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Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his pro boxing debut.

Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his pro boxing debut.

Nico Ali Walsh followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Muhammad Ali by recording a victory on his professional boxing debut. Walsh, 21, stopped opponent Jordan Weeks with a first round technical knockout in a one-sided middleweight contest in Oklahoma. He also wore a pair of white and black shorts his grandfather had gifted him during the fight. To me, it’s just my grandfather,” Walsh said. Arum, who promoted several of Ali’s fights, celebrated with Walsh in the ring after the referee stopped the fight inside the first round.

Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his professional boxing debut.

Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his professional boxing debut.

Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of former heavyweight champion and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, defeated Jordan Weeks by technical knockout in his professional boxing debut on Saturday. Middleweight fighter Ali Walsh is the son of Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali's daughter. Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, has won on his professional debutThe 21-year-old defeated Jordan Weeks via first round technical knockout in OklohamaNico Ali-Walsh will be wearing a pair of his grandfather Muhammad Ali’s trunks from the 1960s when make his pro debut tonight. It's been an emotional journey,' ESPN quoted Ali Walsh as saying. 'It seems like a lot of pressure; to me, it's just my grandfather,' said Ali Walsh, who grew up in Las Vegas.

In his debut triumph, Nico Ali Walsh wears a present from his grandfather Muhammad Ali.

In his debut triumph, Nico Ali Walsh wears a present from his grandfather Muhammad Ali.

Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of former heavyweight champion and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, defeated Jordan Weeks by technical knockout in his professional boxing debut on Saturday. Middleweight fighter Ali Walsh is the son of Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s daughter. Ali Walsh, who wore trunks his grandfather had given to him, knocked down Weeks midway through the first round before the referee stopped the fight shortly afterwards. It’s been an emotional journey,” Ali Walsh told ESPN. “It seems like a lot of pressure; to me, it’s just my grandfather,” said Ali Walsh, who grew up in Las Vegas.

After the 'headbutt' scandal, Joshua Franco defeats Andrew Moloney in a trilogy fight to put an end to their feud.

After the 'headbutt' scandal, Joshua Franco defeats Andrew Moloney in a trilogy fight to put an end to their feud.

Joshua Franco ended any doubts by winning the decisive third fight against Andrew Moloney on Saturday night in Oklahoma – cruelly, he received help from an instant replay. After an instant replay, the referee's decision was upheld but Moloney raged that his legal punches had caused the damage and he had been wrongly robbed of a win. Instant replay was again used on Saturday night and correctly over-ruled the referee's decision to award Moloney a knock-down, when it became clear Franco had slipped. Franco was able to defend his WBA super-flyweight championship via unanimous decision to draw a line under this controversial rivalry. Image: Franco drew a line under this controversial rivalry"We just told each other, all that talking is part of the game, part of building the fight up.

Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his pro debut by TKO.

Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammed Ali's grandson, wins his pro debut by TKO.

Nico Ali Walsh, a grandson of boxing great Muhammad Ali, scored a first-round TKO victory in his professional boxing debut against Jordan Weeks on Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla.Ali Walsh, 21, was greeted with chants of “Ali” in the first round by the crowd, and quickly excited the crowd with a knockdown midway through the first. Ali Walsh finished with a flurry of punches before the fight was stopped. Weeks, 29, has a background in mixed martial arts. This story will be updated. (Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)