George (Comanche Boy) Tahdooahnippah is hoping his next fight will be yet another stepping stone in his professional boxing career.
Tahdooahnippah, who is from Oklahoma and has Comanche and Choctaw ancestry, is scheduled to battle Indiana’s Jimmy Holmes on July 16 for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas middleweight title.
The bout will be the main event of a card which will be held outdoors at the Comanche Nation Casino, located in Tahdooahnippah’s hometown of Lawton, Okla.
Tahdooahnippah is undefeated in his pro career and sports a 27-0-1 record, which includes 20 knockouts. Holmes, who is nicknamed The Fightin’ School Teacher, has a 19-2-2 mark and has registered 10 knockouts.
“The promoter threw it out at me about a month ago and said go for it,” Tahdooahnippah said of his upcoming bout.
The 32-year-old, however, sounds more excited about what a victory in this match could possibly do for his career.
In recent times, Tahdooahnippah has been ranked from the high 100’s to between 120th and 130th in the WBC rankings. 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.
“It’s going to give me a little more status,” he said of the possibility of having a WBC Continental Americas belt.
Tahdooahnippah believes winning a WBC Continental Americas title will be a huge step in his goal to eventually garner a world title. In boxing, the WBC is one of several world governing bodies in the sport.
Should a victory over Holmes indeed result in a Top 30 WBC ranking, Tahdooahnippah said he would then expect to have some fights against some other highly ranked contenders.
“I’m going to be the guy they’ll be looking to fight,” he said. “It’s a path I have to take. And I know the (world) shot is going to come.”
Tahdooahnippah does currently own another belt. He was presented with the lesser-known Native American Boxing Council super middleweight belt in 2008.
Though he has fought a pair of opponents who would have been eligible for that belt since then, those bouts were not actual title defences.
As for Holmes, Tahdooahnippah is not too familiar with him.
“He’s tall and scrappy,” he said of the 33-year-old, who is 6-foot-1, three inches taller than Tahdooahnippah. “But I’m going to go in there and do my job. I’m going to take care of business.”
Though he can watch videos of Holmes from previous fights, Tahdooahnippah said he won’t be studying those clips too intensely.
“It might throw my game off,” he said if he were to start thinking too much of what to possibly expect from Holmes. “I just know what I’m going to be doing.”
Tahdooahnippah likes the fact the bout will be in his hometown.
“It will (help),” he said. “My fans don’t have to travel. It will be a good one for them to go to.”
Tahdooahnippah does have one slight concern over his upcoming bout with Holmes – the fact it will be outdoors and he’ll have to contend with the anticipated Oklahoma summer heat.
“It’s in the 100s right now,” Tahdooahnippah said on June 21, the first day of summer. “It will probably be in the ’90s (on fight day). Hopefully it will get down to the ’80s at night. I just have to prepare for the heat. It’s going to be hot.”
Besides being a professional boxer, Tahdooahnippah also works for his tribe. He is the health and fitness promoter for the Comanche Nation’s diabetes program.