Nico Ali Walsh walked in the shoes of his grandfather [Muhammad Ali] last Saturday night in Tulsa having began his professional journey with a technical knockout against Jordan Weeks.

Ali Walsh, son of Rasheda Ali Walsh knocked his opponent in the opening round of a scheduled four-round middleweight contest with a right hand, and a follow-up flurry ended the night for Weeks.

Ali Walsh said, “This lived up completely to my expectations. It’s been an emotional journey this whole ride these last couple of months.

“Obviously, my grandfather, I’m thinking about him so much. I miss him. It’s just an emotional journey, and thank you to Jordan Weeks and his people. Tough, tough kid. I think me and him made a little bit of history tonight.

“Honestly, it seems like a lot of pressure, but to me, it’s just my grandfather. To everyone else, to you guys and the crowd, he’s the greatest fighter who ever lived, maybe the greatest person. But to me, he’s the greatest grandfather.

“To hear those Ali chants was something that I’ll never forget. I didn’t expect that, to be honest, but it was special.”

By Godfred Kwasi Yeboah