Ali's Daughter Wins Debut Bout
ED SCHUYLER Jr.
Oct. 09, 1999
VERONA. N.Y. (AP) _ They called Muhammad Ali ``The Greatest.'' Just call his daughter ``The Quickest.''
With her father watching from ringside, 21-year-old Laila Ali made her pro boxing debut by knocking out April Fowler at 31 seconds of the first round Friday night before about 2,800 fans at the Turning Stone Casino Convention Center.
It was no fight at all. Fowler, a waitress from Michigan City, Ind., was inept in the ring, often turning her head as she punched. Ali speared her with several jabs and then knocked her out with a left-right to the jaw.
When Fowler hit the floor, Ali stood over her with her fist cocked, reminiscent of how her father stood over a KO'd Sonny Liston in the first round of their rematch in 1965.
Her father showed no emotion when the fight ended, but his wife, Lonnie, smiled broadly.