Quick facts about Johnny McClain
Birth Name: Johnny McClain III
Birth Date: September 15, 1967
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Marital status: Divorced
Ex-wife: Laila Ali
Occupation: Professional boxer, entrepreneur, author
Let us look at some 5 interesting facts about Johnny McClain, Laila Ali's ex-husband
1. Johnny McClain is Laila Ali's ex-husband
After dating for a while, Johnny McClain tied the knot on August 27, 2000. Besides being Laila’s husband, Johnny was also her manager in her boxing career. Five years later the couple could not stand each other anymore hence they decided to get divorced in 2005. Johnny and Laila did not have any children together for the five years that they were married. Johnny also stopped managing Laila’s career and each moved on with their lives.
2. Johnny’s biggest accomplishment was building the brand Laila Ali
In a number of interviews Johnny McClain, Laila Ali's ex-husband has been quoted as saying his biggest accomplishment as a promoter was not organizing historical female fights but building the brand Laila Ali. Johnny organized some of the biggest female fights in the history of boxing like Laila Ali vs. Jackie Frazier and Laila Ali vs. Christy Martin. Building the brand Laila Ali was more of keeping her undefeated as a female professional boxer. Johnny McClain, Laila Ali's ex-husband pursued Laila’s endorsements, building her image and organizing boxing fights between her and other renowned female boxers. Johnny used the knowledge he had of boxing to better Laila and guide her career following the footsteps of her dad Mohammad Ali who was ‘The Greatest’ legendary boxing champion
3. Johnny McClain pursued boxing at a tender age of 10 years
Johnny McClain also known as 'Yahya' grew an interest in the sport of boxing and began pursuing boxing as a career at the young age of 10. As a young boxer, he achieved a lot thus making him travel throughout the country for boxing championships. In 1990 Johnny traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, commonly known as 'the Boxing Capital of the World,' so as to further his professional boxing career. After a number of fights, he managed to become the WBC Continental American Light Heavyweight Champion in June 1995. Johnny advanced in weight which led him to become the WBU Cruiser Weight Champion of the World, not once but twice in his career.
4. Johnny founded Yahya Worldwide, a promotional/management company
Besides having a successful boxing career, Johnny McClain, Laila Ali's ex-husband is also an entrepreneur. Johnny founded Yahya Worldwide in 1990, a Promotional/Management Company that focused on promoting jazz concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada, Georgia and Atlanta for a number of artists such as Aaron Hall, Najee, Jon B., Will Downy Jr., among several others. As he went on with training and boxing fights, Johnny managed to co-write and co-produce a teen dance show titled 'The Soda Pop Dance Show,' that aired live weekly on cable TV in Las Vegas.
5. Johnny has authored a book
Johnny McClain, Laila Ali's ex-husband has authored a book titled “And Still….The Memoirography of Yahya McClain” that is a full story about his life. Johnny has over the years interacted with different people with different backgrounds hence he sort of takes the reader on a tour of his life so that the reader can understand the kind of life he has led with major celebrities, friends, legendary icons, and foes.