Laila Ali

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Laila Ali

Born

12/30/1977, Miami Beach, Florida

Birth Name

Laila Ali

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Female
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Laila is a boxer and entrepreneur. She is the daughter of Veronica Ali and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Laila went to college at University of California for business and went to Santa Monica College to earn her Degree in Business Management. She owned her own nail salon in…more

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  • Trivia

    • Laila and husband, NFL player Curtis Conway, welcomed their first son together, Curtis Muhammad Conway, Jr. (CJ for short), on August, 26, 2008.

    • Laila Ali decided to have a natural home birth for her first child after seeing Ricki Lake's documentary, The Business of Being Born. She wants to be fully control of the delivery without any medication.

    • Laila was a contestant on the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars. Her and her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, finished in third place.

    • Laila was featured on the front cover of Pregnancy Magazine's September 2008 issue, along with an interview and more pictures inside.

    • Laila has completed a cardio workout DVD with boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard.

    • Laila loves to cook, and has appeared on both Emeril and Rachael Ray in cooking segments.

    • Some of Laila's charities include: The Women's Sports Foundation; ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History; and her partnership with Uncle Ben's Rice to fight childhood hunger.

    • Laila Ali and husband Curtis Conway's July 2007 wedding was featured in People Magazine as one of the Best Celebrity Weddings of 2007.

    • Laila was awarded at the 2007 Big Brothers and Sisters Rising Stars Gala.

    • In late October, 2007, Laila participated in the 2007 Annual Salute to Women in Sports, hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation.

    • In September 2007, Laila joined Vaseline to launch their new Skin Is Amazing effort.

    • Laila joined with Swarovski to raise funds for SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest charity for orphaned and abandoned children. Other stars that joined this event include Jessica Alba, Reba McEntire, Katharine McPhee, and Vanessa Williams.

    • In October 2007, Laila was featured in the Got Milk? advertisement. She is one of two celebrities to be featured three times in the campaign.

    • Laila joined and spoke at the Maria Shriver's Women's Conference 2007, at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 23, 2007.

    • Laila was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in May 2007.

    • Laila Ali has a reach of 70.5".

    • Laila married John McClain on August 27, 2000. The two later split in 2005. She remarried Curtis Conway on July 22, 2007.

    • Laila has one older sister, Hana.

    • Laila has written an autobiography titled Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power.

    • In the summer of 2004, Laila made the cover of V Magazine.

    • Laila is said to be the best and most recognized female fighter in the world today.

    • Laila's current boxing record is 22 wins and 0 losses. 19 of her wins were by way of knock out.

    • Laila's nickname is She Bee Stingin.

    • Laila is 5' 10".

    • Laila was supposed to fight Gwendolyn O'Neil in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 5, 2006, but she pulled out because of allegations of fraud.

    • In her boxing career, Laila has won the IWBF World Super middleweight 2nd champion belt, the WIBA World Super middleweight 2nd champion belt, and the WBC Female World Super middleweight 1st champion belt.

    • After beating Jackie Frazier-Lyde on June 8, 2001, Laila took a year off from boxing, then returned to the sport.

    • On June 8, 2001, Laila Ali and Jackie Frazier-Lyde, Joe Frazier's daughter, met in a fight that became the first time a women's boxing fight was the main event of a Pay Per View event in history. The fight was nicknamed Ali/Frazier IV in allusion to their fathers' famous fight trilogy.

    • Laila made her boxing debut on October 8, 1999, knocking out April Fowler in the first round in only 31 seconds!

    • Laila was originally a personal trainer.

    • In 1999, Laila, announced she would follow her father and try her hand at women's boxing.

  • Quotes

    • Laila Ali: I don't want my child wanting to fight. Hopefully the boxing ends with me in this family. If he's going to play sports, he'll play something else. No boxing.

    • Laila Ali: I have never experienced [pregnancy] for myself, but I see all of these other women that I know are nowhere near as strong as I am physically, emotionally, mentally. So if they can do it, so can I.

    • Laila Ali: I'm on Dancing With the Stars, which is exciting because unlike in boxing, I'm not in control--it's up to the judges and the public. I can't just go out there and knock all the other dancers off the floor. I have to use my skill and what I've learned. But if for some reason I don't win, it'll be a fun experience.

    • Laila Ali: I used to think I was invincible, but then I got hit hard by a male sparring partner. I was literally seeing stars! Now I realize that no matter how much you think you know, there's always more to learn.

    • Laila Ali: I want to stay undefeated. So on days when I feel like giving up, I think of all the other girls I might potentially fight and it gets me going.

    • Laila Ali: (about "Dancing with the Stars") Mentally it's draining, [but] for me physically, it's a piece of cake because I'm used to training hard, but mentally, because I want to be the best I can be, the athlete in me is very competitive. I want to get out there and look like I know what I'm doing.

    • Laila Ali: (on her father's Parkinson syndrome, and concerns about the dangers of the sport) That doesn't worry me. That's obviously something that people are going to be concerned about. It's not proven that it came from boxing. A lot of people have Parkinson's that have never boxed. I think he would have effects from boxing even if he didn't have Parkinson's. But it's not going to stop me from doing what I want to do, just like it doesn't stop other fighters. And we all look up to Muhammad Ali.

    • Laila Ali: My father is happy that I'm winning. He's happy that I'm representing well. Of course he'll be happy when I'm done boxing, as my mother will and my friends will because then they won't have to worry about anything anymore.

    • Laila Ali: There's so many other things that I'm talented at, so many things that I could be doing, that I wouldn't be boxing if it wasn't what I loved to do.

    • Laila Ali: I didn't even know that women boxed. And then when I saw it for the first time I wanted to do it.

    • Laila Ali: It is painful for me because I would love to sit down and talk to my dad about the way he used to be when he was my age, when he was in his prime, because we are so much alike.

    • Laila Ali: (Talking about her dad) I have noticed a change in him, something that goes along with Parkinson's. Sometimes, his speech is so slurred, you can't hardly understand him. But he definitely knows what's going on. That's for sure. He sees everything.

    • Laila Ali: I've trained harder, I'm better, I'm stronger, the blood of a champion runs through my veins, I've earned this opportunity, I'll earn this victory, I've already won.

    • Laila Ali: (about her father) It's always great to have him here and have him see me fight. He gets in the ring and gives me a kiss, it's a sweet feeling.

    • Laila Ali: What my daddy had was passed down to me. I'm not my father, I'm not trying to be. But I am a fighter and I'm coming here and going to whup somebody good.

    • Laila Ali: There's a lot of pressure being Ali's daughter, but I always try to do my best. I've got to do my thing. He's already done his thing.

    • Laila Ali: Muhammad Ali is obviously the greatest.

    • Laila Ali: I'm a very stylish person out of the ring. But in the ring I just wear white. That's my color. If somebody starts to bleed, I like to see all the blood.

    • Laila Ali: First way you beat somebody is mentally.

    • Laila Ali: (about her autobiography Reach!) [In this book,] I'm telling you the story of how a pretty little girl, born inside a fairy tale, went through life's lost-and-found.

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