Laila Ali and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, are expecting their first child together, she confirms exclusively to Essence magazine
"I don't know yet if we are having a boy or a girl, but I'm excited that I have a life inside me that my husband and I created," Ali says in the May issue, which hits newsstands April 11.
The boxing champ, who co-hosts American Gladiators
, and Conway married last July
in the rose garden of the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, Calif.
Among the 200 guests were Laila's parents, Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porsche Anderson, along with her sister Hana Ali, who was a bridesmaid.
This is the first child for Ali and the fourth for Conway, who has twin sons, Kelton and Cameron, 13, and a daughter Leilani, 9.
"I am 100 percent undeniably happy," Ali tells ESSENCE
. "I've never been able to say that before."
Ali, 30, and Conway, 37, met at his house, when he hosted a small get-together, which Ali attended with a friend. The pair became engaged on Thanksgiving 2006.
Shortly after their wedding, Ali told PEOPLE that married life was "excellent."
"My husband and I are best friends," she said. "We have great communication and we respect each other."
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