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Begins at 7pm EST, Friday, March 3rd

Purcell Pavilion

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Matchup descriptions below

Pickem Contest

142 lb Division

Joaquin Camara (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: Keenan

EXPERIENCE: Novice

STRENGTH: Joaquin might have the fastest hands in the program, in addition to some of the slickest head movement. His speed can have the effect of slowing down opponents, as they fear his counter-punching ability. Despite having only two Bengal Bouts fights under his belts, Joaquin demonstrated a rare level of composure in his semifinal victory.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Joaquin demonstrated pinpoint accuracy with his punches in Monday night's semifinal bout, putting on one of the best technical performances of the entire night. That type of crisp and precise combination punching will be essential against a boxer as aggressive and strong as Mike Kappaz. For two years, Joaquin has waited to compete in Bengal Bouts (he got injured his freshman year and then was abroad during his sophomore year), and in limited action he's demonstrated that he's one of the top boxers in the entire program. If Joaquin is able to throw multiple punch combinations and control the center of the ring, he will be very difficult to beat.

CORNERS : Sweet C, Matt Gelchion

Mike Kappaz (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Off Campus

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Mike, the top seed in the lightest bracket, fights like a heavy weight. With a sinister presence in the ring, Kappaz is excellent at controlling and cutting off the ring, despite not throwing a high volume of punches. However, when he does throw, he makes the punches count. Kappaz is the defending champion, and enters the ring with a lot of confidence. He enters this fight after a pair of blistering referee stopped contests (RSCs) in his quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: As an almost entirely front footed fighter, Mike Kappaz is at his best when he is controlling the ring and throwing vicious combinations. The challenge with such an approach is that it often times creates opportunities for one's opponent to counter. No opponent has yet been able to withstand his barrage of powerful punches, but Joaquin is likely the most skilled counter-puncher Mike has encountered. Although Mike has often overwhelmed his opponents, he is also a skilled defensive boxer, although he hasn't needed to rely on that particular skill to this point. Just how aggressive Mike chooses to be in the early going will be something for observers to keep an eye on.

CORNERS : Pat Gordon, Brian Benedict

Match Notes:

Those planning to attend Friday's championship bouts will not want to be late. The opening bout of the night might just be the best matchup of the nine on the schedule. Both fighters have the potential to beat most opponents in a variety of ways, but they often are not called upon to showcase all of the tools in their arsenal. Perhaps this matchup will bring out the best in both boxers. The pace at which this bout is fought might be one of the most interesting subplots of the match. Mike Kappaz has been tested and knows that he can win a grueling championship fight, which he did last year to claim the 137 pound championship, but his style of boxing is difficult, although certainly not impossible, to sustain for long stretches of time. Joaquin, on the other hand, fights at a more measured pace and picks his shots in a way that does exert loads of energy -- but he hasn't yet dealt with the challenge of boxing for three two-minute rounds, for which championship bouts are scheduled. What a way to begin the night!

146 lb Division

Matt Yoder (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: O'Neill Hall

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: Matt is a hardworking veteran boxer, and his form is evidence of the hours he spent working on his craft. His composure and strength complement his technique very well. Stylistically, he's not a fun matchup for anyone, as he does not have obvious deficiencies in his game.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Watch out for Matt's confidence in the ring. He shows no nerves and is the type of guy who rises to the occasion. He has looked very strong in his most recent two bouts, and has completely dictated the tempo of the fights. Controlling the ring in a similar manner will be crucial if he wants to dethrone the defending champ.

CORNERS : Jackson Wrede, Fr. Daley

Alex Alcantara (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Alumni

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: In his 10 career Bengal Bouts matches, all of which he's won, Alex has always been the most athletic boxer in the ring. What makes him so difficult is that he combines his athleticism with one of the best left hooks in the program. His cardio is an undeniable asset, and he has a history of finishing strong in close bouts.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Controlled aggression is the key to Alex's success. When he is moving forward and picking his shots, he poses lots of challenges for his opponents. If Alex is able to set a face pace early without getting too wild, he's in line to advance to claim his third straight finals victory and end his Bengal Bouts career undefeated.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Sweet C

Match Notes:

As many boxing observers know well, "Styles make fights." Although Alex Alcantara will enter the ring -- by virtue of being a two-time champ -- as the favorite, Matt Yoder has a style that could pose some matchup challenges. The key to this fight will be establishing control of the center of the ring and moving forward. The fighter who wins this "battle within the battle" will not only put himself in great position to effectively score, but he will also force his opponet to exert additional energy.

