University, Miami University, and the academy schools aren’t budging, however.

To parry USIBA’s strong move, NCBA has responded with a larger acceptance of female fighters on a national level, as well as effectively spreading the connotation that USIBA is nothing but a bunch of pansy boxers.

NCBA’s focus is on the fact that USIBA doesn’t believe the competition is fair with the academy schools, to which many universities’ response is along the lines of “not to us.” These schools that are hard NCBA fans see the competition as an excuse to train harder for nationals, not just drop out and create their own league.

The fight between the two groups is far from over, but we can expect to see the country’s collegiate teams become more divided before they are united by one government.

Source: Lauren Pinkerton, RoundbyRoundBoxing

USF Hosts Collegiate Boxers at 11th Annual Hilltop Cup


The University of San Francisco’s annual Hilltop Cup Boxing Tournament returns for its 11th year, bringing in competition from various colleges across the state. This year’s tournament will take place in Hagan Gym at USF’s Koret Health and Recreation Center (Parker Avenue and Turk Street) on Friday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bouts begin at 6:30 p.m.

USF’s Hilltop Cup is the largest amateur and longest running intercollegiate boxing event in California. The boxing tournament is comprised of student intramural bouts and intercollegiate competition from national colleges and universities.

This year’s participating schools include:

  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Cal State Northridge
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UCLA
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • USF

Some of the competitors are Olympic hopefuls, former Golden Gloves champions, and United States Intercollegiate National Boxing Association (USIBA) national champions.

“We expect top caliber competition at this year’s Hilltop Cup,” said Angelo Merino, head boxing coach and adjunct professor in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies and Asian Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. “Earning a spot to compete in the Hilltop Cup takes hours of training and dedication. There is clearly a camaraderie among competitors, and it will be exciting for spectators to see the result of their hard work.”

Chuck White, director of recreational sports at USF, anticipates a terrific turnout. “This tournament has built a great reputation for its ability to showcase quality boxing for both male and female students. Collegiate boxing is an amateur sport that exemplifies sportsmanship and respect. USF’s Hilltop Cup is a great representation of school spirit and devoted athletes.”

Tickets are available online at http://www.usfca.edu/koret/hilltopcup. For additional information, please contact the Koret Health & Recreation Center by calling (415) 422-2596 or visit http://www.usfca.edu/koret/hilltopcup.

Media interested in attending the Oct. 17 Hilltop Cup should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697

Source: PRWeb