Nico Ali Walsh Bags First Win Under New Trainer
Middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh is all over social media for all the right reasons.
The 21-year-old rolled back the years on Saturday night when he emulated the same shuffle that his grandfather and boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, introduced to the world.
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On Saturday night, Walsh beat Jeremiah Yeager with a second-round TKO to race to his first win under Richard T. Slone, a former heavyweight boxer and Joe Frazier’s protége. This stoppage marked his fourth straight win.
Slone has just taken up the mantle of Walsh’s head trainer, but they have known each other for a long time.
“Working with Slone is a blessing to my career”, Walsh said in an interview days before the Yeager fight.
“Most people recognize Rich Slone as the world’s greatest boxing artist but I’ve known him for many years. I know his extensive background working with Joe Frazier and Emanuel Steward as a professional boxing trainer. Together we will do great things.”
Slone too lauded his student’s work ethic, who put up a show on Saturday with his heavy hands and never let Yeager take away his momentum.
Before the fight, he had said that Walsh’s performance will speak for the work the Top Rank star puts in behind the scenes.
“Working with Nico is something I never anticipated but I have known him for most of his life and I know that he has a good work ethic,” Slone said.
He has spent over a decade training boxers and working corners for top fighters with Emanuel Steward.
Previously, Tyson Fury’s coach Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward was the chief cornerman for Walsh.