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What African-American women have been involved in boxing?

Laila Ali (1978–) scored a majority decision in a fight with Jacqui Frazier-Lyde (1962–) on June 8, 2001, at the Tuning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. This was the first pay-per-view boxing match between two black women. By all accounts, the fight lived up to hopes and expectations, with both women slugging it out. Although both women are considered highly talented boxers, the pre-fight publicity and anticipation probably was due as much to their lineage as to their talent. Each is the daughter of a legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, respectively, and the fathers had their own rivalry and contests. Joe Frazier was there to spur his daughter on; Muhammad Ali was not, but Laila Ali’s mother was present. Frazier-Lyde had hoped to run her string of consecutive knockouts to eight. Jacqui Frazier-Lyde beat Suzette Taylor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and won the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) light heavyweight belt. Her father, Joe Frazier, also won the bout during his career; thus, Frazier-Lyde’s win marks the first time a father and daughter have held boxing championships.



Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, became a fine boxer in her own right.

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