In a year when Nicola Adams made history at the Commonwealth Games and Katie Taylor firmly underlined her name in the record books, Michaela Walsh is a surprise winner of this poll of our online readers. Walsh emerged as a rival to Adams at the Commonwealth Games. She reached the final, put in a fiery challenge but Adams prevailed. Michaela rose to 54kgs for the World championships but lost a split decision to Azerbaijan’s Anna Alimardanova.
by Matt Christie
Matt Christie has been hooked on boxing since he picked up a copy of <em>A Pictorial History of Boxing</em> in 1985 as a seven-year-old. He worked as producer of KOTV from 2006 until he joined <em>Boxing News</em> in 2010. He has been honoured by the Sports Journalists’ Association and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2017 he won the Sam Kellerman Media Award in New York and The Reg Gutteridge Annual Award in London two years later. He has also written about boxing for <em>The Guardian</em> and the <em>Daily Mirror</em> and has been used by the BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport, HBO Boxing and Talk Sport as a boxing analyst. He has been the editor of <em>Boxing News</em> since 2015.More From This Author
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