Everyone who has been into sports the last 50 years knows about Muhammad Ali, the most famous fighter of all time. Fewer people know about his daughter, Laila Ali, who has become an acclaimed fighter in her own right. She has a great record for any fighter (24 wins- 0 losses), but yet can't escape the shadow of her father. I know is a big shadow to escape from, but I don't get why she is given more respect for making in a male-dominated sport.
I think that Laila Ali was the perfect mascot for female boxing because it's not only in her blood, but she's very good at it. What I like her most is that she doesn't try and sexualize her. She doesn't give me the impression that she's a female fighter, she's just a fighter with extraordinary ability. Maybe one day, men can honestly see women as equals. That will take a lot of time and lot of changing. For right now, we can only hope that women like Laila can help lead us there. For some of her highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ko0Pwb_gu4