Boxing was a popular varsity and intramural sport for a few decades in the early twentieth century. It began informally in 1924 with a match between UNC student boxers and soldiers from Fort Bragg. The university hired a boxing coach the following year, and it was soon established as a varsity sport. By the 1940s campus administrators began to consider dropping varsity boxing. Attendance was waning, there were continued concerns about student safety, and UNC was having a hard time scheduling matches because few nearby schools had boxing teams. Varsity boxing was discontinued in 1948.