January 06, 2020
Laila Ali recently took to Instagram to share a pair of old pictures with her late father, the great boxing legend Muhammad Ali, as she reflected on the great times they used to have on the holidays.
Christmas time it’s always hard for those who have lost loved ones on the way, like former boxing star Laila Ali, the youngest daughter of the late Muhammad Ali.
Laila Ali poses with her father, former boxer, Muhammad Ali, after defeating Suzy Taylor after two rounds at the Aladdin Casino on August 17, 2002 | Photo: GettyImages
The 41-year-old took to Instagram over the holidays to share a couple of throwback photos that show her father posing with her and her children.
In one of the pics, Muhammad is seen sitting on a couch and holding a baby girl with the assistance of someone off-camera.
The boxing champion, as his fans know, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the late ‘80s and, eventually, lost his speech ability.
“I always miss my father’s sweet spirit this time of year. He loved his grandbabies!” Laila captioned the sweet post.
Fans of the boxing family took over the comment section to share their admiration for Muhammad and send love in Laila’s way.
“We know he came to do God's work. But we miss him too,” wrote one fan.
Actor Dondré T. Whitfield took his chance to add:
“The greatest for real. Your Dad taught me so many things that I walk out in my manhood today. My only regret in life was that I didn’t meet him before he passed. #Facts.”
And a second fan chimed in to say:
“We all miss the Greatest. God bless you all, and May Muhammad rest in Jesus Amen.”
LAILA’S CAREER AND LIFE
She became a champion on her own accord with an undefeated record of 24 wins—including 21 knockouts—and five championship reigns throughout her nine-year career.
After retiring in 2007, Laila went on to explore some of her other passions.
She has released a line of beauty and hair care products, a cookbook, and has appeared as a contestant on shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Masked Singer.”
She's also the host of "Home Made Simple" in Oprah Winfrey's channel, OWN.
Ali has been married to former NFL player Curtis Conway for 12 years, and they share two kids: son Curtis, 11 and daughter Sydney, 8. Besides, Laila is the stepmother of Conway’s three children from a previous relationship.