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Combined Services Boxing Association (CSBA)

The Combined Services Boxing Association (CSBA), comprising the Royal Navy Boxing Association, the Army Boxing Association and the Royal Air Force Boxing Association, is affiliated to the Amateur Boxing Association of England(ABAE).

The CSBA, together with its boxers and officials, is highly regarded within ABAE and over recent years has produced ABAE Senior and Novice Champions, International boxers and a number of England, European and World Major Panel Officials.

CSBA Championships at Novice and Senior level are held annually to qualify boxers for the respective ABAE National Championships and to determine Inter Service Championship Individual and Team Titles - the Novice Championships are usually held in October at the Royal Star & Garter Home in London, the Senior Championships are usually held in March at Aldershot,Portsmouth or Cranwell.

Details of the Championships are on CSBA Novice Championships and CSBA Senior Championships pages.

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Senior Boxing and Inter Service Team Championships

Novice Championships

Combined Services Senior Boxing and Inter Service Team Championships

The Championships for Senior Class Boxers (Open Class) are usually held in March, at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, Army Boxing Centre, Aldershot or RAF Cranwell and are a qualifying round of the Amatuer Boxing Association England (ABAE) National Senior Championships. One boxer each from Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force are selected by their respective Team Coaches to enter the championships in weight category. Any semi finals (three entries in one weight) are boxed the day prior to the Championships Finals.

Inter Services Team Championships

In addition to Individual Titles, the Inter Services Team Championships are decided at the event. The winner of the individual title gains one point towards the team competition. One point is awarded for a walkover. The winning team is the team with the most points. In the event of a tie on points the current Service Title holders will retain the title. In the event of this still not producing a winner the Service with the greater number of finalists will be declared the Team Champions.

The Team Champions are awarded the Noble Statuette. This splendid silver trophy was first presented in 1922 to the winners of what were then the Imperial Services Boxing Association (ISBA) Championships. Later the title was changed to the Combined Services Boxing Association.

The Imperial Services Boxing Association Championships were instituted in 1919, in which year the Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African Expeditionary Forces also competed. The championships took the form of individual championships with separate categories for Officers and Other Ranks.

In the years 1923, 1924 and 1925 the championships took the form of Inter Service Team Championships between the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force.

In 1925, the individual system was reintroduced and the open ISBA Championships held in abeyance. The ISBA Amateur Championships were instituted and Officers and Other Ranks competed with one another to find the individual champion.

In 1931, the old ISBA Team Trophy was put up by the Royal Navy (holders) as an Amateur Team ISBA trophy. In 1932 the Territorial Army entered a Team for the championships, to make it a four sided competition between the Royal Navy & Royal Marines, the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Territorial Army. In later years the championships comprised of each service boxing against each of the other services.

The Army Boxing Team is the current holder of the Noble Statuette, having won the Title for 26 years in succession. 

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Combined Services Novice Boxing Championships

The Championships for Novice Class Boxers (Novice Class A 0-10 bouts, Novice Class B 11-20 bouts) are usually held in October at the Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond , London and are a qualifying round of the Amatuer Boxing Association England (ABAE) National Novice Championships. One boxer each from Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force are selected by their repective Team Coaches to enter the championships in Class and weight category. Any semi finals (three entries in one weight) are boxed the day prior to the Championships Finals.

Results 2008

Results from 1922

1922 Army 1955 Army 1988 Army
1923 Royal Navy/Army 1956 Royal Air Force 1989 Army
1924 Royal Navy/Army 1957 Army 1990 Army
1925 No Competition 1958 Army 1991 Army
1926 1959 Army 1992 Army
1927 1960 Army 1993 Army
1928 1961 Army 1994 Army
1929 1962 Army 1995 Army
1930 1963 Royal Navy 1996 Army
1931 Army 1964 Army 1997 Army
1932 Army 1965 Army 1998 Army
1933 Army 1966 Army 1999 Army
1934 Army 1967 Army 2000 Army
1935 Army 1968 Royal Navy 2001 Army
1936 Army 1969 Army 2002 Army
1937 Royal Air Force 1970 Army 2003 Army
1938 Royal Air Force 1971 Army 2004 Army
1939 Royal Air Force/Territorial Army 1972 Royal Air Force 2005 Army
1940 No Competition 1973 Army 2006 Army
1941 1974 Army 2007 Army
1942 1975 2008 Army
1943 1976 2009 Army
1944 1977 Army 2010 Army
1945 1978 Army 2011 Army
1946 1979 Army 2012 Army
1947 1980 Royal Navy 2013 Army
1948 Army 1981 Royal Navy
1949 Army 1982 Royal Navy
1950 Army 1983 Royal Navy
1951 Royal Air Force 1984 Royal Navy
1952 Royal Navy/Army 1985 Royal Navy
1953 Army 1986 Army
1954 Army/Royal Air Force 1987 Army
1955 Army 1988 Army
1956 Royal Air Force 1989 Army