Blood Sport: UT Frats Battle at Boxing Weekend

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For nearly 40 years fraternities from the University of Tennessee have been beating each other up in the boxing ring. There’s blood, there’s girls, there’s booze-soaked debauchery (though technically a dry event), and there’s bragging rights for those that emerge from “Boxing Weekend” victorious. Of the 65 contenders, only 13 will earn a weigh-class title and a championship belt. But all the pummeling has a silver lining that tends to shine gold: Proceeds from the three-day free-for-all go towards underwriting operations for the Golden Gloves Boxing Arena, an East Knoxville gym that mainly serves inner-city kids. This year’s event, held at the Knoxville Expo Center Feb. 25-27, drew in more than 6,000 people and raised in excess of $250,000. READ: At Boxing Weekend, UT Fraternities Battle (and Party) for More Than Just Bragging Rights

Clay Duda

Former Mercury staff reporter Clay Duda has covered gangs in New York, housing busts in Atlanta, and wildfires in Northern California. And lots of stuff about Knoxville.

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