Ali’s grandson pays tribute to boxing legend after winning professional debut
Muhammad Ali's grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, has claimed his first professional win in his debut bout on Saturday.
The 21-year-old secured a victory via a first-round stoppage over his middleweight opponent Jordan Weeks in their bout in Catoosa, Oklahoma.
Walsh wore a pair of trunks designed for his grandfather, and he left Weeks on the canvas twice under the first two minutes.
"Obviously my grandfather, I’ve been thinking of him so much. I miss him. It’s been an emotional journey,” he told ESPN after the bout.
“I think me and him (Weeks) made a little bit of history tonight. This lived up completely to my expectations."
He then spoke about his grandfather: "I've been thinking about him so much. I miss him.
"It seems like a lot of pressure but, to me, he's just my grandfather. To the crowd, he is the greatest fighter who ever lived and maybe the greatest person.
"To me? He's the greatest grandfather!"
His mother Rasheda, was the second-oldest of Ali's nine children, and she watched on at ringside as Walsh posed in a similar way to Ali after he won.
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Walsh was trained by Sugarhill Steward, who also trains Tyson Fury.
And the bout was promoted by Bob Arum, the legendary promoter who also watched over Ali's bouts in the 1960s.
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