New Zealand Heavyweight boxer Alrie Meleisea is now ranked 6th in the World Boxing Association world rankings. This is a rarity for New Zealand boxers to reach this high in the rankings.
Meleisea first came onto the boxing scene in October 2016, where she took on top 10 ranked at the time Nailini Helu on 48 hours notice. She shocked the boxing community with a Split Decision win. Less than two weeks later Meleisea took on Kirsty Lupeamanu in Hamilton and against with a surprise winning the bout by Unanimous Decision.
Earlier this year Alrie Meleisea took on Nailini Helu in a rematch for the New Zealand (NZPBA version) & UBF Asia Pacific female heavyweight titles. The bout was close but again Meleisea won her first two boxing titles by Split decision.