A legacy continued: Muhammad Ali’s grandson wins pro boxing debut
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(Boxing news) In an emotional professional boxing debut, Nico Ali Walsh won on his debut wearing his legendary grandfather Muhammad Ali’s trunks from nearly half a century earlier. Walsh knocked out Jordan Weeks in the middleweight bout at Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The 21 year old boxer was wearing white trunks with a black trim, becoming the third generation of Ali boxers. Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila was a star women’s boxer while Nico Ali Walsh is the son of Ali’s other daughter, Rasheda.
Muhammad Ali, one of the most iconic and successful boxers in history is famously known for going 56-5 with 37 knockouts and becoming the heavyweight champion in the 1960’s and 1970’s, despite being banned for five years in his prime for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.
In the aftermath of the match, Ali Walsh was seen celebrating with his family, particularly with 89 year old promoter Bob Arum, who also promoted 27 of Muhammad Ali’s fights from 1966 to 1978. “The Greatest’ three time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away in 2016 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. Before his death, it’s well documented that the legendary boxer helped his then 15 year old grandson Nico Ali Walsh with his training via Facetime. The 21 year old will undoubtedly hope to continue the legacy of his grandfather, time will tell if he succeeds.
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