MUHAMMAD ALI’S grandson Nico produced a sensational one-punch knockout on his Las Vegas debut last night.
Nico Ali Walsh fought Alejandro Ibarra on the Shakur Stevenson-Oscar Valdez undercard at the MGM Grand.
Nico poses with his late, great granddad Muhammas Ali
The 21-year-old floored Ibarra with a sensational right-hand within two minutes to take his professional record to 5-0.
As the grandson of boxing royalty, Ali Walsh has felt the weight of expectation during the early stages of his career.
But he is taking it in his stride so far, staying composed.
After his win, he admitted that his mother sees the great Muhammad in him when he fights.
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He 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 mom gets so emotional because she’s seeing her dad again and hearing her dad’s name to me.
“I was setting him up with the right hand. I noticed his left hand was going down when he threw the jab.
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“I was trying to counter it, and that’s what I did. I wish the best for him and his team.
“He’s a true warrior. But I just waited for that setup, and I saw it and I took advantage.”
Later in the evening, Stevenson defeated Valdez to become unified super featherweight champion.
The New Jersey-native handed Valdez the first defeat of his career, before getting engaged to partner Young Lyric in the ring.
Elsewhere, Katie Taylor defeated Amanda Serrano via split decision on a historic night for women’s boxing at a packed Madison Square Garden in Manhatten, New York.