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A First For Women’s World Boxing Super Series

T
he World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) have announced its first women’s tournament as it looks to broaden the sport for women at both grassroots and an elite level.

The tournament will feature eight fighters in the super-featherweight division, and will compete in a knockout format with the winner receiving the Muhammad Ali trophy.

WBSS CEO Andreas Benz said it is time to realise the dream of showcasing the best fighters in women’s boxing.

“In season I and II we delivered the best tournaments in men’s boxing, but it was always our dream to not only deliver the best tournament in men’s boxing but to prepare a worthy stage for women’s boxing and support these fantastic fighters too,” Benz said.

“It will be much more than the greatest women’s boxing tournament.

“We plan to strategically help to broaden women’s boxing, both at the grassroots and elite level, and develop a professional environment where talents and profiles can grow and legacies are born,” he said.

WBSS chief boxing officer, Kalle Sauerland, added that having a women’s competition was something the WBSS had been discussing since its inauguration.

“The super featherweights we feel is a division that has such depth and also allows those in the divisions around it to take part,” Sauerland said.

“Women’s boxing goes back to a time where it was banned, to times where it was non-existing, [and] is a male-dominated sport.

“It goes back to fighting for places on cards to get any sort of attention.

“The sport is an amazing place [and] competition is hotter than ever.

“We feel that this is the time, the right time… women’s boxing has never been this good,” he said.

Previous WBSS winners include Aleksander Usyk, Callum Smith, Josh Taylor, Naoya Inoue and Mairis Briedis.

The Women’s Super-Featherweight tournament will be the sixth edition of the WBSS with the fighters yet to be announced.