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Nico Ali Walsh: Muhammad Ali’s grandson on creating his own legacy and his admiration for Tyson Fury | boxing news


As boxing’s biggest name returns to the sporting capital of the world on Saturday night, Nico Ali Walsh insists he won’t fall into the ‘impossible’ trap of trying to emulate his great-grandfather’s storied career. father Muhammad Ali.

The 21-year-old makes his Las Vegas debut on the undercard of Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez’s super featherweight unification clash, with his presence on the bill only adding intrigue to one of the most anticipated fights of the year, which is live on Sky Sports.

After winning all four of his professional fights since his debut in August last year, Ali Walsh takes on fellow American Alejandro Ibarra at middleweight at the MGM Grand.

“It’s impossible,” Ali Walsh says of being able to emulate his grandfather.

“I want to continue my grandfather’s legacy in the ring and outside the ring, but in doing so I want to create my own path, a legacy of my own. No one will be able to do what my grandfather did, no one will ever be able to reach the heights they have, I don’t think so that’s not what I’m trying to do, I’m not trying to do the impossible, but even better, I’m trying to take inspiration from it and create my own thing.”

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Ali Walsh showed his heavy hands and an “Ali shuffle” by knocking out Jeremiah Yeager in Tulsa.

“I feel the pressure to be a fighter in general. You put your life on the line every time you step into the ring, literally. Everyone feels that pressure, I’m no different to anyone who fights. They feel the pressure this guy tries to knock me out, I try to knock him out and that’s it.”

Ali Walsh accepting that emulation The best, a three-time world heavyweight champion who has transcended the sports world, is unrealistic, reflects his maturity rather than a lack of confidence.

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He had three saves in his first four professional fights, with the brutal knockout of Jeremiah Yeager in January his most impressive performance to date.

“I never set limits, but I wouldn’t have started boxing, even as an amateur, if it wasn’t for taking it to the top,” says Ali Walsh. “That’s where I seek to go and that’s where I believe I will go with my work ethic and what’s deep inside me.”

“I hide Ali’s name to avoid being treated differently at university”

The serene progress Ali Walsh made during the early stages of his professional career is all the more impressive as he balances a college degree in business and entrepreneurship.

Although he admits boxing has taken a back seat to studies, especially since turning professional last year, Ali Walsh has refused to use his famous last name to cut corners.

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Ali Walsh says he had no intention of putting on a show against Jeremiah Yeager but got carried away by the emotions of the fight.

“Next month I will graduate,” he says. “It was interesting, yesterday I had to get my cap and gown back.

“Sometimes it’s hard to deal with school and boxing. Some have to suffer and it won’t be boxing. I slacked off a bit at school, but I’m fine, my grades are good, I get my next month graduation and I was able to do it.

“I use the name Nico Walsh at school. I try to keep the word Ali as far away from my upbringing as possible. Some teachers have found out who I am, but I don’t want to be treated differently, than they love my grandfather, or they don’t love him.”

‘Fury is among the greatest | I need to fight in the UK’

After watching Tyson Fury defend his WBC heavyweight title with a stunning knockout win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley last weekend, Ali Walsh took to Twitter to express his admiration for the champion.

While some boxing analysts have wondered how the current heavyweight crop would hold up against previous eras, Ali Walsh is adamant that Fury is one of the best divisions of all time.

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Former WBO heavyweight champion Johnny Nelson believes Tyson Fury is the best fighter in the world right now after knocking out Dillian Whyte.

“Tyson Fury is one of my idols,” says Ali Walsh. “I really think he ranks among the greatest heavyweights of all time. I think he’s in the top five heavyweights of all time.

“I didn’t say no 1. No one can beat my grandpa. Yeah, I’m biased saying that. I don’t think anyone can beat my grandpa from here, from before, from future, but Tyson Fury, he is Tyson Fury, he speaks for himself.

During his 61-fight career, Muhammad Ali fought twice in London, beating Henry Cooper at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium and Brian London at Earls Court in the summer of 1966.

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Tyson Fury was quick to remind fans of the realities of life, as he and coach SugarHill Steward take out the trash just days after selling Wembley!

Fighting on British soil is one area where Ali Walsh is comfortable expressing his desire to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.

“For people in the UK, they are the biggest boxing fans in the world,” he says. “I know they were big fans of my grandfather and he was a fan of them, so I’m doing this for the people in the UK and my fans in Vegas.

“I’ve never been to the UK. I need a fight in the UK. My promoter is okay with that. It’s coming soon and I’m really looking forward to that fight.”