If you compiled all the various lists of the things happy families are said to do, boxing probably wouldn’t be near the top, if at all.
For a family in Euless, however, boxing is not merely one of those things, it is their thing.
In what is likely the first time in the Fort Worth Regional Golden Gloves tournament’s 81 years, a mother is joining her children this as a competitor at the annual fight game festival at the Will Rogers Center.
Roosa Jones-Mitchell, 31, will make her Gloves debut in a 125-pound women’s novice bout on Saturday. Her 11-year- old daughter Amiyah Johnson will box for the first time on Friday. Another daughter, Zechariah, 13, entered the tournament but didn’t get a fight.
Son Kayden, a 74-pounder, will step between the ropes on Saturday in a bantam novice division for 9- and 10-year-olds.
Son Jahmir, a 52-pounder, kicked it off for the family on Thursday, also in a bantam novice bout for 9- and 10-year-olds.
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“I wanted something for the whole family to do,” said Roosa (pronounced “Rosa”). “Something everybody can do. I already trained them in Jeet Kune Do first … they seemed pretty natural. So, I said, ‘let’s get into boxing.’
If you have gotten this far and were wondering, that also means husband and dad Bobby Mitchell, 35. He has an appointment with a surgeon first for hernia repair, but he insisted he will be here next year to round out the family’s table at the banquet.
In the meantime, he’ll be sweating it out with nervous anxiety as his family is featured under the ring lights at the Watt Arena. The event continues through Saturday. The fight card starts at 7 p.m.
Twenty-six bouts are scheduled, including six in the men’s open. Winners of those divisions on Saturday advance to the state tournament next week in Fort Worth.
In Bobby’s arms was a fifth Mitchell, Iijah, very, very new to the world, though, Roosa insisted, laughing, “he’s already punching the bag. He’s already 1-2- 1-2 … he’s slapping.”
“I enjoy it because I have fun with it, too,” Bobby said. “I wish I could have participated, but I have fun, the kids have fun, and they’re busy with something to do.”
It’s no doubt also a useful way for siblings to remedy moments of chippiness.
Roosa is a hair stylist, catering to mixed martial arts crowd and, really, anybody involved in strenuous physical activity. Those who need to keep their hair up.
Her shop is inside the gym where the family trains, Power House Training Facility.
Roosa has been involved with Jeet Kune Do, the martial art that Bruce Lee made famous. Lee, himself, said that trying to “attempt to crystalize Jeet Kune Do into a written article is no easy task.”
So this writer won’t make any such attempt, either, other than to suggest “Enter the Dragon” through a streaming service or the old-fashioned way, the local public library.
They still have those.
Jahmir fell a little short on Thursday in the first bout of his life. A judges’ decision went the way of his opponent, Giovanni Oliva.
“I actually feel a lot better,” Jahmir said. “I was nervous before.”
Though disappointed outcome, he assured a passerby that planned to get back in the ring as soon as Friday.
In the moment, he had forgotten that he has three bouts to watch first.
“This is actually the first time they’ve had a sense of pride in themselves,” Roosa said. “This is something I can compete in and it’s all them, all myself. They can say, ‘I worked hard at this. No one can take this away from me.’
“It’s a very liberating experience for them. For me and for them.”
55 pounds (9-10): Giovanni Oliva d. Jahmir Johnson, dec.
60 pounds (8-9): Veshawn Long d. Leon Bonilla, dec.
65 pounds (9-10): Maricelo Aguila d. Prince Nimo, dec.
70 pounds (9-10): Kayson Megal Jones d. Reymundo Rangel, dec.
80 pounds (10): Mesiah Nimo d. Hernesto Mejia, dec.
75 pounds (11-12): Dasea Garcia d. Faustino Davila, disqualification.
75 pounds (11-12): Mazen Eid d. Jack Damphousse, dec.
101 pounds (11-12): Alejandro Velazquez d. Nicholas Cortez, dec.
65 pounds (11-12): Jason Esparza d. Briley Garrett, dec.
90 pounds (11-12): Israel Villegas d. Christian Cantu, dec.
125 pounds (13-14): Brandon Click d. Francisco Ramirez, dec.
138 pounds (13-14): Gabriel Gonzalez d. Israel Perez, dec.
106 pounds (13-14): Emmanuel Carrillo d. David Uribe, dec.
110 pounds (13-14): Joseph Almajdi d. Francisco Castro, dec.
114 pounds (13-14): Nathan Ortega d. Pedro Castro, dec.
114 pounds (15-16): Chance Salazar d. Angel Valdez, dec.
119 pounds (15-16): Kwame Nimo d. Carlos Galindo, dec.
132 pounds (15-16): Mateus Deliberato d. Phil Hanley, dec.
145 pounds (16-17): Zaine Marquez d. Brayan Martinez, dec.
132 pounds: Dearon Bursey d. Andrew Davis, dec.; Manuel Ochoa d. Taylor Hill, RSF
141 pounds: Juan Renteria d. Jordan Salinas, dec; Jherion Levesque d. Michael Karr, dec.
70 pounds (8-9): Isaiah Blanco vs. Isaac Sanchez.
85 pounds (9-10): Isaiah Adams vs. Ty Guerra.
80 pounds (11-12): Angel Garza vs. Gabriel Bachert.
90 pounds (11-12): Alexander Veliz vs. Jeremiah Trevino.
90 pounds (12): Nestor Mejia vs. Israel Villegas.
101 pound (13-14): Emanuel Moreno vs. Jesus Zamarripa.
154 pounds (15-16): Jolan Demeu Lemester vs. Jake Reynolds.
110 pounds (15-16): German Lopez vs. Adrian Ortega.
165 pounds (15-16): Clayton Kracy vs. Jeremiah Santos.
80 pounds (11-12): Amiyah Johnson vs. Kayleigh Wadsworth.
90 pounds (11-12): Mia Perez vs. Savina Gonzales.
123 pounds: Jacob James vs. Jmaure Booth; Carlos Pena vs. Vicenzo Ramos.
132: Dearon Bursey vs. Jordan Carranza.
152 pounds: Luis Pastrania vs. Jason Chambers; Josue Carreon vs. Christian Raney.
165 pounds: Juan Carlos DeLeon vs. Darren Whitney; Tyler Hoselton vs. Jacob
201 pounds: Theodore Perez vs. Juan Nino; Cesar Gomez vs. Dekedrian Turner.
123 pounds semifinals: Eusebio Maldonado vs. Jordan Najar.
141 pounds semifinals: Manuel Herrera vs. Gary Hampton.
165 pounds semifinals: Octavious Williams vs. Chaudrion Hughes; Quran Burton vs.
178 pounds semifinals: Tevin Watson vs. Tony Lamarr; D’Andre Walker vs. Jurgen