Nico Ali Walsh placed on a present within the boxing ring Saturday evening (Aug. 14) that will have made his legendary grandfather proud.
The 21-year-old middleweight grandson of Muhammad Ali received his debut skilled struggle with a first-round TKO of in opposition to Jordan Weeks on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla.
“Alhamdulillah for the victory! I’m blessed and honored to say that I continued history tonight. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that supported me! I brought my grandfather in the ring with me by wearing his shorts for the first and final time as a professional fighter. I’m more than proud to say: The Legacy Continues…,” Ali Walsh stated in an Instagram submit.
Ali Walsh is the son of Muhammad Ali’s daught Rasheda Ali Walsh. His grandfather, dubbed the best of all time, died in 2016. He was an Olympic gold medalist and a three-time world heavyweight champion.
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The household’s boxing legacy consists of Ali Walsh’s aunt, Laila Ali, who was an expert boxer from 1998 to 2007 and undefeated with a 24-0 document.
“I’ve never been able to escape my grandfather, no matter what sport I played,” Ali Walsh instructed the New York Times. “I’m starting to embrace it. It’s very hard to do, but you have to embrace the legacy, no matter what it is. Everybody becomes stronger when they embrace what they’re destined to do.”
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