Born: Dec. 30, 1977
Born Laila Amaria Ali on December 30, 1977 in Miami Beach, FL.
The daughter of iconic three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, she followed her famous father’s footsteps into the prize ring and turned professional to much fanfare in 1999, stopping April Fowler in one round. Ali fought often and, with a record of 9-0, defeated Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, the daughter of Joe Frazier, via majority decision in June 2001 in the first pay-per-view headlined by women. In 2002 Ali stopped Suzette Taylor (TKO 2) to win the vacant IBA super middleweight title and added the IWBF and WIBA titles in her next bout, an 8th round TKO over Valerie Mahfood. In 2004 she stopped Gwendolyn O’Neil in three rounds for the IWBF light heavyweight belt. She added the WBC super middleweight title to her resume in 2005 with a third round TKO over Erin Toughill. Following a first round stoppage of O’Neil in a rematch, Ali retired from the ring with an undefeated record of 24-0 (21 KOs) that includes a 2003 win over Christy Martin. The 5’10” Ali utilized athleticism, a precise jab and powerful right hand to register an 87.5 knockout percentage, living up to her nickname “She Bee Stingin’.”