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Muhammad Ali’s ‘perfect’ grandson – a future champion?

Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, is a ‘perfect sort of athlete’ who has been primed for his pro debut by Tyson Fury’s trainer, says promoter Bob Arum.

Ali Walsh, who is the son of Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, has signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank and will have his first professional fight on August 14.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum promoted 27 of Muhammad Ali fights, including the epic “Thrilla in Manila” bout against Joe Frazier, and revealed how the 20-year-old has already impressed the head coach of a current heavyweight star.

Nico Ali Walsh
Tyson Fury’s head trainer Sugarhill Steward is working with Ali Walsh

“She [Rasheda] has two sons, both of whom were football players,” Arum told Sky Sports. “Now, this son decided that he wanted to be a boxer.

“Lovely, lovely kid. Very, very well spoken and we’ve had him training with Sugarhill Steward, who is Tyson’s trainer, and he said the kid has ability.

“We’re going to start him on the road and you’ll see the fight over in the UK. It’s on August 14, and he’ll be on that card.

“Then we’ll bring him hopefully to Madison Square Garden, where his grandfather excelled and we can show him in the Garden.”

Sugarhill Steward will be part of the young prospect’s corner team, while a fellow graduate from the famed Kronk Gym, Richard T. Slone, will be the trainer and cut man.

Ali Walsh is currently combining his promising boxing career with university studies, having targeted a bachelor’s degree in business next spring.

“I’m doing what I love,” Ali Walsh said. “Signing with Top Rank is a dream come true.

“I am honoured to continue the fighting legacy that my grandfather started. It is a responsibility I don’t take lightly.”

With charisma and well-schooled boxing skills, Arum believes Ali Walsh has the qualities needed to carry the family name back into the media spotlight.

Nico Ali Walsh
Nico Ali Walsh’s grandfather was guided by Top Rank boss Bob Arum

“Well he’ll have to deal with it [the level of expectation] but he seems like a well-grounded young man,” Arum told Sky Sports.

“He’s very intelligent. He’s educated and he appears to me to be like a perfect sort of athlete that you want to introduce to the public, even if he wasn’t Ali’s grandson.

“It’s really on his shoulders, carrying on the legacy of the greatest fighter of all time, but if anybody can handle it, I think this kid can handle it.

“I actually want to bring him over to London to fight. They’ll go crazy.”

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‘98% of men in the world can’t beat me’: Claressa Shields declares she’s the second greatest boxer of all time behind Muhammad Ali

US boxing star Claressa Shields has compared herself to perhaps the greatest fighter of all time, Muhammad Ali – saying she is second only to him and claiming that “98 percent of men in the world” would be unable to beat her.

The first US boxer to claim gold at two consecutive Olympic Games is set to fight Marie-Eve Dicaire on Friday, when she can unify all four super welterweight championship belts.

Shields insists that people routinely overlook her bold pronouncements about her talent but believes that talking about herself alongside luminaries such as Ali is the only way to make viewers appreciate her.

“I don’t box for a hobby,” Shields said. “It’s not a hobby. It’s my career, and I feel like people underestimate me when I speak about how great I am,” 

But if I didn’t say how great I am, no-one in this room would have ever called me great because they don’t recognize it.

“Only the greats know that they’re great. Like Muhammad Ali. Nobody called him the greatest of all time.

“They actually called him the ‘Louisville Lip’ because he talked too much.
Muhammad Ali is first and Claressa Shields is second.

“I am the greatest woman of all time, and 98 percent of men in the world can’t beat me.”

The 25-year-old can also claim the undisputed junior middleweight championship title and the vacant WBA belt on Friday, as well as defending her WBC and WBO straps.

Shields is the holder of nine championships and the fastest person to ever grab titles across three divisions in boxing.
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