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Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of the great Muhammad Ali, has won his first professional boxing bout.
Incredibly, the 21-year-old actually defeated Jordan Weeks in the first round while donning a very, very special pair of trunks too.
The shorts that young Nico was wearing used to belong to his legendary grandfather and were actually a gift from Ali himself.
And as soon as you see the iconic all-white shorts with black trimmings, you can only think of one person.
Well, now you might envisage two.
Muhammad Ali's grandson Nico Ali Walsh struck a familiar pose after winning his pro boxing debut tonight. pic.twitter.com/MmIPw42aO3- ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) August 15, 2021
Nico, who is the son of Ali's daughter Rasheda, produced a flawless display which saw him end his debut fight against Weeks in just 70 seconds.
Having a name like 'Ali' in the boxing world carries a lot of hype and Nico certainly delivered.
Speaking after his first round TKO, the talented star paid tribute to his late great grandfather.
"It's just an emotional journey, this whole ride. This lived up completely to my expectations," Nico said.
Nico Ali Walsh, Muhammad Ali's grandson, wore his grandfather's shorts in his pro boxing debut.- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 15, 2021
He won via first-round TKO :clap: pic.twitter.com/xIuRB8ujyQ
"Obviously, my grandfather, I've been thinking about him so much. I miss him.
"Thank you to Jordan Weeks and his people. Tough, tough kid. I think me and him made a bit of history tonight.
"It seems like a lot of pressure but to me it is just my grandfather. To everyone else he was the greatest fighter that ever lived, maybe the greatest person but to me he is the greatest grandfather.
"I'm never wearing these trunks again. They were my grandfather's, it is so emotional. This is a dream come true."
Nico, speaking with the maturity of a seasoned pro and not a young rookie, also gave an insight into what it's like being a close relative of arguably the greatest ever boxer to walk the face of the earth.
"Everyone wants to knockout Muhammad Ali's grandson. I would never tell anyone who I was but they'd always find out," he said.
"I say being Muhammad Ali's grandson is a blessing and a curse and that falls under the curse category."
Big things are expected of Nico, who has recently signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank promotion.
He is also working closely with respected coach Javan 'Sugar Hill' Steward, who also happen to train another heavyweight legend by the name of Tyson Fury.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@NicoAliX74/@trboxing/@ESPNRingside
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