Muhammad Ali’s Grandson Nico Ali Walsh Captures First-Round TKO In Pro Boxing Debut
Wearing a pair of white-and-black trunks his grandfather gifted him, Nico Ali Walsh’s professional boxing debut was over in the matter of moments.
Walsh – Muhammad Ali’s grandson – scored a first round knockout over Jordan Weeks in a middleweight bout in the undercard of Joshua Franco versus Andrew Moloney on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Obviously, my grandfather, I’ve been thinking about him so much,” Walsh said after the win. “I miss him and it’s just an emotional journey.”
Walsh quickly overpowered his opponent. The 21-year-old delivered a barrage of punches, bloodying Weeks’ face, before the referee stopped the match.
He struck a similar pose after his win.
Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh struck a familiar pose after winning his pro boxing debut tonight. pic.twitter.com/MmIPw42aO3
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) August 15, 2021
“The Greatest” Ali died in June 2016, just shy of Walsh’s 16th birthday. Walsh said, before his grandfather’s death, he directly asked him if he should pursue an amateur career in boxing. His grandfather encouraged it.
“I wanted his blessing and if I didn’t get his blessing, I wouldn’t be boxing today,” he said.
Weeks, 29, was handed his second straight loss Saturday. He currently has a record of four wins and two losses with two knockouts. The South Carolina native also has a pro MMA record of three wins and four losses.