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Laila Ali confident of upcoming victory

Nov. 10, 2006 at 9:13 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Laila Ali, daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, has said she is not nervous about her upcoming bout in New York against Shelley Burton.

The younger Ali, whose record features 22 wins, no losses and five women's heavyweight boxing crowns, said ahead of the fight, scheduled for Saturday at Madison Square Garden, that she has a very different fighting style from her father, ABC News reported Friday.

"I have to work at boxing," she explained. "I know how to do it, and when I do it I look good doing it, but it's not what comes to me first. What comes to me first is standing there and just throwing punches, and, you know, as I call, scrapping. I like to just stand right in front of you."

Laila Ali said she was never close to her father, having taken her mother's side in the divorce and being the only one of the family's seven children to refuse to convert to Islam.

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