Laila Ali Gives Birth to Her First Son

Laila Ali Gives Birth to Her First Son
Laila Ali and Curtis Conway
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updated 09/05/2008 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 09/11/2008 01:00PM

And in this corner, weighing in at 6.8 lbs., measuring 19 inches long and wearing the white diapers, is Laila Ali's littlest prize fighter ... Curtis Muhammad Conway!

The American Gladiator host, 30, and her husband, retired NFL star Curtis Conway, 37, welcomed their first son together, she announced on her Web site Thursday.

"Although mom and baby are both healthy and happy, there were some surprises during labor that altered Laila's birth plan," the statement said.

Ali has no doubts that Conway – who has twin sons Kelton and Cameron, 13, and daughter Leilani, 9, from a previous relationship – will do his fair share of diaper duty now that baby "CJ" (short for Curtis Junior) has arrived.

During her pregnancy, "[Curtis] picked up a lot of the slack at home," Ali told PEOPLE earlier this year. "He's going to be excellent when the baby comes."

Another sure thing? When Ali revealed to PEOPLE that she was expecting a son, the proud mom-to-be declared, "This boy is going to be an athlete, definitely."

Odds are definitely stacked in CJ's favor: Along with mom and dad's impressive athletic stats, CJ is also the grandchild of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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