January 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm #9143
Post subject: LAILA ALI RETURNS TO ACTIONPostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:58 am
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2004 6:25 am
Did anyone catch this? I saw it on Abu Dhabi news:
LAILA ALI RETURNS TO ACTION FEB. 11 IN ATLANTA
The BEATDOWN PT. II Live at Philip’s Arena
Friday February 11th, 2005
Doors open at 6:45pm
Philips Arena is located next to CNN Center, at the intersection of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive). The address for the arena is: 1 Philips Dr. Atlanta GA 30303
Considered by many to be the best woman boxer in the world today, Laila Ali (19-0, 16 KOs) will return to the ring Fri., Feb. 11, in a fight to be held in the Philips Arena in Atlanta. She will be defending her WIBA super middleweight title against challenger Cassandra Geigger (6-4, 6 KOs). This fight will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ as part of its annual Valentine’s Day show.
Here is the press release announcing this fight:
Laila Ali -vs- Cassandra Geigger Absoloot Entertainment ‘Presents’ The BEATDOWN Pt. II
She ‘BEE Stingin’ Laila Ali defends her WIBA Super Middleweight Title against Cassandra Geigger, Friday February 11th, 2005
To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will telecast live from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Laila ‘She Bee Stingin’ Ali (19-0 16 KO’s), defends her WIBA Super Middleweight Title against Cassandra Geigger in the 10 round main event. Ali, whose last fight was dubbed ‘THE BEATDOWN’, beatdown Light Heavyweight Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil with a variety of combinations and bodyshots which finally sent O’Neil to the canvas for good in Round 3 and earned Ali yet another world championship.
Ali’s last 2 appearances on ESPN have been nothing short of spectacular. In November of 2002 she dominated and overwhelmed Valerie ‘The Wolf’ Mahfood to win the WIBA and IWBF Super Middleweight Titles. The 8th round stoppage turned out to be the 3rd highest rated show of the year for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Then on Valentine’s Day of 2003, Laila returned to her legendary father’s hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, to defend her titles against former world champion, Mary Ann Almager. In front a sold out crowd at the Louisville Gardens, Ali pummeled Almager for 4 rounds and successfully defended her Super Middleweight Titles. Laila’s first world title came in August of 2002 when she dethroned former champion Suzy Taylor with superior punching power and speed. Referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the bout in Round 2 when Taylor refused to continue to take a beating resulting in Ali winning the IBA Super Middleweight Championship.
‘Black Diamond’ Light Heavyweight 6-4-0 (6 KO’s)
Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, born Feb 13, 1968 but moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1990. Cassandra got her start boxing with Toughman (woman) contests, where she was runner-up in the 2000 and 2001 National Toughwoman Contests.
Post subject: PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:36 am
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Cassandra Geigger is no match for Laila Ali. Unfortunately Laila has resorted to padding her record with opponants she knows she can beat for an easy payday. If she really wanted to show the boxing community that she is a true champion/warrior she would fight some of the top contenders like Ann Wolfe, Lucia Rijker or Erin Toughill. After earning respect from the boxing community by taking on some credible competition she is slowly loosing that respect now.
Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:19 pm
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 4:00 pm
She would do well to face those people with the exception of Rijker. I’ll probably never know for sure, but I don’t think Lucia’s skill will overcome Ali’s size.
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