The 37th Annual Collegiate Boxing Invitational will be held at the Thomas Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 27. The preliminary card begins at 1:30 p.m. and the main card will get underway at 7:00 p.m.
There are 12 teams that are set to participate this year, which is more than the fall invitational: US Coast Guard Academy, US Military Academy, Miami University, Shippensburg University, University of Massachusetts, West Virginia University, Penn State University, University of Connecticut, Kutztown University, University of North Carolina, Trinity College and Lock Haven.
Just like there are 12 teams that are going to compete, LHU has 12 boxers that have bouts lined up.
Head coach Ken Cooper has a team constructed of several veterans that have valuable experience and several young, promising boxers.
Zack Rice, Zaire Ali and Cristian Morales three of Cooper’s veterans that already have created a distinguished career for themselves. Rice was a 3rd place All-American in 2014 and Ali/Morales were national qualifiers last year.
Tafari Gravesande is another veteran presence on the team that has Cooper excited for this year’s invitational. “Tafari is very competitive boxer, who has improved each time out,” said Cooper.
As to the amount of teams that are coming to the Fieldhouse, Cooper said, “Teams are excited to come to LHU because of the fanbase we have. I’m expecting a large crowd.”