Kali Reis loses the gloves in acting debut to recover her missing sister in crime/thriller Catch the Fair One
For all of boxing’s challenges with television ratings, compared to the National Football League, the sweet science’s output on the silver screen easily outpaces football. Movies featuring boxing and football are released at about the same rate. But for every Any Given Sunday or The Program there’s the Oscar-winning Rocky… and well that argument’s over.
This weekend Kali “K.O. Mequinonoag” Reis, the current WBA and WBO Super Lightweight champion, makes her debut as a leading actress in a new film called Catch the Fair One. The Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award winner opened February 11 in over 30 select theaters across the country.
Over the past several years K.O., as she’s also known, has used her ring appearances to champion the myriad issues that are disproportionately affecting the native American community that represents half of her ancestry. In the movie Reis plays a former champion boxer who goes on a search for her missing sister.
The two-division champion has a writing credit as the story’s creator, and the crime thriller is directed by the screenplay’s scribe Josef Kubota Wladyka. Joining Reis are Ozark’s Lisa Emery (the notorious “Darlene”), Kimberly Guerrero, and Kevin Dunn.
The film’s runtime is 85 minutes, and you can check out the official trailer below.
In the ring, 35-year old Reis (19-7-1, 5 KOs) out-battled Canada’s Jessica Camara back in November to claim the vacant WBO 140-pound title to become one of the division’s two unified champions. That fight was part of DAZN’s women’s boxing “Final Four”, which is expected to culminate in an undisputed championship bout against WBC/IBF champion Chantelle Cameron at some point in 2022.
The UK’s Cameron (15-0, 8 KOs) unanimously decisioned former IBF champion Mary “Merciless” McGee of Gary, Indiana in October at London’s O2 Arena.
All photos by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing