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 Phillips 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 0f 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.