Wilch wins National Native American Boxing title

Wilch wins National Native American Boxing title Waha Canka Wilch, left, from Vermillion, lands a blow to the head of Aaron Quintana, of Kearney, NE. Wilch won the 154-pound boys senior open fight � part of the National Native American Boxing Championships � July 9 at Haskell Indian Nations University. (Photo courtesy of Jared Soares/Lawrence, KS World Herald) Waha Canka Wilch of Vermillion is the champion of the Ringside National Native American Boxing Championships in the 154 lb., 16-year-olds open class. Open class is the bracket for fighters with 10 or more previous fights.

This national tournament was held on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University at Lawrence, KS. The three-day event drew 90 boxing amateurs from the across the United States, including Alaska, as well as fighters from Canada.

Wilch's preliminary fight on July 9 was against Aaron Quintana, a very tough and tested opponent from the esteemed Quintana Boxing Club of Kearney, NE. Coincidentally, Quintana had decisioned Wilch in Norfolk, NE, two years ago.

It was a fierce tactical battle and the two-minute rounds in the 90-degree arena heat added to the fighters' adversity. Wilch won the first round and Quintana won the second.

Everything was on the line going into the third round. Wilch reached deep into his heart and landed the harder and more telling punches and was awarded the very competitive contest.

On Saturday, July 10, the stage was set for Wilch's championship fight versus Trevor Tewee from Warm Springs, OR. Tewee was very strong and stated before the fight that "if Wilch fights the way he did against Quintana, I'll win," referring to the way Wilch was willing to trade punches with Quintana at times.

But it was not to be for Tewee. Wilch kept his opponent on the receiving end of his jab and many power shots from the opening bell. Tewee received a standing eight count in the second round, yet fought back gallantly to land a right hand near to the end of the same round.

Wilch fought beautifully in the third and won the championship handily.

Wilch's fights were so impressive, he was awarded the Outstanding Boxer Award in the Boys' Open Division by the officials at the national contest.

"My fights at this national competition were all heart," Wilch said. "Fighting in the 90-degree heat was like soul searching, in finding out how far you can push yourself. I'm champion at 154 lbs. and I'd like to thank my fans and the people who believed in me.

"I thank and give all glory to God for these great victories and the ability to win the Outstanding Boxer Award," he added. "I will continue to dedicate myself and work even harder from this point on."

The Ringside National Native American Boxing Championship Meet is presented by the Native American Sports Council in cooperation with the National Indian Athletic Association.

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