154 lb Division

Joe Guilfoile (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: Morrissey

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: Joe rises to the occasion. When the lights shine brightest, he tends to perform best. Joe's defensive instincts are excellent, which is critical for a fighter who does not often keep his hands up high to defend. His athleticism and composure have often carried the day. Those two traits, combined with a refined boxing game this year, make him a tough out for anybody.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Joe made it to the finals his freshman year and lost via split decision to a senior captain. Joe made a return in his sophomore year to the finals, where he once again lost via split decison to a senior captain. After studying abroad last year and missing the tournament, Joe has one more chance to claim that elusive title. As fate would have it, he once again finds himself matched up with a senior captain. He has worked very diligently this season to improve his hooks and uppercuts, particularly his left hook. If he is able to confidently throw those punches as part of multiple-punch combinations, his chances for success skyrocket.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Kaley Cohen

Chip Blood (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Sorin

EXPERIENCE: 4th Year

STRENGTH: Combination punching and overall athleticism are two of Chip's biggest assets. His head movement has gotten better and better every year, and he has done an exceptional job of preventing opponents from stringing together multiple punch combinations.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Lookout for Chip Blood's corner boxing. In all three of his previous bouts, he held his opponents against the ropes really well. If he's able to put Joe in the corner, he could once again find success with combination punching. Chip is fighting more confidently this year than ever before, and the results have been nothing short of stellar. He's invested lots of time after practice throwing mitts with his corner, former Bengal Bouts captain Brian Benedict, and the hard work has clearly paid off.

CORNERS : Brian Benedict, Dan Yi

Match Notes:

On paper, this fight is likely the most evenly matched one of the night. Joe and Chip are athletic, well-conditioned boxers who have corners who know their styles extremely well. A rematch from 2014, both of these boxers have improved by leaps and bounds during their four years in the club. It would not come as a surprise if this bout ends up as the fight of the night.

159 lb Division

Greg Arts (3)

blue-boxer

DORM: Carroll

EXPERIENCE: Novice

STRENGTH: Greg is long and powerful. Most boxers in the program are uncomfortable fighting southpaws, and Greg does a good job of capitalizing on their mistakes. His straight left hand is his best punch. If he's able to land that with regularity, his opponents are in for a long night. Despite this being his first year in the bouts, Greg's composure is excellent. He moves extremely well, especially considering his height. He his coming off a very impressive win against an excellent junior captain in the semi finals. Greg will need that confidence to try to defeat Schmelling in the finals.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Many questions to ask about Greg for this fight against Garrett were the exact questions that were asked in his last bout against Joey Quinones in the semi finals - and he answered them profoundly. If Greg can do what he did against his last opponent (establishing distance, pumping his jab and straight left hand, and spinning out of the corner whenever pressure is applied), Greg is going to have a good shot of beating his second captain of the tournament and winning himself a title.

CORNERS : Brian Benedict

Garrett Schmelling (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Fisher

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: Garrett, quite simply, is one of the most skillful boxers in the entire program. He is able to fight much bigger than his size. He is able to move effectively using his head movement and striking precision to close the distance on his opponents and work both levels. Because of this, Garrett is able to control the center of the ring and force his opponents to move as he waits on a counter. Arguably his greatest strength is his ability to close the distance and use his precise timing inside to score quickly and effectively. Schmelling's ring generalship, gained from his extensive experience, is another key strength of his, and one that he will have to utilize in this bout in order to get his hand raised.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: In his semi final bout, the key question was if Schmelling had the conditioning to go the distance with a high quantity puncher with great stamina, and he settled any doubts about his conditioning. For his final bout in the program, Garrett will have to do what he can to neutralize Greg's long reach. Schmelling's superb head movement will serve him well here, and if he can make Greg miss and then make him pay, he can use Greg's own punches as gateways into his opponent's body.

