Going toe-to-toe with another person trying to punch you in the face is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But the sport of boxing is a way of life for some athletes in Native America. Modern day warriors compete in the ring for local, national and even international titles. Sometimes they just duke it out to earn the respect of their gym. How is boxing connected to your Native community? How is it connected to your life?
Wes Nofire (Cherokee Nation) — undefeated heavyweight contender
Erik Riley (White Mountain Apache) — boxing coach and head coach for the Haskell Boxing Club
Mioshia “Yosh” Wagoner (Navajo and Chickasaw) — lightweight boxer
Break Music: Suplex (feat. Northern Voice) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) Suplex EP (album)