A singular and naturally understandable uproar has originated in the American boxing grounds — which will surely spread to other latitudes where the discipline has thousands of followers — the announcement of the professional debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of the legendary former champion of all the weights Muhammad Ali, the most renowned athlete of the last century and one of the greatest fighters in history.
Nico Ali will make his professional debut on the 14th of next month at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a hint of the all-star fight between Texan Joshua Franco and Australian Andrew Moloney for the former's WBA super flyweight regular crown.
Nico still has no rival appointed by Bob Arum's Top Rank, who staged 27 Ali bouts, including the Manila on 1/10/75 against Joe Frazier, won by Ali in 14 rounds, and Ali's against Ken Norton. in Los Angeles, on 10/9/73 in San Diego in which Ali took revenge 6 months after the ex-marine, who previously fractured his jaw and won him a decision divided into 12 rounds.
Ali's grandson, Nico, 20, a university student in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the son of retired Marine Sergeant Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali (Jamillah's twin), Ali's daughter from his second marriage. with actress Belinda Boyd - Rasheda is a prominent speaker (the genes of the father, who spoke up to the elbows), who raises funds to combat Parkinson's, the disease that afflicted his father since 1981 and that ultimately led to him. to death from various complications, on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74. Ali is the only fighter in history to have won the heavyweight title three times, which he did in 1964, 1974 and 1978.
Little is known about Nico Ali's amateur performance. It has barely been disclosed that he has made about 30 fights, with no information about the record of wins, losses and losses. Arum, who signed him for several fights, when he announced his signature to the pro said a little jokingly that “his grandfather was a pretty good fighter. Hopefully Nico will emulate his success. He has great character, which is to be expected in a grandson of Muhammad Ali. " For his part, the young man said that “I am honored to continue my grandfather's legacy of struggle. I am doing what I love and proud to have signed with Top Rank. "
Ali's grandson is only the third person in the family to take up boxing as a profession. Before it did Laila Ali, one of the ten children of the famous Bigmouth, whom Time magazine said was one of the most influential personalities in the United States in the 1999th century, not only for his brilliance in boxing, but also for his fights in the field of civics in defense of their race and religion and against racism. Laila Ali was the super middleweight champion and the complete lightweight champion in the IBF, WBC and IBA women's versions. He fought from 2007–21 and retired undefeated with 24 knockouts in XNUMX fights, no draws.
Back with Nico Ali Walsh, his debut fight will mark, as we pointed out before, the world championship match for the super-handsome regular scepter of the World Boxing Association that will star Joshua Franco, defending champion, and Andrew Moloney. It will be the third battle between them. In the first, Franco won by unanimous decision on June 23 of last year in La Burbuja in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five months later they faced each other on the same stage and the fight was suspended in the second round due to a controversial blow to the eye received by Franco and that the referee Russell Mora appreciated was an accidental blow, even though the video leaves the impression having been a legal hit. It is assumed that the controversy led to the replay of the meeting on the 14th of next month, as we said.