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December 7, 1962 |
|Other names||The Boss|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||105.0 kg (231.5 lb; 16.53 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Years active||18 (1987-2005)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Amateur boxing record|
|Occupation||All Nations Foundation, founder|
|Notable school(s)||A.C. Davis High School|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Joe "The Boss" Hipp is a retired professional Native American heavyweight boxer. Hipp, a member of Blackfeet Tribe became the first Native American to challenge for the world heavyweight championship of boxing on August 19, 1995 when he fought WBA champion Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. On May 2009, Hipp was inducted into American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hipp began his professional career with a 4-round decision victory over Steve Cortez at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon on August 29, 1987. For his second fight 2 months later, Hipp travelled to Carson City, Nevada to face Utah native Veti Katoa. The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after Hipp suffered a broken jaw in the third round.
Hipp rebounded successfully from the defeat by notching up 3 consecutive first round knockout victories before facing Katoa in a rematch at Gardnerville Park in Gardnerville, Nevada on July 2, 1988. Hipp dominated the action on the inside with his hard hitting, banging style to take a 5 round unanimous decision.
Hipp then took a year-long hiatus from boxing before returning to face Andrew Matthews on the 4th of July of the following year. Outweighing his opponent by over 30 pounds, Hipp punched his way to secure a first round stoppage of his foe. Exactly two weeks later, Hipp scored a unanimous four round decision over up-and-coming contender Cleveland Woods in what Ring Magazine referred to as "...the upset of the night" on the card for that evening.
Hipp began another winning streak (including a brutal third round knockout of Katoa in their third and final meeting) before facing Bert Cooper in the bout Cooper fought in before facing Evander Holyfield for the world title one month later. Cooper matched Hipp's penchant for slugging with a flurry of punches of his own en route to a fifth round stoppage by referee Joe Cortez and a victory before his fight with Holyfield.
Hipp again rebounded by winning 3 consecutive contests before facing Tommy Morrison on June 27, 1992 in Reno, Nevada. In a slugfest that saw Morrison break his jaw and both of his hands, Hipp lost via 9th round stoppage after he, in turn, suffered a complete shattering of his cheekbones. Afterwards, Hipp fought once in 1993 scoring a ten round decision victory over Kevin Ford, in a rematch with the fringe contender he'd scored a decision over just two fights prior to the Morrison fight.
Hipp came back in 1994 with a set of victories that saw him earn and defend the NABF heavyweight title. He began the following year by continuing his winning ways over Phillip Brown, a journeyman fighter who quickly retired after Hipp easily punched his way to a third round stoppage victory over him. This would lead to Hipp's most important fight, the fight that would land him in the history books as the first Native American to challenge for the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
First Native American Heavyweight Championship
On August 19, 1995 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the undercard to the infamous Mike Tyson v. Peter McNeeley fight (Tyson's first fight after being released from prison for rape), Hipp squared off against Bruce Seldon for the WBA Heavyweight championship. The fight was stopped in the tenth round of the contest by referee Richard Steele after Hipp experienced massive swelling and bleeding on his face. In 1999 he became the first Native American Heavyweight boxing champion by winning the WBF heavyweight championship.
Hipp's career was rather undistinguished afterwards. He fired off a series of victories over third rate competition before being knocked out by hard hitting journeyman Ross Puritty on June 15, 1997. Hipp had secured a comfortable lead on the scorecards before Puritty came out swinging for the tenth and final round of their bout. An exhausted Hipp was no match for the desperate Puritty as he suffered his first defeat by a clean knockout (as opposed to referee stoppage). He racked up three consecutive victories after the Puritty fight but then blew out his knee against Jeff Pegues on December 9, 1999. He attempted a comeback four years later, but that proved ill-fated two fights into it as he dropped a six-round decision to journeyman Billy Zumbrun on November 14, 2003.
Hipp, referred to as "The Boss" by his loyal fans, returned from another extended hiatus on August 13, 2005, to win a six round decision over Ted Reiter. He has not fought since.
