Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Oct. 27

Damon-Bahe Boxing Team hits hard with best shots at Native American Amateur Boxing Championships
Walter Francis and Wilfred Yazzie awarded championship belts

The Damon-Boxing Team shows off their rewards following the Native American Amateur Boxing Championships at the Apache Gold Casino and Resort in San Carlos, Ariz. Submitted photo

The Damon-Boxing Team shows off their rewards following the Native American Amateur Boxing Championships at the Apache Gold Casino and Resort in San Carlos, Ariz. Submitted photo

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. - The Damon-Bahe Boxing Team returned last month from the Native American Amateur Boxing Championships at the Apache Gold Casino and Resort in San Carlos Ariz. There were 39 boxers that entered this event and 11 Navajos - nine of which were from the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team.

Unopposed Native American Amateur National Boxing Champions were John Yazzie 140 pound Novice Division; Jeremiah Bahe, 126 pound SR Division; Josh Kebos, 85 pound JO Division; Joshua Bahe, 160 pound JO division; James Bahem, 60 pound Batanum Division; and Cytisha Mitchell, 70 pound Batamum Female Division.

There were a total of four bouts for the tournament. The Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was in three of the four championship bouts. On July 6, all four championship bouts were contested. There were a total of 10 bouts July 6.

First up for the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was John Yazzie (2012 Native American Amateur Boxing Champion). In a "Show Bout (140 pound weight class)" his opponent was John Garbow from Augusta Boxing Team. John Yazzie won the bout in 22 seconds of the first round with a Technical Knock Out (TKO).

Up next for the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was Stanfred Mitchell (152 pound weight class). His opponent was Nelson Robertson (Augusta Boxing Team). Robertson won the bout on point decision.

Up next for the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was Wilfred Yazzie (165 pound weight class). His opponent was C.J. Stevens (Geronimo Stronghold Boxing Team). Wilfred Yazzie won the Native American Boxing Championship 2012 by a points decision. The final boxer was Walter Francis (201-plus weight class/super heavyweight). His opponent was Mike Garbow (Augusta Boxing). Francis won the Native America Boxing Championship 2012 by a points decision. Both Walter Francis and Wilfred Yazzie were awarded championship belts.

There were seven bouts July 7 and the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was in three. First up was James "Babycakes" Bahe (2012 Native American National Boxing Champion) in the 65 pound Banatum Show Bout. His opponent was Jaheim Willis (Stonehard Boxing Team). Jaheim Willis won a close bout by points.

Up next for the Damon-Bahe Boxing Team was Josh Kebos (2012 Native American National Boxing Champion) in the 85-pound JO Division. His opponent was Mark Dawahoya (Tsosie's Boxing Team). Josh Kebos won this bout by points. Next was Jeremiah Bahe (2012 Native American National Boxing Champion), 126 pound SR Division. His opponent was Barry Smith (Stonehard Boxing Team). Berry Smith won a close decision by points.

"I am proud of the efforts of our team," said Coach John Bahe. "Their heart, dedication, and hard work has paid off they are all champions in my eyes and as coaches we are very proud of them."

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