"Laila will be in Dubai to defend her flawless record of 24 wins and zero losses in 2010," Rafiq told Gulf News.
"And we have a very positive affirmation that her father Muhammad Ali will also make it to Dubai," confirmed Viju Jacob, vice-president, marketing, Middle East for XKL.
"He has never missed a single fight involving her. They have said Muhammad Ali will be here 99 per cent," Jacob added.
Top authorities in Dubai have shown a keen interest in staging a fight involving one of the best women boxers of all time. The venue in Dubai is yet to be named and organisers XKL prefer keeping quiet on the opponent as well.
"We are in the process of getting a suitable challenger and will reveal details of the fight at a later date," Rafiq stated.
In all likelihood, the first-ever appearance of Laila Ali in Dubai will follow the launch of XKL's Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title fights scheduled during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2010.
"With aggressive expansion plans, XKL's marketing exposure is set for the world stage and audiences will be able to follow all the play by play action of the title match," Rafiq stated.
"The XKL team prides itself in being able to provide emerging trends in popular combat sport and these two events are just an indicator of what is to follow," Rafiq affirmed.
As per plans, the night will feature three preliminary fights followed by the main fight involving Laila Ali.
Laila Ali has a degree in business from Santa Monica College and previously owned a balloon and Halloween mask shop in California before becoming a boxer. Standing at 1.78mts with a reach of 70.4 inches, Laila Ali is by far the most famous of Muhammad Ali's children. "Our commitment is to stage a truly world-class event that sets a new standard for the industry," Rafiq stated.
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Queen Booth Jan 16, 2010 08:19 am
Laila Ali is one of the best female athletes by far. She not only helps the younger generation but she truly cares for them. I am one of Laila's biggest supporters but i am starting to believe that she is on the run from Ann Wolfe. It is really disappointing to believe that maybe she is. this fight will be great for Laila as well as womens boxing, getting her feet wet again hopefully before a brawl with Ann Wolfe. I am still a firm believer that Laila will destroy Ann Wolfe! GO LAILA!