On Saturday, Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of former heavyweight champion and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, defeated Jordan Weeks in his professional boxing debut via technical knockout.
Ali Walsh, a middleweight fighter, is the son of Robert Walsh and Muhammad Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali Walsh.
In June, the 21-year-old inked a contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing, ahead of his first professional bout in Oklahoma.
Ali Walsh, who was dressed in trunks fashioned for his renowned grandfather in the 1960s, knocked out Weeks midway through the first round before the fight was stopped at 1:49.
Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of boxing superstar Muhammad Ali, has won on his professional debut. The 21-year-old defeated Jordan Weeks through first-round technical knockout in Oklohama. When he makes his pro debut tonight, he will be wearing a pair of his grandfather Muhammad Ali's trunks from the 1960s.
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'It's been an emotional road,' Ali Walsh said, according to ESPN.
'I think me and him (Weeks) made some history tonight,' she says.
Muhammad Ali, often known as 'The Greatest,' died in June 2016 after a long battle with cancer.
He became one of the most well-known characters of the twentieth century thanks to his record-setting boxing career, unrivaled flare for spectacle, and controversial positions.
Ali Walsh (L) wore the same boxing shorts as his famed father (R) in the 1960s. The American is the son of Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali Walsh, and the two hugged after the battle. Ali Walsh photographed with his legendary grandfather, the man nicknamed 'The Greatest,' who died in 2016. Ali Walsh, who is attempting to follow in his grandfather's footsteps into professional boxing, claimed Muhammad Ali was 'the best'.
'It appears to be a lot of pressure; to me, it's just my grandfather,' Ali Walsh, a Las Vegas native, said.
'He's the greatest boxer and possibly the greatest person who ever lived,' Walsh remarked.
'I'm never going to wear these trunks again,' he declared.
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