June twenty fourth, 2021
Corridor of Famer promoter Bob Arum has continued his legacy with the household of Muhammad Ali by signing three-time heavyweight champion’s 20-year-old grandson.
Nico Ali Walsh has signed a multi-fight promotional pact with Prime Rank and can flip professional in a four-round middleweight bout Saturday, Aug. 14, stay on ESPN.
Ali Walsh is the son of retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Walsh and Rasheda Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, and a famous public speaker who makes use of her platform to boost cash for Parkinson’s analysis.
“I’m doing what I like,” Ali Walsh mentioned. “Signing with Prime Rank is a dream come true. I’m going to have enjoyable on Aug. 14, and the following time I combat.
“Prime Rank will give me the identify, date, and site, and I’ll have a good time. I’m honored to proceed the combating legacy that my grandfather began. It’s a duty I don’t take evenly.”
Ali Walsh, born on Chicago’s South Facet and now resides in Las Vegas, had roughly 30 beginner fights.
As a younger baby in Chicago, he made his beginner debut at a profit for St. Baldrick’s Basis and broke out the Ali Shuffle.
Ali Walsh graduated from Bishop Gorman Excessive College in 2018 and is at present a full-time pupil at UNLV, the place he’s on monitor to graduate with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise subsequent spring.
He’ll be juggling lessons and combating as he embarks on his professional profession below the steerage of Bob Arum, who promoted 27 of his grandfather’s fights, together with the epic “Thrilla in Manila” bout in opposition to Joe Frazier and the rubber match in opposition to Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium.
Ali Walsh’s uncle, Mike Joyce, brokered the take care of Prime Rank and can function his nephew’s supervisor, agent, and legal professional.
“Household historical past and legacy was an enormous think about Nico signing with Prime Rank,” Joyce mentioned. “I’ve signed many fighters to Prime Rank, and Bob has all the time handled them pretty.
“Nico was a little bit bit in awe of Bob, and it cemented his perception that he was with the correct promoter. He thinks that is going to be a historic journey.”