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Laila Ali

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Laila Ali (born December 30, 1977 in Miami Beach) is the daughter of Muhammad Ali and his third wife Veronica Porsche Ali. She was their second child and is the most famous of the nine children born to Muhammad Ali. She is a professional boxer.

Ali has a degree in business from Santa Monica College and previously owned a nail salon in California before becoming a boxer. She is 5' 10" tall, with a reach of 70.5", and weighs around 175 pounds.

Ali won by a majority judges' decision in eight rounds. She then took off almost one year. On June 7, 2002 (364 days later), she beat Shirvelle Williams by a six-round decision. She won the IBA title with a two-round knockout of Suzette Taylor on August 17 at Las Vegas. On November 9, she retained that title and added the WIBA and IWBF belts by unifying the crown with an eight-round knockout win over her division's other world champion, Valerie Mahfood in Las Vegas.

Ali was to begin 2004 by fighting Gwendolyn O'Neil of Guyana at Abuja, Nigeria. The fight was canceled, however, when Ali's camp learned no airline had flights scheduled to Nigeria on the date she wanted to arrive there.

On July 17 of that year, she retained her world title, knocking out Nikki Eplion in four rounds. Ali dropped Eplion four times before the fight was stopped.

Thirteen days later, she stopped Monica Nunez in nine rounds, in her father's native city of Louisville. This fight was part of the undercard for the fight in which Mike Tyson was surprisingly knocked out by fringe contender Danny Williams

On September 24, 2004, she added the IWBF Light Heavyweight title to her resume by beating O'Neil (whom she had canceled a fight against) by a knockout in three rounds, at Atlanta, Georgia.

Returning to Atlanta on February 11, 2005, Laila Ali scored a commanding and decisive eighth round technical knockout over Cassandra Geigger in a ten-round fight.

Came the big night, Toughill realized, from round one, that Ali's anger towards her was very real. She also discovered, too late, that Laila's hand speed was too much for her to endure, and from round one, Laila punished Toughill, Erin was pounded on the face and body with quick, lightning shots. By the time the third round came, Erin's face was bleeding profusely, and her clothes carried stains of blood. Laila finished her brutalization of the battered Erin by landind, on Erin's face, approximately 20 consecutive punches, before referee Joseph Cooper stepped in to end the fight.The Laila Ali - Erin Toughill match is considered one of the most brutal, violent female to female fights ever.

On December 17, 2005, in Berlin, Laila fought and defeated ├ůsa Sandell by TKO in the fifth round, marking her 22nd win. The decision was heavily disputed however, and the audience booed Ali during her post-fight interview.

While a guest on Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith on June 7, 2006, Ali announced that she would be making a world tour, and said that she was looking forward to fighting Ann Wolfe on an October 2006 date. The fight with Ann Wolfe never materialized. Instead, on November 11, 2006, Ali fought and defeated Shelley Burton by TKO in the fourth round.

On February 3, 2007 in Johannesburg, Ali retained her WBC and WIBA super middleweight world titles, knocking out Gwendolyn O'Neil at 56 seconds of the first round. Ali headlined the first women's professional boxing match in South Africa. She improved to 24-0 with 21 knockouts



 


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