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Muhammad Ali’s grandson wins first professional fight in first round


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uhammad Ali’s grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, won his first professional boxing fight on Saturday night.

The 21-year-old secured a first round stoppage victory over middleweight opponent Jordan Weeks in their bout in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the US.

Ali Walsh, who wore trunks made for his grandfather, left Weeks on the canvas twice in the first two minutes of the fight and claimed victory by TKO before the first round was out.

“Obviously my grandfather, I’ve been thinking of him so much. I miss him. It’s been an emotional journey,” ESPN quoted Ali Walsh as saying.

“I think me and him (Weeks) made a little bit of history tonight. This lived up completely to my expectations.

Muhammad Ali, nicknamed “The Greatest”, died in June 2016. His record-setting boxing career, unprecedented flair for showmanship and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.

Ali Walsh, who is trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps into professional boxing, said Muhammad Ali was “the greatest fighter who lived”.

“It seems like a lot of pressure; to me, it’s just my grandfather,” said Ali Walsh, who grew up in Las Vegas.

“He’s the greatest fighter who ever lived – maybe the greatest person,” Walsh said.

“I’m never wearing these trunks again,” he added.

Additional reporting by Reuters.


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