Laila Ali: I wanted to be independent

Updated: March 11, 2013, 12:42 PM ET
By espnW

Working with hands was nothing new for Laila Ali. Before she became a world championship fighter, she had her own nail salon. Now, in retirement, she has her own line of hair-care and skin-care products.

"I've always been a very ambitious person. Before I actually started fighting, I decided at a very young age that I wanted to be independent. I wanted to move out of the house by the time I was 18. I always wanted to grow up fast. So I said, how am I gonna support myself? So I ...

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