Laila Ali headlines 2018 class for Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame

Laila Ali, considered by many to be the best women's boxer in history, was one of 14 selected to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Ali, the daughter of the late, great Muhammad Ali, is the first child of a Nevada Boxing Hall of Famer to also be selected. Muhammad Ali, the former three-time heavyweight world champion, was inducted in 2015.

"I am so excited about our latest class, because not only do we get to honor some of the greatest boxers ever, but also because of the historic connection between Muhammad Ali and his daughter Laila," said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, the CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and widow of former junior lightweight and lightweight world champion Diego Corrales, who was inducted in the 2013 inaugural class. "Just like her father, who was known as 'The Greatest,' Laila was believed by many to be the best female boxer during her career."

Laila Ali (24-0, 21 KOs) boxed from 1999 to 2007 and held various world titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight.

Sen. Harry Reid, a former amateur boxer and a big boxing fan who represented Nevada in the United States Senate from 1987 to 2017 (eight as the majority leader), is also part of the 2018 class.

"Sen. Reid was a boxer himself, and loved the sport and used his influence over the years to help boxing and boxers in his beloved State of Nevada," Corrales-Lewis said. "We can't wait for our fans to be able to see these great people receive recognition for their amazing careers."

The other living inductees are former two-time heavyweight titlist Chris Byrd, who lived for several years in Las Vegas; Top Rank promoter Todd duBoef, a lifelong Las Vegas resident; former featherweight titlist and Las Vegas resident Kevin Kelley; Don Minor, a popular Las Vegas fighter in the 1960s; former three-division world champion Shane Mosley, who had many big fights in Las Vegas; longtime Nevada boxing judge Jerry Roth; and former 1970s heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers.

Five members will be inducted posthumously: former three-division champion Alexis Arguello; former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor, who famously defeated Arguello twice; all-time great Henry Armstrong, who once simultaneously held the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight world titles in an era when there were only eight weight classes; Jack "Doc" Kearns, who was best known as the manager for former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and helped arrange the first fight ever in Las Vegas; and Bill Miller, one of the top promoters in Las Vegas in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Class of 2018 will be inducted at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame annual gala on Aug. 18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.