On Wednesday, September 25, the National Collegiate Boxing Association announced that Lafayette has been chosen to host the 2020 NCBA Collegiate Boxing Championships.
The three-day tournament will be held from April 2- 4, 2020, and bring close to 200 college boxers, coaches, officials and doctors to Lafayette, according to a release.
"We are very excited to choose Lafayette as our championship destination for 2020," said NCBA President Dr. Eric Buller. "We have been very pleased with the great support received thus far and look forward to enjoying continued Cajun hospitality in the Happiest City in America."
The tournament will also honor the passing of professional trainer and Ragin Cajun Boxing Club coach and founder Beau Williford.
Williford died in July at the age of 69 following a brief battle with lung cancer.
The event will be headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette and championship bouts held in the hotel's Grand Ballroom.
"This announcement continues our recent string of big-time boxing events in our area, including the 2017 National Golden Gloves, Sugar Bert Boxing National Qualifier with the option for National Championship, and WBC Title Bout," Lafayette Travel President Ben Berthelot said in a press release. "I’m especially pleased to see the NCBA will be honoring Beau Wiliford and his great legacy. I know Beau would be proud.”
The 2019 NCBA Collegiate National Championships was hosted April 4-6 in Reno, Nevada.