The athletes taking the ring for the 2014 Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular presented by Columbia Dental possess more than just athletic skill. The bout line-up on November 8 at Foxwoods Resort Casino will feature many of the United States’ brightest minds competing in honor of United States’ veterans. The 22 boxers taking part in the event include aspiring engineers, foreign diplomats, world-renowned physicians and military officers.
Boxers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will compete in 10 of the 11 bouts on the night with reigning National Collegiate Boxing Association champion Cappy Polou (West Point, N.Y./ Faga’itua, American Samoa) leading the Army team in to action at Foxwoods. An aspiring military officer, Polou began boxing only two years ago and cites the warrior ethos of the sport as his reason for taking up the sweet science.
The reigning NCBA team champion Army Black Knights roster boasts many bright stars. In addition to the four engineering majors on the West Point team, the squad possesses athletes with goals that include becoming a Rhodes scholar, pursuing a career in Army special operations, and leading an infantry platoon.
Two-time NCBA champion Taylor Tennyson (Virginia Beach, Va.) will headline the U.S. Coast Guard Academy squad on November 8. Tennyson, who is pursuing a career in Coast Guard Law Enforcement, enjoyed tremendous success in his previous appearance at Foxwoods last year. He not only won the 175-pound national title, but was also named Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament in the 2013 National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships at the Fox Theater.
The impressive student athletes on the West Point squad aren’t the only leaders taking the ring in the Veterans Day Boxing Spectacular. The boxers on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U Mass/Westover Air Force Base teams have inspiring goals outside the ring as well. A future pediatric surgeon, foreign services officer, novelist, and foreign diplomat are among the athletes slated to take the ring on November 8 at the Fox Theater.
Six boxers from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, five athletes from the UMass /Westover Air Force boxing team and one Connecticut high school student will join the 10 West Point athletes in the event honoring United States’ servicemen and women.
A star-studded commentary crew will call of the night’s action with all 11 bouts being made available for the low price of $7.95 via the official live stream at www.NCBALive.com. “Irish” Micky Ward, Edwin Rodriguez, 1960 Olympic gold medalist Wilbert “Skeeter” McClure, 1988 Olympic Coach Tom Coulter and television executive Bob Yalen are teaming up to provide commentary for the live stream.