Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of the legendary Muhammad Ali, signed a contract for several fights with Top rank and will make his professional debut on August 14 at ESPN, in a four-round middleweight bout.
“I’m doing what I love,” he said Ali in a statement from Top rank. “Sign with Top rank It is a dream come true, I will have a lot of fun this August 14 and every time I get in the ring, Top rank He will give me the name, the date and the venue and I will have a great time ”.
Walsh he enrolls with Bob arum, who promoted 27 of the Ali, including his fights against Joe frazier, on Manila, and before Ken Norton, in the Yankee Stadium between 1975 and 1976.
The grandson of the legend takes on the challenge and the weight of the historic name in boxing and pointed out that he is ready to move on.
“I am honored to continue the legacy that my grandfather started long ago,” he commented. “It is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.”
At the moment Nico reside in Las Vegas and added 30 matches as an amateur. He is a student at the University of Las Vegas, where he studies business and hopes to graduate next year.
“For the history of the family it represents a lot that Nico sign with Top rank”, He pointed Mike joyce, uncle of Ali. “I have taken many with him and they have always treated him in the best way. I think I was slightly indebted to him and I also think he is the right promoter for a brilliant path that we all dream of. “
About the historic deal, Bob arum He said flattered to continue with the story of the surname Ali and hope that Nico get all the success of your grandfather.
“His grandfather was fantastic, hopefully he can emulate all his success,” commented the promoter. “He is a young boy, has a great character and is someone worthy of being the grandson of Muhammad Ali“.
Richard T Slone will be your coach, while Sugar hill steward, current preparer of Tyson fury, will be the second in command ahead of the professional debut.
– @ NicoAliX74‘s chief second in his corner will be SugarHill Steward, trainer of WBC & Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
– @BobArum promoted 27 of his grandfather’s fights, including the epic “Thrilla in Manila” bout vs. Joe Frazier.
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