Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier put on what was considered by many the greatest fight trilogy of all-time. They waged all-out war through three brutally savage fights. I am sure there are probably many out there who have no idea there was actually an Ali-Frazier IV. The legacy of Ali versus Frazier was re-ignited in the ring over twenty-five years after their last battle in “The Thrilla In Manila.” And no, it wasn’t a senior citizen scrap by two over-the-hill ex-champs in their sixties. Ali-Frazier IV was waged by their daughters, Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde. From the very moment that both had decided to enter the world of women’s professional boxing their eventual showdown seemed inevitable. The contentious nature of the two families’ history would allow for nothing less. It’s been reported that after Laila Ali won her pro debut, and was quoted as claiming she couldn’t be beat, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde decided to answer the challenge. Frazier-Lyde was at the time a 38 yr old practicing lawyer and a mother of 3. A former college basketball player, she went to the gym to get her 5″9″ 210 lb. body into fighting shape. Once dropping the necessary weight and getting into fighting form, in a year’s time, Frazier -Lyde went undefeated in 7 fights. Meanwhile, the 23 yr old Ali continued with her fledgling career compiling a 9-0 record with 8 kos. During that time, the two fought twice each on various fight cards at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY to build familiarity and interest in a proposed meeting. The fight was set as the main event on a Pay-Per-View card at the resort/casino on June 8, 2001. While both fighters adapted their father’s respective fighting styles, in a complete role reversal, it seems the pre-fight hype was more the talkative litigator Frazier-Lyde’s forte than the quieter Ali’s. She even adopted the family nickname calling herself “Sister Smoke.” But the natural inherited animosity was no doubt there for both women. Ali called her opponent a mere opportunist while Frazier-Lyde labeled Ali entitled and arrogant. Their fight was the first women’s boxing match to headline a Pay-per-View card and they drew a crowd of over 6,500. 300 plus members of the media were in attendance. Joe Frazier was there for the fight but Muhammad Ali was not. Though the actual numbers weren’t released, both women were allegedly guaranteed a minimum purse of $100,000 with a possibility of $250,000 depending on PPV sales. Both were records for a women’s professional boxing match. The PPV went for $24.95. The actual bout turned out to be more clinching and grappling than actual exchanging of clean blows. The referee was even reported to have temporarily halted the action at one point to allow Frazier-Lyde to catch her breath. But the enthusiasm and aggression from both fighters was clear. Laila Ali was able to get the family trademark jab working and rode it to a majority decision win. And while Frazier-Lyde clamored for a re-match, the Ali camp showed no interest. Frazier-Lyde would later claim she had broken Ali’s collarbone during the bout, sidelining Ali for a year, while she herself soon after captured the WIBA lt-hvywt title. Frazier-Lyde had hoped public demand would eventually dictate the re-match, but that never happened. She went unbeaten in the rest of her career going 13-1 with one no contest. She also won the WIBF super-middle-wt and UBA hvywt titles. Laila Ali finished her career undefeated with a perfect 24-0 record with 21 kos . She won the WIBA, IWBF, IBA, and WBC super middlewt titles as well as the IWBF lt-hvywt title. And she was the winner of Ali-Frazier IV.