“A lot of people say boxing is like a dying sport. That is all rubbish. That is so not true,” says 21-year-old Ali Walsh in a WBSS interview.
“I think boxing is in a great place right now. I think characters like Tyson Fury, Canelo, Teofimo Lopez, Lomachenko, Crawford. There are amazing athletes in boxing right now.
“So I would say boxing is in an amazing time. And there are so many up-and-coming athletes like Ryan Garcia, David Haney, ‘Tank’ Davis, these guys. There are so many great match-ups that could happen. So boxing is in a great place right now. I don’t know what people are talking about when they say otherwise.”
Women’s boxing is also getting praise from Nico Ali Walsh returning to action on the 23 October Shakur Stevenson-Jamel Herring undercard in Atlanta after his successful debut in August. Ali Walsh is the nephew of Laila Ali, widely regarded by many within the sport as one of the greatest female boxers of all time.
“I love women’s boxing. I love that women are given the opportunity to box. You got people like Mikaela Mayer – women’s boxing I would say is also in a great place right now.
“Claressa Shields is at the top of the game. I would say her and Mikaela. I think all of that was made possible, my aunt (Laila Ali) has a lot to do with it. I love the fact that big, big trophies and big accomplishments are being made in women’s boxing and for women’s boxing so definitely, I wanna tune in to that.”
Women’s super-featherweights will quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in Season III of the World Boxing Super Series. Announcement on the Season III roster and schedule will be made in due course, in the meantime check the new WBSS webpage and social channels for updates.
The World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) is a first-of-its-kind boxing tournament organised by WBSS AG since 2017. Each weight class features eight boxers competing in a knockout competition with the champion taking the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing.
Muhammad Ali Trophy winners:
Season I: Aleksandr Usyk (Cruiserweight), Callum Smith (Super-Middleweight)
Season II: Josh Taylor (Super-Lightweight), Naoya Inoue (Bantamweight), Mairis Briedis (Cruiserweight)