Muhammad Ali’s boxing grandson says Tyson Fury gave him ‘the best advice’ ahead of his debut
Muhammad Ali’s boxing grandson has revealed he received “best advice” for his Tyson Fury debut.
20-year-old Nico Ali Walsh will face the first fight of his professional career on August 14 after signing a multi-fight contract with Top Rank.
And he has the challenge of upholding his grandfather’s reputation, with the boxer formerly known as Cassius Clay being considered the greatest heavyweight of all time.
But Walsh, the son of Ali Rasheda’s daughter Ali Walsh and retired US Marine Corps Sergeant Robert Walsh, also took inspiration from Fury.
The youngster trained with Gypsy King coach Sugarhill Steward before his first professional fight.
And the 20-year-old also received advice from the Briton ahead of his WBC heavyweight clash against
Speaking on ESPN, Walsh said, “My biggest asset as a fighter is that I box because I love it, but I box because the legacy is so important to me.
“It really fuels me in boxing, so I feel like I’m able to do some things that I wouldn’t be able to do without this heritage.
“Tyson Fury actually gave me the best advice I’ve heard. He said he had 35 amateur fights: if you can fight, you can fight.”
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Walsh entered the Top Rank in late June, having fought in nearly five fights less than the Gypsy King before turning pro.
He said Air sports: “I do what I love. Signing with Top Rank is a dream come true. I will have fun on August 14th and next time I fight.
“Top Rank will give me the name, date and location, and I’ll have a good time. I’m honored to continue the fighting legacy my grandfather started. It’s a responsibility I don’t take on. the slight.”
Walsh also receives advice from another man linked to his grandfather, Bob Arum – who has promoted 27 of Ali’s fights during his career.
He said, “(He’s a) lovely, lovely kid. Very, very well spoken and we had him train with Sugarhill Steward, who is Tyson’s trainer, and he said the kid has abilities.
“We’re going to launch it on the road and you’ll see the fight end in the UK. It’s August 14th and it will be on this map.
“Then we’ll take him, hopefully, to Madison Square Garden, where his grandfather excelled, and we can show him off in the garden.”