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Footage emerges of Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh practicing an exact punch that earned him a first-round knockout in the latest fight


It is practice makes perfect.

That old adage certainly held true for Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh, who was caught on camera practicing the same move he knocked out Alejandro Ibarra with moments before stepping into the ring.

It’s still early days for Nico Ali Walsh but he’s on the right track
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Footage emerges of Muhammad Ali's grandson Nico Ali Walsh practicing an exact punch that earned him a first-round knockout in the latest fight
Nico Ali Walsh grew up with ‘The Greatest’ as a grandfather
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Ali Walsh’s budding career has garnered considerable attention since his professional debut, which is understandable given his grandfather’s iconic status.

The middleweight has impressed somewhat so far, winning his first four fights with three knockouts.

But on Saturday night, on Stevenson’s undercard against Valdez, he made a real statement with a stunning stoppage win to make it 5-0.

This knockout, however, was not just a fluke as footage emerged of Ali Walsh practicing that same punch moments before his fight.

ESPN Ringside tweeted the video with the caption: “Nico Ali Walsh practiced the knockout punch right before heading to the ring.”

And, in his post-fight interview, Ali Walsh talked about the punch that got him the win.


“It’s just a testament to all the work I’ve done.” said Ali Walsh. β€œThings like that happen when you put the work in place.

β€œI’m bringing my grandfather back to life, and that’s why mom is so emotional because she sees her dad again and hears her dad’s name from me.

β€œI was setting it up with my right hand. I noticed his left hand going down when he threw the jab.

β€œI was trying to counter it, and that’s what I did.

β€œI wish the best for him and his team. He is a true warrior. But I just waited for this setup, and saw it and enjoyed it”

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