Muhammad Ali’s grandson produces electric third-round knock-out

Nico Ali Walsh seems to be making good use of his unique boxing genes after producing a brilliant display to win his second professional fight, clinically beating James Westley II in Atlanta

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Nico Ali Walsh has quite the family legacy to live up to, but the grandson of the great Muhammad Ali has certainly made a superb start to his own boxing career.

The 21-year-old took on James Westley II on Saturday night in Atlanta, his second professional fight, and delivered a devastating performance as he knocked out his fellow American in the third round.

The middleweight bout backed up Ali Walsh’s debut display in August, when he overcame Jordan Weeks with a first-round technical knock-out.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing, with Westley, 36, catching the youngster with a brutal right hand, but incredibly Ali Walsh was undeterred and continued to attack his more experienced opponent before flooring him in the second round with a big right of his own.

Ali Walsh knocks down James Westley II during their fight in Atlanta on Saturday night


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He kept the pressure on in the third with another flurry of punches, at which point Westley dropped to his knee, and his corner threw in the towel before he could be counted out.

Ali Walsh was interviewed in the ring afterwards and was dismissive of Westley’s early blow.

“I know the crowd got excited seeing him hit me with a punch but I truly didn’t feel it,” he claimed.

And despite the inevitable comparisons with his grandfather, it’s a legacy he seemed keen to embrace, not avoid.

“I’m blessed that I am following the legacy of my grandfather. Everyone who loved my grandfather is now watching me,” he said, before conceding there was still plenty of room for improvement.

“I’m happy this fight went the way I did. There is stuff I need to work on.”

Ali Walsh was also victorious in his first fight against Jordan Weeks in Oklahoma

It’s not just his grandfather’s footsteps he’s following in however. Ali Walsh is the son of Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s daughter.

Her sister Laila Ali, boxed professionally from 1999 to 2007 and held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female super middleweight titles, and the IWBF light heavyweight title. She retired undefeated, and is widely regarded by boxing pundits as one of the greatest female boxers in history.

Ahead of his first fight in Oklahoma this summer, Ali Walsh signed a deal in June with Bob Arum, Tyson Fury’s co-promoter, who runs Top Rank Boxing.

As well as Fury, the likes of WBO welterweight champion Terrence Crawford and WBC light-heavyweight title holder Oleksandr Gvozdyk are also signed to the company.

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