Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wyatt Hanson of team Billings Elite trades blows with Kao Otsuka of team H-Town during Saturday’s Boxing On the Bighorn event hosted by the Billings Elite Amateur Boxing Club.

Amateur boxing arrives in Crow Agency

Members and directors of the Billings Elite Amateur Boxing Club arrived in Crow Agency Saturday to host and participate in the Boxing On the Bighorn event, which featured amateur athletes as young as eight years old.
Amateur boxing follows the USA boxing and AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) rules, customized to younger and inexperienced athletes.
“Our goal is to have a positive impact in the youth and community by teaching the fundamentals of the sport of boxing,” the organization’s Facebook page states.
With efforts to revive boxing in Montana, the organization promotes and hosts boxing events for athletes and teams around the state.
“I’ve been doing this as a coach to try and get boxing back into Montana,” said Head Coach Stewart Strever of Billings. “We hope to get some national champions and maybe one day send a kid to the Olympics.”
Boxers compete through the ranks in local, state and national levels. Teams from regions including Canada, Montana and North Dakota gather for competition and a display of skill and growth.
Last year, the organization took three Crow athletes to the National Junior Olympics. Crow Agency’s Destiny Small also finished second in her bracket.
“We’re hoping to help start a team in Crow,” Strever said. “There are a couple people expressing interest of wanting to start a team here.” 
“It’ll give the kids something to do, so that’s why we’re here. We want to try to make it happen.”
On Dec. 17, a Silver Glove state competition will be held for athletes 15 and younger. Following the Silver Gloves is regional competition and nationals. Boxers 16 and older can also compete in the Golden Gloves competition in February.
For more information or to sign up, call (406) 647-4001 or visit the Billings Elite Amateur Boxing Facebook page.