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Hard-Hitting Competition

Wing Open Boxing

Cadets boxing in Wing Open

More than an annual boxing tournament, the Wing Open Championships represents the grit and resilience of the Cadet Wing. Since 1958, our cadets from all forty squadrons have been eligible to tryout to compete in inter-squadron competitions. Known as Friday Night Fights, these weekly elimination rounds culminate in a semifinal bout.

The Wing Open is a morale booster for the Cadet Wing and a great way to celebrate the toughness and grit required of our future officers. The Academy’s physical education program offers an introductory boxing course which is mandatory for all cadets as part of the core physical fitness curriculum.


The tournament is typically organized in brackets by weight class, with 12 bouts lined up for the finals. The winners of the Wing Open will form the core of the Air Force squad that will represent the Academy at the National College Boxing Association regionals and nationals.