FORT HUACHUCA — All Army Boxing returns to Fort Huachuca on Saturday, featuring Army boxers from posts all over the country who come to the installation to train and spar in Barnes Field House.
Fort Huachuca has been hosting the All Army championship almost every year since 1987, save for a few years in the ‘90s when it was moved to Fort Carson, Colorado. The last championship matches were held in October.
All Army Boxing has produced several world-class champions, including Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Maynard and Sgt. Ray Mercer, who both earned gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Current head coach at Fort Huachuca, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Downs, who is a former All Army boxer himself, also had a brush with the Olympics, making headlines for becoming the oldest American boxer to qualify for the Olympic team in 2007 following his tour of duty in Iraq, said Fort Huachuca public information officer Tanja Linton. He also snagged a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2007.
While the public is welcome to attend the lively event, those without Department of Defense issued IDs must stop at the Van Deman Gate beforehand in order to obtain a visitor’s pass, said Linton. No flash photography is permitted during the bouts for the safety of the boxers.