Wolfe's for real in ring and has compassion outside it

Ann Wolfe is a top fighter who still seeks to fight Laila Ali to see who's the best, and she also has a strong social conscience, Joe Tessitore writes.

Originally Published: August 1, 2006
By Joe Tessitore | Special to ESPN.com

Ann Wolfe knows a lot about life. But she doesn't know how to be a fake. On "Friday Night Fights" (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET) from Memphis, Tenn., we once again get to visit with her and appreciate just how real she is.


At 34, Wolfe (23-1, 16 KOs) has spent the past few years recognized as arguably the best female fighter in the world. It's a tag that comes with pride and pain, but it doesn't come with much satisfaction or cash.

She doesn't have Anna Kournikova's ...

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