|Birth Place||Providence, RI|
|Pro Record||13-6-1 4KO|
Kali “KO” MEQUINONOAG Reis was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on August 24, 1986 and is the youngest of five children whom she is VERY close with. Reis and her siblings were raised in a single parent household. Kali (Kay-Lee) has a mixed heritage of Native American as well as Cape Verdian. Being of Cherokee, Nipmuc, and Seaconke Wampanoag ancestry, She is a proud mixed Native warrior woman. Reis was a very athletic child often playing rough with the neighborhood boys and involved with various sports like basketball softball & volleyball. She wanted to be just like her big brothers Aaron and Andrew whom she followed around daily. From childhood she attended and competed in powwows with her mother (who is currently the Medicine woman of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe) regularly staying deeply rooted in her Native roots and traditions.
Her father didn’t play a consistent roll which led to struggles in her life. At age 12 she was “taken advantage of” by a boy in her neighborhood. This was the official start to an avalanche of anger, shame and confusion. At age 14 she picked up boxing, and began to be coached by a friend of her mother’s Domingo Tall Dog. Kali later found Manfredo’s gym in Pawtucket Rhode Island owned by Peter Manfredo and began to take things serious. She later went to school for criminal justice in 2004-2005.
After competing in more than a dozen sanctioned and unsanctioned matches as an amateur and earning a few local AM titles (rocky Marciano Champ 2007, New England Reginal Champ 2008), Kali turned pro in Sept 2008 at age 21; But she only had one bout in each of her first three years in the professional ranks. With no management or promotion, she did the business end of things on her own. Reis stated, “I haven’t been as busy as I wanted to be.” She earned a degree as a Motorcycle/Small Engines Technician MTTI in May of 2012. On August 24 2012, Kali was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which put her out for the boxing completely for a over a year, but she returned in 2013. Kali returned to the boxing scene for her first ever title fight for the WIBA title in November 2013, but ring rust got Virginia’s Tori Nelson the win defending her Women’s International Boxing Association crown. Through the fight Reis gained a lot of respect in the sport. Kali stayed busy and On November 21, 2014 Reis won the IBA crown defeating Teresa Perozzi in Bermuda.
Kali won the UBF Middleweight world title in February 2016 in her hometown of providence RI. On April 16 2016, missing her Mothers wedding back home She won her first major world title in New Zealand against Maricela Cornejo for the vacant WBC World Middleweight crown. November of 2016 Reis was informed by the World Boxing Council she had to defend her WBC title against her “mandatory” opponent ChriStina Hammer in her home country of Germany or be stripped of her title. Being the road warrior that she is, Kali didn’t bat an eyelash and headed half way around the world to defend what she fought so hard to earn. The end result crowned Hammer the victor.
Kali trains out of Big Six boxing academy with Dr. Roland Estrada; father of 2004 Olympian Heavy Weight Jason Estrada, as well as Mike VeLoz (trainer of Demitrius “Boo Boo” Andrade) and is now managed by Brian CoHen. She has more opportunities to fight and someone else to help her make her next moves in her boxing career. Up until this point she has done EVERYTHING on her own and has not backed down from anyone.
Family and culture is extremely important to Kali. She recently lost her older brother Drew to a 12 year battle with brain cancer. She states that she wants to honor her brother by carrying on his courageous fighting spirit thru her career in boxing. Kali coaches boxing to youth/adults at Big Six Boxing Academy and works as a residential counselor for teenage girls at St Marys Home for Children in North Providence. She is dedicating This fight on November 25 to a friend and fallen warrior who recently crossed over Nakea Gumbs-Perry of the Shinnecock & Narragansett Tribal Nations during Native American Heritage Month.