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Photos from the 1st Armored Division boxing championship at Forward Operating Base Sykes in northeast Iraq. Read the accompanying article by Monte Morin.

Spc. Keeon Britton, left, blocks a punch thrown by Sgt. Domenico Carbone Friday during the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division boxing championship at Forward Operating Base Sykes, in northeast Iraq. Carbone fought in two matches that evening, winning the first one against another fighter and losing the second to Britton.

Cpl. Daniel Uribe, left, and Spc. Shane Kirk, duke it out during the 1st or “Ready First” Brigade, 1st Armor Division’s boxing championship at Forward Operating Base Sykes in Iraq Friday.

Col. Sean MacFarland, who organized the matches, puffs on a cigar during a 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division championship boxing bout Friday.

More than 500 soldiers cheered on boxers at the 1st or “Ready First” Brigade, 1st Armor Division’s championship fights Friday – the culmination of a month-long series of Friday night fights.

Pugilists in far-flung Camp Nimur, near the Syrian border, used a tent tarp as a boxing ring during preliminary bouts two weeks prior to Friday night’s “Ready First” boxing championship.

Pugilists in far-flung Camp Nimur, near the Syrian border, used a tent tarp as a boxing ring during preliminary bouts two weeks prior to Friday night’s “Ready First” boxing championship.

Spc. Chester W. Arnett plays an electrified version of the national anthem before the Friday Night Fights at Forward Operating Base Sykes, in northwest Iraq, on Friday.

A regulation boxing ring, cigars, musical entertainment and Vegas-style showmanship were all part of the “Ready First” boxing championship at Forward Operating Base Sykes in northwest Iraq Friday.

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