Ali's daughter invited to fight for fire victims
THE all-time pioneer of women's boxing in Australia, Sharon “Wild Thing” Anyos, has congratulated former Gold Coaster Kina Malpartida on winning the WBA world super featherweight title, and announced that her team has sent a proposal to the camp of She Bee Stingin' Laila Ali, for a catchweight super fight later this year.
The stunning Sharon, 38, who was recently baptised at Robina's Christian City Church, remains the bench mark of Australian female fighters and is back in training after a lengthy break due to the birth of twin boys Jai and Cruz 16 months ago.
“Good on her (Kina).
“To win the title on a TV card at Madison Square Garden, hopefully it can lift her profile and get women's boxing bigger here.
“I looked at her record, losing her previous two fights.
“Her opponent (Maureen Shea, 13-0) obviously had been built up and didn't give her the respect she should have.”
Anyos, a pro boxer from 1998, last fought in February, 2007.
She has a 14-3 win-loss slate, fighting in the USA, Japan, England and NZ, claiming WIBA and WBF world titles against top opponents before capturing the WBC featherweight belt at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on October 22, 2005, by defeating Argentine glamour Marcela Acuna (19-4 at the time).
Acuna has since won her last 12 fights and is WBA/WBC world super bantamweight champion.
Regarding an Ali showdown, she says: “Hopefully it will come off.”
“We want to get a great promotion going, do something special, help the bushfires appeal, and there is no bigger name than her.”
Laila, 31, youngest daughter of “The Greatest” has a 24-zip unbeaten record and has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight.
Ali last fought in 2007 also, but weighed 168 lb (76 kg) compared to Anyos' 129 lb (59 kg).
They will meet at an in-between weight to be decided.