Ali and Frazier daughters verbally spar in prep for June 8 bout


PHILADELPHIA, AP

It remains to be seen whether Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will deliver the same thrilling in-the-ring rivalry their famous fathers did three decades ago. So far, the trash talking is living up to the legend. “I thought you were beautiful until I met you,” sneered the daughter of Joe Frazier. The model-actress-boxer daughter of Muhammad Ali responded, “I knew you were ugly as soon as I met you.” The women — neither of whom probably get called ugly very often — warned Thursday there would be “butt-kicking” and “whooping” in the June 8 fight being billed as “Thrilla in Manila 4.” “A person like this needs to be busted up,” Ali said, as Frazier-Lyde laughed loudly. “She needs a muscle to that mouth.” Several times Frazier-Lyde yelled in a mock announcer’s voice, “Laila gets knocked out. Down goes Ali.” To which, Ali rolled her eyes. “I’ll give it to you right now, if you want it,” Frazier-Lyde taunted from the podium another time, moving a chair so Ali could approach her. “I want to feel it right now,” Ali answered, but she turned away when Frazier-Lyde laughed that it would have to wait for the paying ticket holders. The eight-round fight to be held at the Turning Stone Casino near Verona, New York, has been in the works since Ali’s first fight two years ago. Frazier-Lyde began boxing a few months later, and has made it no secret that her goal was to confront the daughter of her father’s biggest rival. “Joe Frazier gave Muhammad Ali the best butt-kicking he ever had,” said Frazier-Lyde, who is undefeated in seven fights with seven knockouts. “The same kind of butt-kicking I’m going to give Laila Ali.” Laila Ali, 23, owned a nail salon in Los Angeles when she began boxing for exercise. Her first professional fight in October 1999 ended with a knockout after just 31 seconds. She is undefeated in nine fights with eight knockouts.

Frazier-Lyde, 39, said she first considered boxing after Ali entered the ring. The lawyer and mother of three challenged Ali to fight even before her first match. “I had heard that Laila was boxing and I said I didn’t think women should be boxing,” Frazier-Lyde said.

” like seeing women get hit. I like seeing women in shape and I like seeing them deliver a punch.” Asked why she entered a sport that depends upon women getting hit, she said, “It’s about the history and culture of the Frazier tradition.” She said that after fighting Ali she wanted to face Freeda Foreman, the daughter of George Foreman.