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March to Destiny
Laila Ali, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, Ivan "Mighty' Robinson

Turning Stone Casino Resort, Verona, NY
March 2, 2001

Laila 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 fifth round.

A 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….

The 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 follows:

Jr. Middleweight - 6 rds
Andrey Trunov (6-0) TKO3
Donnell Ponton (8-6-1)

Middleweight - 4 rds
Kwame Bumpus (1-0-1),
Philip Thrasher (4-4-1): Majority Draw

Cruiserweight - 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)

Reported by:  David Dylis, Editor,,

One 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.


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