By Tilden Bird
Four enrolled members of the Three Affiliated Tribes will be competing in the 2016 National Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament, the biggest tournament in the country for youth boxers. The young athletes of the Minot Boxing Club include Moroni Hale, 11, Samuel Hale, 9, Skylar Smith, 11, and William Finley, 12. Non-enrolled boxers also attending the tournament are Jose and Raphael Lopez, both 9 years old.
Jordan Calavera stated, head coach of the Minot Boxing Club, “There’s been a lot of improvements, even since the state tournament which was hardly a month ago.” Calavera continued, “Just like any sport, the more you win, the happier you are, and the harder you work to get better.”
In order to prepare for the tournament, boxers have maintained their regular exercises in basics of movement, offense, and defense with Calavera introducing more focus and more seriousness into their training. “There’s a little bit more on the line. You go to a national tournament you’re going to see the best out there. So I just want them to be prepared and I think they know that too. We’ve talked about it. So they’re just working harder.”
In addition to preparing physically for the tournament, parents began to financially prepare. Lisa Hale, mother to Moroni and Samuel Hale, has created a Gofundme campaign in order to raise money for travel expenses, such as gas, hotels and meals. In the campaign description Hale states, “We are proud to represent our community of Minot, North Dakota, in the sport of boxing. The boys will be grateful to attend a huge tournament like this and the experience will further their success in their boxing careers. Thank you for your continued support!”
The 2016 National Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament will be held February 3-6 in Independence, Missouri, at the Hilton Garden Inn Independence.