Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, reveals the inspiration behind her boxing career—and, surprisingly, her father had nothing to do with it.

In an interview with Oprah: Where Are They Now? the athlete admits that her father’s career was not what influenced her own.

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“I actually didn’t have the idea to even step into the ring until I saw women’s boxing on television for the first time,” Ali says. “I mean, they walked out of the ring with blood all over them and everything, and I was like, ‘That’s for me! I want to do that.'”

Ali recounts how after being inspired by the representation of these female athletes, she quietly began training,

“So I started training after school, after work, every night. And of course, it got around. I mean, Muhammad Ali’s daughter’s in the gym. People are asking me, ‘Are you going to fight?’ and I’m like, ‘No, I’m just trying to lose weight,'” Ali remembers saying.

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Word got around to her father, who confronted her about it. “He says, ‘are you fighting?’ And I say ‘yes it’s true.’ Of course, he did everything he could to try and talk me out of it indirectly, but it didn’t work,” says the undefeated former boxer.