Oxford University Amateur Boxing Club is one of the oldest boxing clubs in the UK, founded in 1881. Each year the club members train and compete in a number of boxing shows and events, which culminate in our annual Varsity match against Cambridge.
To find out more about how to become a member, click the link below.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19, the format and timing of training sessions will be different this term - see here
113th Varsity Match
7th March 2020
The annual Varsity Match was hosted in the Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 7th March. It was the 113th Men's match; unfortunately, there was no Women's varsity, but both clubs have agreed that representation of women on the show is important, so as a result Oxford put on 4 alternative women's bouts before the 9 men's bouts. Cambridge won 6-3, putting the Truelove Bowl scores at 55-54 to Cambridge.
Town vs Gown
25th January 2020
The annual Town vs Gown event was held in the Oxford Union Debate Chamber on Saturday 25th January, and featured 17 Oxford boxers competing across 13 bouts. Of the 9 external bouts, Oxford came away with 3 wins.
2nd Oxford Women's Show
16th November 2019
The second ever all-Women's Boxing Show was held in the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall at Iffley Sports Centre on Saturday 16th November. The night was a resounding success for the club. Over 280 tickets were sold, and the busy hall created an electric atmosphere. We had eight bouts lined up, featuring ten Oxford women and four external women, plus two under-18s who kicked off the show with a skills bout.
112th Varsity Match
9th March 2019
Cambridge hosted the 112th Men's Varsity Match on Saturday 9th March 2019 and won 6-3. This puts CUABC and OUABC joint with 54 wins each in the Truelove Bowl.
Unfortunately, a suitable system could not be agreed upon with regards to the Women's Varsity, and as a result none of the OUABC women competed.
This year OUABC took four women to BUCS, and returned with two gold medals and one silver.
Inaugral Oxford Women's Show
17th November 2018
In Michaelmas 2018, OUABC hosted its first ever all-women club show at Iffley Sports Centre, in the newly-built Acer-Nethercott Sports Hall. The show was a success and the club is working on establishing the show as a regular feature of the boxing calendar.
111th Varsity Match
9th March 2018
This year marked the 111th Men's Varsity Match and the 3rd Women's Varsity Match. It was held on Friday 9th March at the Oxford Town Hall.
The women lost 2-1. The men lost 6-3. This puts OUABC's Varsity mens team in front with 54-53 wins against Cambridge. OUABC's women are down 2-1 in the series.
Alumni Reunion Dinner
10th March 2018
Following the Varsity match on the Friday, the alumni all met the following day at St Hilda’s for the 2018 Reunion Dinner. Thanks should be said to Kate Newton for organising the event, who achieved the impossible feat of surpassing the last reunion dinner in 2015 at Pembroke College. This was the largest ever reunion dinner with more than 160 guests, including many wives and partners and the current OUABC team and committee.
10th March 2018
On Saturday 10 March, the bell that marked the final lap of Sir Roger Bannister's historic sub-four-minute mile was once again rung at Iffley Road. This time it was to celebrate the official opening of the Gallie-Lewis-Dean Gym (known as the GLD), the first phase of Oxford University's long-awaited redevelopment of its Iffley Road sports facilities.
Oxford were very successful in BUCS 2015, with 3 entries, and 3 medals. Congratulations to our two golds and a silver in the British University Championships.
107th Varsity Match
Oxford were victorious in the 107th Varsity Match held in the Oxford Town Hall in 2014. The Varsity Match will return to Oxford for 2016, where Oxford hope to regain the overall lead on the Truelove Bowl, having lost in 2015.
106th Varsity Match
9th March 2013
9th March 2013 - Oxford beat Cambridge 6-3, winning the Varsity Boxing Match for the 3rd year in a row and bringing the total match tally to a tie of 51-51.