The middleweight Ali Walsh, 20, is the son of Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s daughter.
“Signing with Top Rank is a dream come true,” Ali Walsh said of the multi-fight deal. “I am honored to continue the fighting legacy that my grandfather started. It is a responsibility I don’t take lightly.”
This is amazing. The first fight I promoted was his grandfather against Chuvalo in March of 1966. Who would have be… https://t.co/gjq4tl3rhM
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) 1624554258000
Ali Walsh said he will be juggling classes and being a professional boxer as he works to graduate next spring from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The signing brings 89-year-old Arum’s career, which began when he promoted his first fight for Ali in 1966, full circle.
“This is amazing,” said Arum. “Who would have believed that so many years later, we’d be promoting the pro debut of his grandson?”
Of note:- @NicoAliX74’s chief second in his corner will be SugarHill Steward, trainer of WBC & Lineal Heavyweight… https://t.co/WxVIOhvmZv
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) 1624552564000
In all, Arum promoted 27 of the late Ali’s fights including the epic ‘Thrilla in Manila’ bout against Joe Frazier and the rubber match against Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium.
“Nico’s grandfather was a pretty good fighter,” Arum quipped.
“Hopefully, Nico will emulate his success. He’s a young man of great character, which one would expect from Muhammad Ali’s grandson.”