Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh extended his undefeated record as he sealed the win over Alejandro Ibarra with a stunning one-punch knockout on Saturday.
The bout between Ali Walsh and Ibarra featured on the undercard of Shakur Stevenson versus Oscar Valdez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old landed the winning blow in the first round to continue his fine start to his professional boxing career.
Ali Walsh is the son of Rasheda Ali, the second-oldest child of boxing icon Ali. The former world heavyweight champion – whose record stood at 56-5 – is the father to nine children.
Following his sensational win of Ibrrra, Ali Walsh possesses a record of 5-0 – with three victories coming via knockout. He secured the knockout with just seconds in the first round remaining.
He started the fight well by countering Ibarra and landing some great combinations off of his jab. Ibarra was taking some hard hooks to the body from Ali Walsh and was getting countered whilst trying to walk him down.
In the final twenty seconds of a dominant opening round, Ali Walsh landed the lethal combination to floor Ibarra who appeared to be unconscious before he even struck the canvas. Referee Russell Mora waved the fight off immediately to seal Ibarra's fifth win.
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It was a second defeat in nine pro fights for Ibarra, who was sent to the floor by a devastating left hook-right hand combination. The Las Vegas crowd chanted ‘Ali! Ali!’ – and Ali Walsh certainly enjoyed it as he paid tribute to his iconic grandfather.
He added that his mother Rasheda gets emotional after fights due to Ali Walsh’s dedication to honouring his memory as he embarks on his own professional career. Ali Walsh said: “This is just a testament to all the work I put in.
“Stuff like this happens when you put the work in. I'm bringing my grandpa back to life, and that's why mum gets so emotional because she's seeing her dad again and hearing her dad's name to me.”
Muhammad Ali died in June 2016 aged 74.
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