Laila Ali is an actor and TV show host from the United States. She used to be a professional boxer. She is best known for being the daughter of Muhammad Ali, but she has also done well as a professional fighter and in the media.
During her eight-year professional career, Ali became known as one of the best female boxers in the world. She won several tournaments and ended her career without a loss.
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Laila Amaria Ali was born in Miami Beach, Florida, on December 30, 1977. She was born to Muhammad Ali and his third wife, Veronica Porché Ali. She worked as a manicurist for the first time when she was 16 years old.
After high school, Ali went to California Santa Monica College and got a business degree. She had her own nail salon before she became a professional boxer after seeing a women’s fight before a Mike Tyson fight.
When Laila Ali told her father that she wanted to be a boxer, she didn’t get the response she was hoping for. The older Ali told her that she had chosen a “Dangerous Job,” which made him unhappy, but she didn’t listen to him and went ahead with her plan.
Laila Ali is a former professional boxer from the United States who is worth $10 million. Laila is probably best known for being the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, but she has also done well on her own as a TV personality and professional boxer.
Career in Boxing
Laila began boxing when she was 18 years old. She told Diane Sawyer on an episode of “Good Morning America” that she wanted to become a professional boxer. At first, she was inspired by Christy Martin.
Even though her father eventually agreed with her choice, he was worried about her safety at first. In 1999, she played April Fowler in her first real match. Under normal circumstances, not many people would have cared about the fight.
But because Laila was Muhammad Ali’s daughter, the story got a lot of attention. Laila knocked out Fowler, giving her her first win. Against Shadina Pennybaker, she won with a TKO. Ali won nine straight fights in the end.
This helped her get a lot of fans, and many of them wanted her to fight Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, who is the daughter of Joe Frazier. Fans finally got what they wanted in 2001 when the two boxing daughters fought each other.
Ali won by a majority vote, even though both women were hurt very badly. Ali had a broken collarbone and a bloody nose when he left the ring. The match was seen as a big step forward for women’s boxing, and it was the first time two women fought in the main event of a pay-per-view match.
Ali then took a year off and beat fighters like Shirvelle Williams and Suzette Taylor when he came back in 2002. Later that year, she beat world champion Valier Mahfood and kept the IBA title. She also got the WIBA and IWBF belts.
Ali and Mahfood fought each other again, and the same thing happened. During this second fight, however, Laila got hurt badly, including a deep cut on her eyelid and a bloody nose.
Christy Martin was the person who made Laila want to become a professional boxer. They fought in 2003. In the fourth round, she knocked out her idol. In 2004, Laila knocked out Nikki Eplion again, which let her keep the world title.
Later in 2004, Ali fought and beat Monica Nunez. He then beat Gwendolyn O’Neil to win the IWBF Light Heavyweight title. She once again won the second fight with a knockout. In 2005, there were more wins.
First, she used a TKO in the eighth round to beat Cassandra Ceiggar. Next, she beat her bitter rival Erin Toughill and won the World Boxing Council title by stopping the fight in the third round.
After Toughill made fun of Ali’s father, Laila said she would “punish” him. Ali finally beat Sa Sandell by knocking him out in the fifth round. Laila’s career had started to slow down by 2006. She started by saying she would go on a world tour and fight Ann Wolfe again, but the fight never happened.
She instead fought Selley Burton that year and won by TKO in the fourth round. In 2007, she fought Gwendolyn O’Neil again in South Africa and won with a TKO in the first round. At the end of her career, she had 24 wins, no losses, and no ties.
Out of her 24 wins, 21 were by knockout and 3 were by decision.
Laila has had a successful career in entertainment outside of acting. In 2000, she was in an episode of “Jersey,” which was one of her first roles. Shows like “One on One,” “The George Lopez Show,” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” all had her on them again.
Laila became even better known after she took part in season four of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007. Ali came in third place, even though she had never danced before.
In 2008, she and Hulk Hogan both hosted “American Gladiators.” This led to her appearing on “Celebrity Family Feud” again. In the second half of 2008, she became a correspondent for “The Early Show.”
Over the next few years, Laila appeared on shows like “The N’s Student Body,” “Yo Gabba Gabba!,” “Everyday Health,” “Stars Earn Stripes,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Fashion Police,” “Celebrity Wife Swap,” and “Chopped: All Stars.”
In 2013, she started hosting “All In with Laila Ali,” her own show on CBS. The FYI network’s “Late Night Chef Fight” gave him another job as a host. She was in a movie called “Falcon Rising” in 2014.
Ali has been in “The Masked Singer” and voiced herself in an episode of “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” after being on “The New Celebrity Apprentice.”
From 2000 through 2005, Laila was wed to boxer Johnny McClain. In 2007, she married Curtis Conway, who used to play for the NFL. Together, they have two girls.