CORNERS : Fr. Daley

Match Notes:

Can Greg stay as composed in this final about as he did in the semi finals? Can he out will one of the smoothest fighters in the club with extensive experience making deep runs into the tournament? Greg knows what he has to do in order to get his hand raised, the question is if Schmelling will allow him to exert his game plan. Garrett's ring generalship is top shelf, and Greg will be in the ring with a different type of animal than what he's used to. As the story goes for many fights in this tournament, where this fight occurs will be a big decider of who gets the title. Up against the ropes and in the corners, the speedy and crafty Schmelling will get the best of those exchanges. In the center of the ring, Greg's extensive reach advtange will be a huge asset. This will be a great match of bull & the matador.

166 lb Division

Paddy Lawler (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Fisher

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: Paddy, AKA the human energizer bunny, is almost undoubtedly the best conditioned fighter in the club. With such a high motor, he has on multiple occasions beaten more skilled fighters simply by throwing more punches than them. This is assuredly his greatest strength, as he demonstrated last year in the tournament where he had without question the toughest path to a championship, beating 3 extremely talented fighters. However, he had a productive off season training his boxing skills in Chicago, and it has paid big dividends. Now a boxer first, Paddy relies on his brawling as his ace in the hole, and its a brutally effective one. If Paddy can put his opponents in a corner, its going to be a long night for them.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Paddy often struggles against opponents with a significantly longer reach than him - such is the case against his opponent, Jack McDermott. Paddy will have to use his footwork to try to offset McDermott's quick and powerful left handed power shots. Look for Paddy to try to get inside Jack's long reach and take the fight to the body.

CORNERS : Jackson Wrede, Fr. Daley

Jack McDermott (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: O'Neill

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: McDermott comes into the tournament after losing in the finals to an extremely talented fighter last year as a freshman - no small feat. Jack is looking to finish what he started last year, but first he will have to go through Paddy, who certainly is no pushover. McDermott has bulked up since his bouts last year, and the power shows. A tall lefty, many struggle with the southpaw's smooth punching and much improved foot work. McDermott is able to string together combinations seamlessly, something that often gives his opponents trouble, compounding with all of his punches coming from the opposite angles that people are used to. McDermott is a young star of the program, and he looks to prove why on Friday night.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: After jumping up almost 20 pounds from his weight last year, McDermott makes it look like the transition has been easy. However, he's yet to fight someone that can test if he can handle the increase in power. Paddy will certainly test McDermott's chin. Look out for Jack to try to stay on the outside and use his superior boxing technique to outscore the powerful Lawler.

CORNERS : Brian Benedict, Fr. Daley

Match Notes:

Where this fight occurs will be a great indicator of who wins this fight. If most of the action takes place in the center of the ring, McDermott's reach and superior boxing prowess will serve him well en route to his first Bengal Bouts victory. However, if Paddy is able to force the action against the ropes and into the corner, Lawler will have an excellent shot at getting a repeat title. This will be one of the best matchups of the night, and undoubtedly it will be entertaining.

174 lb Division

Jack Corrigan (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Morrissey

EXPERIENCE: 4th Year

STRENGTH: Jack is as experienced as a boxer could be in the ring, and has a history of very hard fought matches. His experience has propelled him to emerge victorious in hard fought matches, as is the case in his semi finals bout against a tough sophomore in Michael Krecek. Jack is gritty, fast, and able to move well. His power punches are his specialty, especially when he strings them together while on his front foot.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Lookout for Jack's head movement. He's improved his ability to slip punches tremendously in the last year. In his semi-final bout, Jack got in trouble whenever his opponent would apply serious pressure. Corrigan was unable to handle the pressure well, moving straight backwards and at times being trapped in the corner. Jack will have to use his lateral movement better to avoid the pressure that Shepard will no doubt apply in this finals bout.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Zack Flint

Jack Shepard (3)

blue-boxer

DORM: Off Campus

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Jack is a tall southpaw with a long reach, and capitalizes on those advantages. He establishes and controls distance very well and hits harder than some opponents suspect. Unlike his opponent, Shepard has previously been to the finals. An extra 30 seconds per round might not seem like a lot, but in the ring it feels like an eternity, and this experience will serve Shepard well. Shepard lost a close and controversial decision against senior captain Zac Flint last year in a fight that could've gone either way. He will look to finish what he started.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Jack is coming off a tough split decision victory over a salty Chris Harrington who pushed him to the limit. Look out for Shepard's deceptively powerful left hand, which he feels comfortable throwing from any angle, and even when backing up. If Shepard is able to establish his range early and deliver his snappy 1-2 combo throughout the bout, he will be tough to handle, and will have a great shot at getting his hand raised and winning his first Bengal Bouts title.

