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Joe "The Boss" Hipp (born December 7, 1962) is a retired professional Native American heavyweight boxer. A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, he became the first Native American to challenge for a world heavyweight boxing championship on August 19, 1995 when he fought WBA champion Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In May 2009, he was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.
|Born||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|
last updated on: October 17, 2009
Hipp began his professional career with a 4-round decision 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 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 a first-round stoppage. 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 Cooper's final bout prior to his fight with Evander Holyfield for the world title one month later. Cooper outslugged Hipp en route to a fifth-round stoppage by referee Joe Cortez.
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 one of his hands, Hipp lost by a 9th-round TKO, resulting in broken cheekbones for Hipp. After recovering from his injuries, Hipp fought once in 1993, earning a victory with a ten-round decision in a rematch with Kevin Ford.
Hipp began 1994 with a victory over Alex Garcia for the fringe NABF heavyweight title and finished the year with two more wins. He began the following year by continuing his winning ways with a third-round TKO of journeyman Phillip Brown. This win would lead to Hipp's most important bout, the fight that would land him in the history books as the first Native American to challenge for one of the four recognized heavyweight title belts.
WBA Heavyweight Title BoutEdit
On August 19, 1995 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the undercard of 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. With Seldon well ahead on all scorecards, the fight was stopped in the tenth round by referee Richard Steele after Hipp experienced massive swelling and bleeding on his face.
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 Puritty in the last round and he suffered his first KO defeat. Hipp racked up three consecutive victories against nondescript competition after the Puritty fight, but then blew out his knee against Jeff Pegues in a fifth-round TKO loss on December 9, 1999.
He attempted a comeback four years later, but that came to an abrupt end in his second fight 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 layoff to win a six-round decision over Ted Reiter on August 13, 2005, in what was his final fight.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|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 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 RingEdit
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 Hipp.
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.