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Laila Ali

Laila Ali
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Laila Ali Biography

If bloodlines means anything, Laila Ali not only is going to the top of her sport, she is going to put on quite a show getting there. Like her famous father, Ali has quick feet, a stiff jab and a preternatural self-confidence. Sharing her father's genes may bring extra skills, but they also will bring her extra scrutiny as fight fans ask if she can live up to the expectations generated by her famous name. It all started as a form of excercise for Laila Ali, who got into boxing in 1999. After watching a Christy Martin fight on television, she decided to give up her nail salon business and furthering her education in favour of a pro boxing career. "When people find out you are the daughter of Muhammad Ali, they try to take advantage of you," Ali said. "But, I never backed down from a fight." She says she is quite comfortable living and boxing in her father's shadow. "My dad is the most famous man in the world," she said. "He is the greatest boxer of all time, and I am his very proud daughter. People have asked me questions about my father all my life. That is something I am just used to." Read Full Bio >>

Laila Ali Trivia

  • Daughter of Muhammad Ali, and 'Veronica Porche Ali' .
  • Sister of Hana Ali.
  • Granddaughter of Odessa Clay.
  • Niece of Rahaman Ali.
  • Daughter of Muhammed Ali.
  • Mother is former model, Veronica Porche Anderson.
  • Second oldest of nine children.
  • She was never an athlete as a child.
  • Went astray shortly after her parents divorced in 1986, once spending three months in juvenile detention for shoplifting.
  • Has appeared in numerous magazines, including Fitness, Jet, People, Vogue and Sports Illustrated, and signed endorsement deals with the Ford Motor Company and Soft-Sheen Carson. She has made guest appearances on "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," and "BET" and has appeared on "Hollywood Squares," "The Wayne Brady Show," "The Other Half" and "Girlfriends."
  • Continuing her busy schedule, she and her husband, Johnny "Yahya" McClain are part of two non-profit organizations.
  • Founded by McClain, the "Absoloot Awareness Foundation" was formed for the sole purpose of shaping the lives of youth through sports, life skills and business training. The organization plans to assist youth in becoming more productive in life.
  • Ali is the founder of the "Reach Foundation". The non-profit organization serves the educational, health and social needs of young, underprivileged women. "Reach" provides information, instruction and training to disadvantaged young women.

Laila Ali Photos

  • Curtis Conway and Laila Ali

    2013 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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    "42" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Cure Paralysis - Arrivals

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    The 3rd Annual My Brother Charlie Family Fun Fest Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation - Arrivals

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    "Red Hook Summer" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    19th Annual ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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