LAWTON, Okla. – George Tahdooahnippah, Comanche, has been rather successful in the ring.
And now the 30-year-old middleweight boxer is hoping to be a hit online.
Tahdooahnippah has teamed up with his director friend Thomas Yeahpau to create the “Comanche Boy” documentary series. “Comanche Boy” is often the moniker Tahdooahnippah is given when he’s duking it out in the ring.
The episodes, which are expected to be 15 to 20 minutes long, will enable viewers to get a better understanding of what Tahdooahnippah is all about, in and out of the ring.
The inaugural episode in the series was completed in May. It’s available on Tahdooahnippah’s Web site.
Episodes are also expected to be available on YouTube.
Besides footage from some of his fights, there will be candid interviews with the professional boxer, who compiled a rather impressive mark of 18-0-1, including 17 knockouts, in his first 19 bouts.
The first episode will also include scenes from about 50 fans that chartered a bus and attended one of his fights this past March in northern Oklahoma.
“The number one goal is to get my boxing out there,” Tahdooahnippah said. “And we’re trying to get the Indian warrior image back. I want us to be taken as serious athletes.”
He said there are several Native boxers who are making a name for themselves right now. He is believed to be the first Native pugilist to take his story online.
“If fans come (because of the series) I’m happy and thankful. But I’m not going out to win fans by doing this,” Tahdooahnippah said.
He’s hoping his story eventually is turned into a feature film.
“That would be next, if we can get to that stage. If it happens, it happens.”
Tahdooahnippah said he has generated interest from boxing fans in Japan and Germany who are interested in more information about him.
“With these episodes, they can kind of get a first-hand experience of what I’m about.”
But Tahdooahnippah, who for the past five years has worked as an environmentalist for the Comanche First Nation, said parts of his series will not appeal to all.
“Some people don’t want to hear the past,” he said. “They say the past is the past. They say ‘why do you have to talk about what happened 100 years ago or 500 years ago.’ But we still have it in our heart.
“Some people might not like it. I’m not a racist person. But they might not like to hear a Native American believing in his people first and his country second.”