TULSA, Okla. — Nico Ali Walsh made a profitable professional debut Saturday night time, successful within the first spherical after which paying homage to his grandfather, Muhammad Ali.
Sporting trunks made for his grandfather, Ali Walsh knocked down his outmatched opponent halfway by means of the primary spherical earlier than the middleweight battle was lastly stopped at 1:49 of the spherical with Ali Walsh touchdown unanswered punches to the pinnacle.
“It’s been an emotional journey, this complete trip,” Ali Walsh mentioned. “Clearly, my grandfather, I’ve been fascinated with him a lot. I miss him.”
The battle between Ali Walsh, a 21-year-old faculty pupil, and Jordan Weeks was notable not due to something the 2 had finished within the ring, however as a result of Ali Walsh was making an attempt to observe in his grandfather’s giant footsteps into boxing.
Nonetheless, Ali Walsh appeared competent for a relative novice and displayed good hand velocity and energy towards Weeks, an MMA fighter who had been stopped in his final boxing match.
Ali Walsh celebrated with relations within the ring afterward together with 89-year-old promoter Bob Arum, who promoted 27 of Muhammad Ali’s fights.
“I’m a believer in genes,” Arum mentioned.
Ali Walsh mentioned the white trunks with black lining had been made for his grandfather, who gave them to him.
“I’m by no means carrying these trunks once more,” he mentioned.