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Tahdooahnippah: “I have a lot of fight left in me yet”

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By Bill Tibbs


Lawton, Oklahoma’s George Tahdooahnippah, better known as “Comanche Boy,” steps into the ring on Friday, October 4th for the first time since suffering his first career defeat last February. In front of a televised ESPN2 audience, the Colorado-born super middleweight would be stopped in six rounds by world-rated Delvin Rodriguez. Tahdooahnippah, an outstanding university athlete who was offered a wrestling scholarship to Delaware State University and didn’t start his pro career until the age of 25, knew the fight was a big step up in competition and a win would lead to bigger and better opportunities (case in point: after adding another win since fighting "Comanche Boy,” Rodriguez will now face multiple world champion Miguel Cotto for a career-high payday on HBO, the night after Tahdooahnippah’s fight).
 
However, the heart and determination George showed in his effort against Rodriguez certainly garnered him tremendous respect among fight fans. George will bring his 31-1-1 (23) record into the ring against South Carolina’s Thomas Brown and is looking to get back on track and kickstart his career as he continues to pursue his ultimate goal of a world title shot. Maxboxing caught up with George as he put the finishing touches on his training for his upcoming bout.

“I feel great and am excited to get back in the ring. I had a fight fall through in July so I am happy to be getting back in the ring,” Tahdooahnippah stated. Asked how he felt after the Rodriguez fight, he said, “I actually felt alright. I mean every fighter loses at some point. I’m not taking anything away from Delvin that night; he won fair and square. But I left a lot in the gym and I learned a lot about making my weight properly. That struggle with weight won’t happen again.”  Tahdooahnippah has also become an advocate for healthy living, exercise and proper diet for his community and loves the opportunity to educate and work with Native American youth. “It’s all about education and awareness,” the friendly father of four stated. “I love sharing health tips and educating the young people and elders about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and understanding the need for awareness about proper nutrition. I wasn’t aware of any of that growing up with government food commodities but I know how important it is now.”
 
As “Comanche Boy” prepares for his bout he is genuinely excited to re-start his title run as he states that has always been his goal. “I know what people may say; ‘That Midwest guy stepped up and lost.’ But really, I learned a lot and I know I am going to come back 10 times better than I was before. I am going to represent my people. I am going to bring awareness to Native American peoples and I am not going to stop till they are singing and beating the drums as I head into the ring for a title shot. That has always been the ultimate goal. I have a lot of fight left in me yet.”
 
Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca.
 
 

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