Laila Ali

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Laila Ali (born December 30, 1977) is a former professional boxer. She is the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his third wife Veronica Porsche Ali. Laila has a total of eight brothers and sisters. She has six sisters, whose names are (half-sisters) Rasheeda, Jamilla, Maryum, Miya, Khalilah and older sister Hana (born March 27, 1976 to Ali and mother Veronica), an author and poet. Her two brothers are half-brothers Muhammed, Jr. and Asaad. Laila is the most successful out of all of her siblings. But her parents had very successful careers as well. Laila's father, Muhammad Ali, is a retired three-time world heavyweight boxing champion. Laila's mother, Veronica Porsche Ali, is a former model.

Ali has a degree in business from Santa Monica College and previously owned a Balloon and Halloween mask shop in California before becoming a boxer. She is 5' 10"  (1.78 m), with a reach of 70.4" , and weighs around 160 lbs US cosmetics company International Beauty Brands has launched a line of cosmetics and haircare products using Laila Ali's name.[2] When Laila had the hair products in mind she wanted a product that would be healthly for African American women. The products are made in the USA and although the shampoos and conditioners are more for African American type hair, anyone can use the products.

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Boxing career

Laila Ali began her boxing career when she was 15 years old. When she first noticed women's boxing she was watching a Christy Martin fight. She first came out about the news on the morning show Good Morning America when interviewing with Diane Sawyer. On the show Ali quoted "I've been contemplating doing it since I was 18, ever since I found out that women boxed". When Laila first told her father, Muhammad Ali, that she was planning on pursing a boxing career he was not happy about her going into such a dangerous profession. But Laila explained to her father that she was going to box whether he liked it or not and that she was going to be very careful when she is in the ring. In her first match, on December 8, 1999, she boxed April Fowler of Michigan City, Indiana. They fought at the Turning Stone Casino Convention Center on the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, New York. Although this was Laila's first match many media and fans were there, the main reason being because she is Muhammad Ali's daughter. Ali knocked out April Fowler in the first round. Ali also won her second match by a TKO with only 3 seconds left on the clock. In that match her opponent was Shadina Pennybaker who is from Pittsburgh. They fought at the Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, West Virginia. Laila ran off eight wins in a row and many boxing fans started talking about wanting to see her square off in a boxing ring with George Foreman's daughter, Freeda Foreman, or Joe Frazier's daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lyde. On the evening of June 8, 2001, Ali and Frazier finally met. The fight was nicknamed Ali/Frazier IV in allusion to their fathers' famous fight trilogy. Ali won by a majority judges' decision in eight rounds. This match by Ali and Frazier was the first pay-for-view match by between two black women. During that match, Joe Frazier, Jackie Frazier's father, was there to watch his daughter fight. Muhammad Ali, Laila's father, was not there but her mother Veronica Ali was present to watch the fight.

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