O’siyo. The Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos, Arizona recently held its Native American Amateur Boxing Championships. The event was a three-day affair from July 5-7. The ultimate goal of these tournaments is to create a Native American Boxing team to compete in the 2016 Olympic games.
Native American Boxing Championships. Photo- ICT
Excerpt: Inside the Native American Amateur Boxing Championships By Tish Leizens, ICT
“Twenty-eight fighters from 11 different tribes won in the three-day 2012 Native American Amateur Boxing Championships event held at the Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos, Arizona on July 5-7. The champions, male and female, from ages 8 to 34, competed in specific weight classes and five divisions, including senior, junior Olympic, intermediate, junior and bantam. The winners brought pride to the tribes of Navajo, San Carlos Apache, Chicakasaw/Cherokee, Chippewa/Cherokee, Assiniboine Sioux, Pima, Gila River, Acoma Pueblo, Blood Tribe (Canada), Choctow/Cherokee and Ute… The tournament was a significant first step to producing a national Native American team to tour and compete at an international level and at the Pan Am Games, with the ultimate goal of training world-class boxers in time for the 2016 Olympic games. Marvin Clifford, Sr., director of the Native American Boxing Council (NABC), said the Championships dated back to the late 1990s, with the last tournament held in 2004… Promoting amateur boxing as a safe sport and a huge benefit to the health and wellness of Native American youth are also among the goals of NABC. We want to encourage kids to be successful outside of the ring… emphasizing that health and boxing go together.” Read the article in its entirety to see the names of the individual winners for each tribe.
“I just want to be an example to the people in my reservation that you can do anything you put your mind to…Let the kids know education is so important; it’s how I found boxing, you know? Just be a living example that anything is possible.” ~Mioshia- Yosh- Wagoner~
O’siyo. He has Comanche and Choctaw ancestry, and he is scheduled to battle Indiana’s Jimmy Holmes on July 16 for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas middleweight title. The fight will take place outdoors at the Comanche Nation Casino, located in Lawton, Oklahoma, Tahdooahnippah’s hometown.
George (Comanche Boy) Tahdooahnippah. Photo- ICTMN
ICT By Sam Laskaris Comanche Boy Fighting for WBC Middleweight Title
“Tahdooahnippah is undefeated in his pro career and sports a 27-0-1 record, which includes 20 knockouts… The 32-year-old, however, sounds more excited about what a victory in this match could possibly do for his career…He believes beating Holmes and earning the WBC’s Continental Americas belt would boost him considerably and possibly give him a Top 30 placing in the organization’s middleweight rankings…”
In addition to being a professional boxer, Tahdooahnippah also helps his people by being a fitness promoter for the Comanche Nation’s diabetes program. He is an inspiration to young people every where. Tahdooahnippah demonstrates the importance of good health, and equally important, a path that just might lead to a better life. Kudos to Comanch Boy! Read the article, and share your thoughts.
O’siyo. The new “power-house” on the block is Mioshia Wagoner, member of the Navajo and Chickasaw tribes. She is also a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Mioshia Wagoner.Photo- kansan.com
“Mioshia Wagoner, 27, warmed up with a little shadow boxing as she trained in the boxing facility at Haskell University on Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010, in Lawrence, Kansas. Wagoner is working on her masters degree in conflict resolution at Baker University. A graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, she hopes to join the small ranks of great Native-American athletes by going for the gold in 2012. Last year, she boxed for Team USA at world championships in China.
She could also be one of the next Kansas City area athletes to vie for an Olympic medal. Wagoner, 27, trains at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, where she did her undergraduate work in American Indian studies. She went to China two years ago for the World Championships and brought home a silver medal for Team USA. he’s headed to the national boxing championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She has not fought for nearly a year because of an injury.
Mioshia Wagoner wins silver. Native Village News.
Her goal: London 2012. For the first time, women’s boxing will be an Olympic event. She grew up on a reservation. Her mother is Navajo; her father Chickasaw. In junior high, she played quarterback on the boys football team. Her father tells the story that in the final minute of a tight game in which she scored the go-ahead touchdown, she then asked to play defense and clotheslined an opposing player trying for the winning score… She plans on returning to the reservation in New Mexico after finishing her degree at Baker University and later hanging up her gloves. I have family there, and they’ve helped me so much.”
Mioshia Wagoner. Photo- Native Village.
“I’m a Navajo woman,..I’m a student, a daughter… I have family there [New Mexico reservation] and they’ve helped me so much… There are problems there. And I have been given the opportunity to learn things so that I can go back and help. That’s what I have to do.” ~ Mioshia Wagoner~