Professional Boxer and Actress Kali Reis nominated for an Indie Spirit Award – Best Female Lead

KALI REIS CATCH THE FAIR ONEKali “K.O” Mequinonoag Reis is the first mixed Native American Female World Champion Boxer and current WBA Super Lightweight Champion. Kali’s mixed background includes lineage from the Seaconke Wampanoag and Cherokee tribes as well as ancestry from the Cape Verde Islands.

On November 12, 2014 Reis won the IBA crown defeating Teresa Perozzi in Bermuda. This fight was extremely special to Reis due to the historical aspect surrounding her Wampanoag ancestors who were taken to Bermuda during the slave trade. In February of 2016, Kali gained another strap around her waist defeating New Mexico’s Victoria Cisneros in 30 seconds for the vacant UBF Middleweight World Title. On April 16, 2016 Reis won her first major world title in New Zealand against California’s Maricela Cornejo for the vacant Middleweight WBC World Title.

Reis has been working as a residential counselor for young girls since 2010 and uses boxing to help with coping skills. She currently works for St. Mary’s Home For Children in Rhode Island and has hopes of running her own “safe haven” for youth focusing on the rising suicide and obesity rates especially targeting the youth in Native Country. Her FIGHT 4 ALL NATIONS logo is something she describes as a reminder to herself and others as to why she continues to fight.

Written and directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka, from Academy Award winning producer Mollye Ashe and executive producer Darren Aronofsky, the film opens in select theaters, on digital platforms and VOD on February 11, 2022.