Nico Ali Walsh entered the identical ring the place his grandfather, Muhammad Ali, shared a few of his best moments.
And identical to his grandfather, Ali Walsh exited the Madison Square Garden ring a winner.
Ali Walsh, 21, defeated Reyes Sanchez, to enhance to 3-0 in his younger boxing profession. It was the primary time one among his fights went the space, popping out on high by way of majority determination. It marked the primary lack of Sanchez’s profession, who entered the evening 6-0.
“It was an honor to fight here,” Ali Walsh stated after the battle. “I’m just looking to build off every single fight. I’m looking to learn and improve every single fight. I’ve already reached the pinnacle having fought here.”
The middleweight bout kicked off the Vasiliy Lomachenko versus Richard Commey major card.
“Ali, Ali, Ali” chants echoed all through the Garden as Ali Walsh completed the second spherical in a flurry, tagging Sanchez with a number of physique pictures. He appeared near ending Sanchez’s evening early, hurting him with a proper hand with about 30 seconds left the spherical, however the 29-year-old Sanchez survived to listen to the bell.
Sanchez had the higher hand within the third spherical, as Ali Walsh appeared fatigued going additional right into a battle than he had in both of his earlier professional bouts, and admitted “I did close to nothing.” He collected himself within the fourth and ultimate spherical, nonetheless, ending sturdy and leaving with a 38-38, 40-36, 39-37 victory.
It was an excellent take a look at for Ali Walsh, who feels he’s being moved alongside in his profession faster than regular as a consequence of his final title.
“As much as I’m glad, I’m accepting of it,” Ali Walsh stated. “I’m getting fast-tracked, and I’m fighting better guys than a normal person with three fights would be fighting, but I just gotta learn quicker.”
Fifty years after his grandfather’s well-known “Fight of the Century” at MSG, one other Ali has his Garden second.
“It’s amazing,” he stated. “ It’s a piece of history to be in here, let alone fight here.”