Professional boxing record
|43 Wins (29 knockouts, 14 decisions), 7 Losses (6 knockouts, 1 decision)|
|Win||43-7||Ted Reiter||MD||6||13/08/2005||Lewiston, Idaho, United States||57-56, 57-56, 58-58.|
|Loss||42-7||Billy "The Kid" Zumbrun||MD||6||14/11/2003||Seattle, Washington, United States||56-58, 56-58, 57-57.|
|Win||42-6||Chris Brown||KO||2||22/08/2003||Spokane, Washington, United States||Brown knocked out at 2:37 of the second round.|
|Loss||41-6||Jeff Pegues||TKO||5||09/12/1999||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States||Hipp suffered a severe knee injury during the fight causing a stoppage.|
|Win||41-5||Everett "Bigfoot" Martin||UD||12||25/06/1999||Saint Charles, Missouri, United States||WBF World Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||40-5||Jack Basting||UD||10||27/03/1998||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||39-5||George McFall||TKO||2||11/02/1998||Yakima, Washington, United States|
|Loss||38-5||Ross "The Boss" Puritty||KO||10||15/06/1997||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||38-4||Marcus "Big Tuna" Rhode||TKO||1||29/03/1997||Bellevue, Washington, United States|
|Win||37-4||Lorenzo Boyd||KO||1||10/03/1997||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Boyd knocked out at 2:45 of the first round.|
|Win||36-4||Will "Hammer" Hinton||TKO||1||13/12/1996||Tacoma, Washington, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the first round.|
|Win||35-4||Troy Roberts||KO||2||05/10/1996||Yakima, Washington, United States|
|Win||34-4||Fred Houpe||TKO||1||23/09/1996||Bellevue, Washington, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the first round.|
|Win||33-4||Bill Corrigan||KO||1||04/08/1996||Sequim, Washington, United States||Corrigan knocked out at 1:39 of the first round.|
|Win||32-4||Anthony "A.J." Moore||TKO||5||17/07/1996||Worley, Idaho, United States||Western States Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||31-4||Martin Jacques||TKO||1||15/12/1995||Yakima, Washington, United States|
|Loss||30-4||Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon||TKO||10||19/08/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBA World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:47 of the tenth round.|
|Win||30-3||Philipp Brown||TKO||3||17/04/1995||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||29-3||Rodolfo Marin||SD||10||01/11/1994||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||98-92, 96-94, 94-96.|
|Win||28-3||Jose "El Nino" Ribalta||KO||2||10/05/1994||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title. Ribalta knocked out at 1:53 of the second round.|
|Win||27-3||Alex Garcia||UD||12||01/03/1994||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title. 118-110, 120-108, 119-109.|
|Win||26-3||Keith "Sir Jabalot" McMurray||KO||4||14/01/1994||Saint George, Utah, United States||McMurray knocked out at 2:52 of the fourth round.|
|Win||25-3||Kevin Ford||UD||10||03/04/1993||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||99-91, 99-92, 98-93.|
|Loss||24-3||Tommy "The Duke" Morrison||TKO||9||27/06/1992||Reno, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:47 of the ninth round. Hipp suffered a broken cheekbone and Morrison suffered a broken hand and jaw.|
|Win||24-2||Jesse Shelby||UD||10||28/02/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||99-90, 97-93, 98-92.|
|Win||23-2||Kevin Ford||UD||8||01/02/1992||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||80-72, 79-72, 80-71.|
|Win||22-2||John "Big Red" Morton||KO||3||05/01/1992||Reno, Nevada, United States||Morton knocked out at 3:00 of the third round.|
|Loss||21-2||"Smokin" Bert Cooper||TKO||5||18/10/1991||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the fifth round.|
|Win||21-1||Cleveland Woods||KO||1||15/07/1991||Irvine, California, United States||Woods knocked out at 0:27 of the first round.|
|Win||20-1||Bill Duncan||KO||1||02/07/1991||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||19-1||David "Hand Grenade" Bey||TKO||7||26/02/1991||Birmingham, Alabama, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:07 of the seventh round.|
|Win||18-1||Mike Cohen||KO||4||14/01/1991||Fife, Washington, United States||World Boxing Foundation (WBFo) Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Cohen knocked out at 2:30 of the fourth round.|
|Win||17-1||Richard Cade||KO||2||16/11/1990||Fort Lewis, Washington, United States||Cade knocked out at 0:52 of the second round.|
|Win||16-1||Harry Terrell||KO||2||11/09/1990||Fife, Washington, United States||Terrell knocked out at 2:14 of the second round.|
|Win||15-1||Gerardo "Rocky" Valero||KO||1||26/07/1990||Yakima, Washington, United States||Valero knocked out at 3:04 of the first round.|
|Win||14-1||Tracy Thomas||UD||10||12/06/1990||Yakima, Washington, United States||100-88, 100-87, 99-89.|
|Win||13-1||Danny Wofford||PTS||6||24/04/1990||Reseda, California, United States|
|Win||12-1||Veti Katoa||KO||3||16/03/1990||Butte, Montana, United States|
|Win||11-1||Dan "The Boss" Ross||KO||1||12/02/1990||Butte, Montana, United States||Ross knocked out at 2:09 of the first round.|
|Win||10-1||Marvin Camel||TKO||6||02/12/1989||Lacey, Washington, United States|
|Win||9-1||"Irish" Sean McClain||TKO||4||26/09/1989||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-1||Shaun Ayers||UD||10||26/08/1989||Eugene, Oregon, United States||96-94, 98-93, 96-95.|
|Win||7-1||Cleveland Woods||UD||4||18/07/1989||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6-1||Andrew Matthews||TKO||1||04/07/1989||Gardnerville, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:34 of the first round.|
|Win||5-1||Veti Kotoa||UD||5||02/07/1988||Gardnerville, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-1||Steve Cortez||TKO||1||18/06/1988||Vancouver, Washington, United States|
|Win||3-1||Paul Bradshaw||TKO||1||04/06/1988||Albany, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2-1||John Elkins||TKO||1||02/06/1988||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||1-1||Veti Katoa||TKO||3||24/10/1987||Carson City, Nevada, United States||Doctor stopped the bout due to a broken jaw.|
|Win||1-0||Steve Cortez||UD||4||29/08/1987||Eugene, Oregon, United States|
Outside the Ring
In 2004, Rocky Mountain Community College and the Billings Writer's Voice sponsored a poetry reading held by various Native American groups in tribute to him.
In December 2005, Hipp was a FEMA worker for the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Responding to the call, he joined his fellow Blackfeet members who were called upon due to their experience in wildfires and search and rescue missions.
By 2007 Hipp was working for his former manager Ray Frye at a Seattle area sweeping company. He also co-owned a small construction company.
- Frank, Ph.D., Kelvin. "The Toughest Indian in the World’s Biggest Challenge". California Indian Education. Retrieved August 3, 2011.