Tyson Fury gave me ‘the best advice I have heard’ reveals Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh as he prepares for his professional debut
MUHAMMAD ALI’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh showed his appreciation for Tyson Fury in preparation for his first professional fight.
Walsh, 20, is set to fight on August 14 after signing his first professional contract with Top Rank last month.
And Sugarhill Steward, Fury’s trainer, will coach Walsh, who is the son of Ali’s daughter, Rasheda Ali Walsh.
Appearing on ESPN Walsh was asked what it was like working with Sugarhill and what to expect from him as a boxer.
He said: “My biggest asset as a fighter is that I box because I love it, but I box because the heritage 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.”
And Top Rank boss Bob Arum, Ali’s former promoter, certainly thinks Walsh is capable of putting on a show.
He’s up to some big things for the fighter, starting with a possible UK fight next month.
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Arum said Air sports: “(He’s a) lovely, lovable 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.”
Eddie Hearn is hosting a Matchroom Fight Camp on August 14 so that attention can focus on Joshua Buatsi vs. Ricards Bolotniks, which is scheduled for that date.
But Fury may have his eyes on Walsh’s first fight and if he can transfer his amateur record to the pro realm.