CORNERS : Brian Benedict, Roland Chamblee

Match Notes:

This will be a tightly contested bout. Both fighters are coming off of extremely close split decision victories in the semi finals against tough competitiors. Whichever fighter can exert their will on the other will have the best chance at winning. Corrigan will need to use his head movement and his much improved footwork to get inside and attack the body of the lengthy Shepard. Corrigan's hooks and uppercuts on the inside will be his key to winning this fight. Shepard will have to keep his range and pump his 1-2 consistently against the shorter Corrigan in order to get himself a title. This will be a great bout to watch.

185 lb Division

Dan Andree (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Off Campus

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Dan's a tall, smooth punching lefty that has improved tremendously from last year. Only in his second Bengal Bouts tournament, Dan's work ethic has carried him far, earning him the #1 seed in his bracket. Don't let his inexperience fool you; Andre moves extremely well around the ring and his much more composed than his experience would indicate. Dan will be a tough out against anyone in the tournament.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Lookout for Dan to win this bout on his boxing prowess and his composure. When Dan stays composed and stands at range, his smooth combination punching (heavily featuring a slick slap hook with his right hand) is tough to deal with. He's yet to face a brawler like Cam yet in this tournament, and he'll have to pick apart Cam's tough - yet sloppy - boxing style.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Maeve Donovan

Cameron Nolan (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: Duncan

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Cam is, to his core, a brawler in the ring. His wrestling background shines whenever he boxes. He moves well, and constantly looks like he's never too far away from pulling a takedown on his opponent. Never one to back down from a fight, Cam will not be an easy out for anyone. Capable of moving forward while still taking a punch, Cam is a bulldog, and anyone looking to beat Cam will have to earn every punch.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Lookout for how Cam composes himself for this fight. After losing in the quarterfinals to the president of the club last year, Cam has done well to advance to the finals in this years bouts. This will be the biggest fight of Cam's career thus far, and we will see how he handles it on the big stage. If Cam can stay relaxed, use his underrated boxing skills, and pick his spots to unload a flurry in the corners and against the ropes, Cam will extremely tough to beat. However, if he relies on his brawling and gets too sloppy, a skilled competitor like Andre will pick him apart.

CORNERS : Chris Harrington, Sweet C

Match Notes:

An unusual note on this fight: this is the only fight of the night consisting of two left handed fighters. A similar theme throughout the night, this is a classic boxer vs puncher matchup. Where this fight occurs will largely decide who wins the bout. If Andre controls the ring and is able to box in the middle of the ring, his compure and superior boxing ability will give him a great shot to pick Nolan apart and earn him his first Bengal Bouts title. However, if Andre is unable to deal with Cam's constant pressure and pitbull mentality, Cam can physically assert his will to win over Dan and bully his way into a championship jacket. This will be a fun fight to watch, no doubt.

199 lb Division

Jack Considine (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Off Campus

EXPERIENCE: 4th Year

STRENGTH: Jack - the two time defending champion and president of the club - is one of the most stalwart fighters in the club. A natural swimmer, his punches slightly resemble that of a freestyle motion, and the overhand motion provides an extra sting on his punches. His bread and butter are his 1-2, and he has mastered them over his four years in the bouts, although his recent development of other punches has paid huge dividends and added some more tools to his already potent arsenal. He has great reach on most of the opponents he will fight, which combines well with his dominating 1-2. Mostly a front footed fighter, Jack never stops coming forward. What he may lack in grace, he more than makes up for in toughness and conditioning. Anyone finding themselves in the same ring as Jack better be up for a dog fight.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Look for Jack to set the tone early by establishing his powerful and quick 1-2. Jack gets in trouble against bullrush fighters that are able to force him off his front foot and get him against the ropes and use his lateral movement. If Jack can control the pace of the fight and not allow Montana to seize momentum at any point, Considine will assuredly have a great shot at getting his third and final Bengal Bouts title.

