Ali wins as Robinson looms

Updated: February 16, 2005, 4:23 PM ET
Associated Press

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

Laila Ali
Cassandra Geiggar got in some good shots, but it wasn't enough.

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.

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