Laila Amaria Ali is a former American boxer who is the daughter of the famous American boxer, Mohammed Ali. Laila was active in professional boxing for 10 years. She prides herself with titles including the WBC, IWBF, and WIBA. Now let’s have a close look at Laila Ali’s net worth in 2018.
Laila Ali was born on December 30, 1977, in Miami Beach, Florida. She was born to Mohammed Ali and Veronica Porche Ali who happens to be the third wife of the boxer. She is the last but one child of her father. She received a business degree from the Santa Monica College in California.
Laila Ali is married to Curtis Conway, a former NFL player. The couple has two children; Curtis Mohammed Conway and Sydney Jurldine Conway. Although Laila has been raised as a Muslim, she has converted Christianity.
Laila Ali was inspired by watching popular female boxer Christy Martin in a fight. She started to train as a boxer at the age of 18. Her father did not like the idea of her being a boxer. According to him, it was a dangerous career for her. She made her decision known to the public when she sat for an interview with Good Morning America show host Diane Sawyer.
Her affiliation with her father earned her a lot of media attention. Her debut fight, fought on October 8, 1999, in New York, was covered by several media persons. Laila fought April Fowler, and she knocked April out in the first round.
She also won her second bout against Shadina Pennybaker. Shadina was debuting as a professional boxer. She held the record of a 2-1 as an amateur boxer. Laila won six other subsequent matches making it eight wins in a row. Her massive success increased her popularity. Soon, boxing fans began to request for a match between either her and Freeda Foreman or Jackie Frazier.
Eventually, a fight was scheduled between Ali and Frazier. The fight dubbed Ali/Frazier IV took place on June 8, 2001. Ali won the bout by the judges’ decision. Ali took a year-long break from boxing. She made a comeback with about against Shirvelle Williams. She won this bout as well.
On August 17, 2002, she fought Suzette Taylor in contention for the IBA title. She won the bout by a second-round knockout. Ali later fought world champion, Valarie Manfood. She retained her IBA title and also won the WIBA and IWBF belts after winning the fight. There was a rematch in 2003 and Ali managed to win that bout as well.
Ali also beat notable boxers including Monica Nunez and Gwendolyn O’Neil. She won the IWBF Light Heavyweight title after winning her bout against O’Neil. Ali remained undefeated even after fighting Erin Toughill, Asa Sandell, and Shirley Burton. Ali’s last pro match was against South Africa’s Gwendolyn O’Neil on February 2, 2007, in South Africa. She was undefeated throughout her professional boxing career.
Aside from boxing, Ali also co-wrote a book titled “Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power.” She also made several television appearances on the “George Lopez” Show and “the Real Husbands of Hollywood”. She also participated in the 2007 edition of “Dancing with the Stars”.
Awards & Achievements
Apart from the boxing titled held by Laila, she has also won the Bronze Telly award as well as the Silver Telly Award in 2014.
Net Worth of Laila Ali
Laila Ali has earned a good income from her boxing career. The former boxer has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Majority of her wealth was accumulated during her career as a professional boxer. Her television appearances and sales from the book she co-authored also earn her substantial income.
Laila Ali revealed in her book that she felt alienated as a child due to her parents’ fame. She also talked about her life experiences and her struggles. During her boxing career, she faced accusations from other female boxers who claimed Laila was avoiding a bout against them. Laila refuted those claims citing other reasons for her refusal. The retired boxer gave an emotional tribute to her father at the 2016 BET awards.