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Ali wins as Robinson looms

2/16/2005

ATLANTA -- Laila Ali retained her WIBA super middleweight
title, stopping Cassandra Geiggar in the eighth round Friday night.

Ali, the daughter of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali,
punched Geiggar into the ropes before referee George Chip stopped
the fight at 1:13 of the round.

Ali (20-0, 17 KO) punished Geiggar (6-5, 6 KO) in the early
rounds, but couldn't put her away.

Leatitia Robinson (13-0, 9 KO), expected to be Ali's next
opponent, retained her WIBA middleweight championship by knocking
out Monica Nunez (9-3, 5 KO) at 36 seconds of the first round.

Robinson got Nunez flush on the jaw with a left, and referee Jim
Korb halted the fight as Nunez sat on the canvas.

In other bouts, Andre Dirrell (2-0, 2 KO), bronze medalist at
the Athens Games, knocked out Walter Coles (1-3, 1 KO) at 2:16 of
the first round of a scheduled four-round super middleweight bout.

Welterweight Xavier Tolliver (16-4) stopped Daniel Craycraft
(8-15-2) in the first round of a scheduled six-round bout.

Featherweight Jesus Perez (25-9, 19 KO) handed Daniel Maldonado
(16-1, 10 KO) his first defeat. The fight was stopped at 1:30 of
the first round after Perez knocked Maldonado down three times.

In the only other bout of the evening to last more than one
round, super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (2-0, 2 KO) knocked out
Dwayne Warren (0-1) at 1:30 in round two of a scheduled four-round
match.