CORNERS : Kevin "Freddie Roach" Smith, Eoghan "The Irish Bomber" Flanagan, "Crazy Uncle" Colin O'Neill

Montana Giordano (2)

blue-boxer

DORM: Alumni

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Montana, truly a tough fighter, comes into the tournament this year after shocking many by advancing to the finals in the 205 pound weight class last year, where he lost to a skilled opponent. Montana's greatest strength is his ability to simply find a way to win. A ROTC kid, his toughness and grit are characteristics that cannot be overlooked. After spending a good portion of time this season working on his footwork and variety of punches, Montana is a very solid fighter. Montana is at his best when he is applying pressure and stringing together combinations to the head and body.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: After beating a very tough Aaron Bode in the semi finals to earn his way back into the finals, Giordano is severely lacking in the athleticism and conditioning in comparison to his opponent in this bout. To make up for this, Montana will have to take the fight to the inside and slow down Considine by attacking the body. If Giordano can turn the fight into a brawl and disrupt Jack's composure, his natural competitiveness and will to win will give him a great shot of getting his hand raised.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Fr. Daley

Match Notes:

No matter what the matchup is, Montana seems to simply find a way to win. He has lacked the boxing prowess or athleticism of his opponents in quite a few fights during his experience here at Notre Dame, but his sheer competitivness and grit have won him many fights. However, that trend did not hold up for him last year in the finals, and the question is if it will hold up again this time against an entirely different caliber of opponent. Montana will have to fight well and string together his combinations to the body early and often to keep the lengthy Considine at bay. Montana knocked on the door last year. If he attacks the body, he can kick it in. On the other end, if Jack is able to establish his distance early and pump his straight right hand, its going to be a long night for Montana.

Heavyweight Division

Pat Gordon (1)

blue-boxer

DORM: Keough

EXPERIENCE: 3rd Year

STRENGTH: Pat is tall, strong, and fast. And he's a southpaw. Needless to say, opponents aren't exactly thrilled to face him. The defending champion in the 205 pound weight class, Pat has jumped up to the heavyweight class for this tournament. Not one to rest on his laurels, Pat has invested more "sweat equity" in the boxing gym than any other competitor in the program. Two years ago, Pat suffered his only Bengal Bouts defeat (a split-decision loss in the finals to Bengal Bouts president Jack Considine) in part because his conditioning was not up to par. He has since attacked what was once a weakness and made it a strength. When he lets his hands go, he is as good as it gets.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Pat is widely regarded as the best boxer in the program. Now it's simply a matter of demonstrating it when the lights shine brightest. Because of his confidence in fighting backwards and counter-punching, Pat can occasionally get a little lackadaisical instead of asserting himself by coming forward. When Pat throws punches moving forward, he is nearly unbeatable, as evidenced by his impressive semifinal victory. When Pat is locked in and he throws multiple punch combinations, he represents the very best of Bengal Bouts boxing.

CORNERS : Matt Gelchion, Casey Gelchion, Jack Feger

Ryan Richelsen (3)

blue-boxer

DORM: Morrissey

EXPERIENCE: 2nd Year

STRENGTH: Ryan Richelsen is one tough customer - capable of taking big shots and walking right through them to deliver big shots to his opponent. One of the lighter heavyweights, he moves fairly well. His main strength is his ability to keep coming forward and disrupting his opponents rhythm and timing. In his semifinal bout, Ryan defeated junior captain Jackson Wrede in one of the most competitive bouts of the night, in large part due to throwing more punches than his opponent.

LOOKOUT FOR FOR: Riding the momentum of Tuesday night's victory, Ryan will look to defeat another junior captain in the championship bout. Adding to the intrigue for the final fight of the evening is that it serves as a rematch from last year's tournament. The talented young boxer lost to Pat in the quarterfinals of the 2016 tournament but has made great strides since that point. Ryan has had a full year to gameplan for this one boxer. If he's able to disrupt Pat's rhythm early, he will have a chance at pulling off the upset.

CORNERS :

Match Notes:

The night finishes up with best boxer in the program competing against the boxer who gave him the most difficulty last year. Pat Gordon fights like he's number one, but he's trained like he's number two. He has taken nothing for granted on his road to this championship bout. His opponent, Ryan Richelsen, is one of the most promising sophomores in the program and is one of only two fighters to have defeated a captain to this point. If he were to win, he would become just the second fighter in the last five years to best two captains in the same tournament on the way to a championship jacket. There is no doubt that both are motivated to put on a show worthy of the cause for which they're boxing.