On 8 November, she retained that title and unified the crown by adding the WIBA and IWBF belts with an eight-round TKO win over her division's other world champion, Valerie Mahfood, in Las Vegas. On 21 June 2003, Mahfood and Ali fought a rematch, this time in Los Angeles.
Once again bloodied by Ali, Mahfood lost by TKO in six rounds while trying to recover her world title.
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Laila Amaria Ali was born 30 December 1977 in Miami Beach, Florida, the daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali and his third wife, Veronica Porché Ali. She graduated from California's Santa Monica College with a business degree.
This fight was part of the undercard for the fight in which Mike Tyson was surprisingly knocked out by fringe contender Danny Williams.