March to Destiny
Laila Ali, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, Ivan "Mighty' Robinson
Turning Stone Casino Resort,
March 2, 2001
Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, fought for the first time on the same fight
card each scoring separate knockouts to remain undefeated Friday night at
the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, NY.
The daughters of former world heavyweight champions, used this event
to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their fathers' first fight, which was
held March 8, 1971. Frazier
ended her fight quickly with a first round knockout over Genevia Buckhalter
(2-8). Frazier was fast and
furious in her attack of Buckhalter knocking her down to the canvas once
prior to the knockout. Frazier
improved her record to 7-0 all by KO of which 4 have been in the first
round. Ali also was
impressive with a fifth round TKO win over Christine Robinson of Lexington,
SC. Robinson who has fought
several ranked fighters and went five rounds with Christy Martin was a
formidable opponent for Ali. Ali
was deliberate in her attack of Robinson throughout the fight.
Robinson landed a few solid punches in the third round that stepped
up the attack of Ali. With the
crowd chanting Ali, Laila backed Robinson into a corner in the fifth round
landing a number of rights before a left uppercut sent Robinson to the canvas.
Referee Bob Fenocchi immediately stopped the fight at 1:50 into the
press conference was held later in the evening to announce the long
anticipated match-up between Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde on June 8,
2001 at the Turning Stone Casino Resort.
Click here for the press release.
During this conference the verbal exchanges between Ali and Frazier-Lyde
were fast and colorful. Ali
said Frazier-Lyde was doing the most talking, "so you know she's going
to get the most whuping. I want someone to go home with a tattoo on their
face so they know they were whuped by Laila Ali."
Frazier counters that " Laila Ali is going to run just like
Muhammad Ali ran from Joe Frazier." The two verbally got into it at
this point with Ali screaming “forget the past, this is between me and
you! Every time you say
something like that, it's going to add to your whuping."
Frazier who predicts a knockout over Ali within the first three
rounds will have her hands full with the talented Ali.
This will be an exciting event that no boxing fan should miss.
The event will coincide with the International
Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and it is likely that Muhammad Ali
and Joe Frazier will be in attendance to watch their daughters fight….
card also featured NABF Lightweight Champion "Mighty" Ivan
Robinson (30-5-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia in a scheduled 10-round
welterweight fight against Alric Johnson (19-10, 10 KOs) of Trinidad.
Robinson was awarded a technical knockout before the start of the
ninth round when it was determined that Johnson could not continue due to a
closed right eye. In the early
rounds Robinson primarily used his left, though in the fifth round he began
to mix things up a bit. Johnson
caught a roundhouse right in the seventh round that lead to the swelling of
his eye and demise.
The undercard results are as
Jr. Middleweight - 6 rds
Andrey Trunov (6-0) TKO3 Donnell Ponton
- 4 rds
Kwame Bumpus (1-0-1), Philip Thrasher (4-4-1):
- 4 rds
James Izzard (1-2) unanimous decision over Bobby Pilger (1-1)
Heavyweight - 6 rds
Erick Kirkland (10-0) TKO1 Derek Amos (13-15)
by: David Dylis, Editor, BoxingHelp.com, info@boxingHelp.com
of the top five tourist attractions in New York, Turning Stone Casino Resort
is located just off New York State Thruway Exit 33 in Verona (about 30 miles
east of Syracuse). For ticket information on upcoming fights, contact
the Showroom Box Office at (877) 833-SHOW or (315) 361-SHOW.