Laila Ali vs Jacqui Frazier "The Battle Of The Daughters" oversized advertising postcard SIGNED by "She Bee Stingin" Laila Ali. 8th June 2001, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York. Measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Ali W majority decision over 8 rounds
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Laila Ali IBA, WIBA and IWBF Super Middleweight Champion
If bloodlines mean anything, Laila Ali has not only gone to the top of her sport, she has done so while putting on quite a show. Laila is the youngest daughter of the legendary former Heavyweight Champion of the World and Humanitarian, Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porsche Anderson.
Laila, a multi talented entrepreneur, owned and operated a nail salon in California. Professional fighting is a major departure for Laila who was on her way to the University of Southern California Business School, via Santa Monica College where she earned her degree in Business Management. After watching women's boxing on television for the first time, Laila instantly wanted to become a boxer. About a year later, she sold her business and started training to become a professional fighter.
Laila made her professional boxing debut on October 8, 1999 with a 31 second 1st round knockout of her opponent, April Fowler. She went on to win the next seven bouts with a string of knockouts before facing a tough Kendra Lendhart.
October 2000, Laila fought Lenhart, who was the current champion and won by a unanimous decision.
March 2, 2001, Laila and Jackie Frazier fought on the same fight card to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their father's first fight.
May 3, 2001. Laila was impressive with a 5th round TKO win over Christina Robinson. Robinson who went 5 rounds with Christy Martin, was no match the high-pressure attack of Laila.
June 8, 2001 Laila Ali fought Jackie Frazier in front of a sold-out crowd of over 8000. Laila won a unanimous decision. The fight was reminiscent of their dads because the daughters fought to the end.
After successful shoulder surgery, Laila stepped back into the ring June 7 to defeat Shirvelle Williams in a 6 round TKO.
August 17, 2002 Laila Ali takes her first belt in the second round. Her opponent Suzy Taylor never had a chance. That night at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas - Laila raised her hands as the new IBA super middleweight champion.
November 8, 2002 at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Laila Ali captures the WIBA and the IWBF supper middleweight titles after Valerie Mahfood forced referee Joe Cortez to halt the action at 1:14 of round eight.
February 14th, 2003 defends her belt against Mary Ann Almager a veteran of 10 years. Laila's dominance was felt from the first bell, till the 4th round of the TKO. Almager's body could no longer handle the punishment Laila was administering.
June 20, 2003 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Laila defends her title against second time opponent Mahfood. Ali dominated Mahfood once again in a rematch of their Nov. 8 fight. Referee David Mendoza stopped it at 1:17 of the sixth round after Ali was landing punches freely and Mahfood was unable to defend herself.
On August 23rd, in Biloxi Mississippi, Laila stopped veteran fighter Christy Martin "The Coal Miner's Daughter" in the fourth round of their highly anticipated bout. Martin was thought of to be the best "pound for pound" female fighter in the sport. Before 10,000 fans, Laila easily dominated her in every round. She gave Christy the worst beating she had ever experienced and put her on the canvas for the first time in 50 professional bouts.
July 17th, 2004 at the Bowie Baysox Stadium in Washington DC, Laila Executes a 4th Round TKO.
July 30, 2004 in Louisville Kentucky, less than two weeks after defeating Nikki Eplion Laila forces Monica Nunez’s corner to throw in the towel in this 9th round TKO. Laila retains her IWBF Super Middleweight title.
September 24, 2004 Laila move’s to Light Heavyweight and gains the IWBF women’s title by knocking out Gwendolyn O’Neil at the end of the 3rd round.
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.
On June 11, 2005, on the undercard to the Tyson-Kevin McBride fight, Laila Ali pounded Erin Toughill into submission in round three to remain undefeated, and won the World Boxing Council title in addition to defending her WIBA crown. She was the second woman to win a WBC title (Jackie Nava was the first).
On December 17, 2005, in Berlin, Laila fought and defeated Åsa 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
Ali was supposed to fight O’Neil again in Cape Town, on August 5, 2006, but she pulled out amid allegations of fraud. In addition, the local promoter couldn't raise the final $325,000 installment of her $525,000 purse. The South African government is investigating the fraud allegations, according to an exposé in the Cape Times.
Laila did fight O'Neil in February 2007, knocking her out in the first round.
Laila has been said to be the best and most recognized female fighter in the world today. Like her father, the 5'10" Ali has quick feet, a stiff jab and natural self confidence. Laila is living up to the hype successfully with international recognition and an undefeated record.