Muhammad Ali's Grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, Beats Jordan Weeks Via 1st-Round TKO

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2021

CATOOSA, OKLAHOMA - AUGUST 12: Nico Ali Walsh poses during the press conference at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on August 12, 2021 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
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Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of legendary heavyweight Muhammad Ali, wasted little time making a name for himself in his pro debut. The 21-year-old middleweight dominated Jordan Weeks en route to a first-round technical knockout win at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Ali Walsh scored a quick knockdown with a right hand to Weeks' chin, who was clearly stunned by the blow. The fight ended just a few seconds later, as Ali Walsh rocked Weeks again with a sharp right hand to the temple. With Weeks unable to return fire, the referee waved off the fight with just over a minute left in the first round.

Here's a look at the stoppage, per Top Rank Boxing:

Top Rank Boxing @trboxing

And the pro career for the grandson of The Greatest is officially up and running 😤 @NicoAliX74 (1-0, 1 KO) earns the first round stoppage! #FrancoMoloney3 | ESPN https://t.co/kFOqPDZrSY

Boxing journalist Dan Rafael noted Ali Walsh was wearing a special pair of trunks for the bout:

Dan Rafael @DanRafael1

Flipped over just in time to see @NicoAliX74, Muhammad Ali's grandson, score a knockdown and then stop Jordan Weeks in the 1st round of his pro debut! Ali Walsh was wearing a pair of his grandfather's 1960s trunks. I love that. #boxing

Most boxers begin their pro careers in obscurity, fighting early on undercards in small venues, far from the spotlight. But because of his famous lineage, Ali Walsh instead introduced himself to boxing fans in a prime slot on a nationally televised card. He looked plenty comfortable under the bright lights against a clearly overmatched opponent, and even got some "Ali" chants when the fight began.

Top Rank Boxing @trboxing

The "ALI, ALI, ALI" chants in the opening moments 👀 @NicoAliX74's pro debut is LIVE NOW on ESPN https://t.co/7eLSfdKZ4l

Weeks, now 4-2 in his pro boxing career, was an easy first opponent for Ali Walsh, considering he's spent more time as an MMA fighter. He had no answer for Ali Walsh, whose jab found the target with ease. Weeks' offense didn't give Ali Walsh any reason to back up, so the debutant hung around in the pocket and followed the jabs with those crisp power shots. 

Ali Walsh and his team can breathe a sigh of relief now that step one is taken care of. The young prizefighter will likely be brought along slowly, as he only fought about 30 times as an amateur. He'll have a great opportunity to maximize his talent working with trainer SugarHill Steward, who also trains WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

If he can stay focused and sharpen his skills, Ali Walsh will have plenty more opportunities to shine on a national stage.