Kertis Mingo participated in his first amateur boxing tournament with a win in 1980. After that he picked up another 14 championships and along the way represented the Carolinas in several regional, national and international events. Mingo was a middleweight with an abundance of ring savvy. He was a stylist in the ring and a heavy hitter. Mingo won the Carolinas Golden Gloves four times. He was the N.C. State ABF champion in 1983 at 156 pounds and the New Jersey State ABF runner-up in 1985.
Mingo is now employed in the landscaping business.