Powered by:
as known from New York Timesas known from USA Todayas known from yahoo!
VA
Contains commercial content
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Living in a larger than life shadow, Nico Ali Walsh charts his boxing future

Living in a larger than life shadow, Nico Ali Walsh charts his boxing future

Publish Date: 08/31/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Reyes Sanchez (red trunks) trades punches with Nico Ali Walsh (black and white trunks) during their Middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2021 in New York, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Living in a larger-than-life shadow, Nico Ali Walsh charts his boxing future. Check out the top boxing betting strategies.

I groaned when I heard Nico Ali Walsh would be making his professional debut on ESPN.

The groan had nothing to do with Ali Walsh – but everything to do with the method ESPN was employing to promote the young fighter.

Their resident commentator had decided to join Ali Walsh and his legendary grandfather at the hip. He did this so many times he might as well have added a hyphen to Ali Walsh’s last name.

It was outrageous and over-the-top.

Check out the top sportsbooks for betting on boxing

DraftKings
4.6/5
DraftKings Review
No Sweat First Bet up to $1,000
T&Cs apply, 21+
Visit Site
FanDuel
4.6/5
FanDuel Review
Bet $5 Get $150 in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply, 21+
Visit Site
BetMGM
4.5/5
BetMGM Review
Bet $5 Get $150 Instantly in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply, 21+
Visit Site

Did I watch the kid’s first fight?

Yes, with the sound down.

Did I smile when he stopped Jordan Weeks in the first round? Of course.

Even with the excessive name-dropping and such, it was nice to see a Ali victorious.

There are so many memories.

Ali Walsh’s grandfather was an international superstar. Nobody now or then could touch him. His legacy is secure, in and out of the ring. Growing up when he ruled the heavyweights was crazy, wild, astonishing, and heartbreaking. If you loved the man, as I did, his last few fights were beyond painful. It wasn’t supposed to end that way for “The Greatest.”

When he was young, he said it wouldn’t, but it did.

His impact and popularity grew as his body began to deteriorate. Even death couldn’t keep him down.

Muhammad Ali’s life light is as bright as ever.

What was Ali Walsh trying to prove? How do you fight in the shadows of a grandfather who happened to be a legend?

Ali Walsh, a middleweight, uses pressure and expectations to motivate himself.

“It (the pressure) gives me purpose,” Ali Walsh told fight-library.com. “It doesn’t give me any additional pressure to live up to somebody. I think it actually helps; it does the opposite of what people think. There’s a great quote that went along the lines of, ‘The brightest lights cast the darkest shadows.’ That’s something that I basically live by. I’m in the shadow of my grandfather. It seems like the whole boxing world is in the shadow of my grandfather, but that is because he was the brightest light. It’s a hard shadow to get out of. Once you embrace it, it’s something I’m proud of now. It’s powerful to me to be fighting for that legacy.”

I didn’t see his next few fights. I had decided, likely because of ESPN’s gratuitous marketing, that Ali Walsh was nothing more than a hook to grab higher ratings.

Cynical, but Ali Walsh didn’t seem to mind.

He was in it all the way, exploiting himself.

But the big question lingered. Could Ali Walsh fight?

Five bouts into his career, the jury was way out. He was getting hit too much. He made rookie mistakes. He didn’t have many amateur bouts, so that would figure.

I decided to watch his rematch against Reyes Sanchez last weekend. Ali Walsh entered the fight undefeated in five bouts, scoring four knockouts.

The first Sanchez fight had been close.

Ali Walsh won the fight by majority decision.

Some shook their heads.

Another troubling aspect was he was now working with his third trainer.

Before his fight with Sanchez, Hall of Famer Andre Ward commented.

“Not normal, but he’s not a normal case,” said Ward. “He’s trying to find his way around, but I think this needs to be the last stop. Too many coaches, too many voices.”

Ali Walsh bounced out of his corner. His first three punches were jabs. He worked up and down and clipped Sanchez with an inside right to the jaw. He made a mistake by pulling straight back. Sanchez made him pay with a combination. Ali Walsh fired a one-two.

In round two, Ali Walsh got caught by a couple of right hands. He jabbed and moved. He dug to the body. With 24 seconds remaining in the heat, Ali Walsh landed three consecutive body shots. The last one was a perfect live punch.

Check out the top sportsbook providers for betting on boxing

DraftKings
1.
Favicon
4.6/5
No Sweat First Bet up to $1,000 + All-Customer SGP Insurance
Virginia
Players from Virginia accepted
PayPal
VIP Preferred
Play+
Virginia (US) Lottery Board
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
FanDuel
2.
Favicon
4.6/5
Bet $5 Get $150 in Bonus Bets
Virginia
Players from Virginia accepted
Prepaid Card
PayNearMe
PayPal
Virginia (US) Lottery Board
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
BetMGM
3.
Favicon
4.5/5
Bet $5 Get $150 Instantly in Bonus Bets
Virginia
Players from Virginia accepted
PayNearMe
PayPal
Bank Transfer
Virginia (US) Lottery Board
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Bet365
4.
Favicon
4.5/5
First Bet Safety Net up to $2000 OR Bet $5 and Get $150
Virginia
Players from Virginia accepted
Virginia (US) Lottery Board
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
At bet365 we don’t do ordinary, that’s why if you sign up now you’ll get the choice of two great New Customer Offers, the First Bet Safety Net up to $2000 or Bet $5 and Get $150 in Bonus Bets. Deposit required. Bonus Bets wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler 21+
Caesars
5.
Favicon
4.5/5
100% up to $1000
Virginia
Players from Virginia accepted
E-Check
PayNearMe
Skrill
Virginia (US) Lottery Board
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+

Sanchez paused and went down.

He didn’t beat the count.

“This was a special win because it was a rematch,” said Ali Walsh in the ring. “It’s everything I’ve been working towards. My hard work is now showing in the ring. I want everyone to see that it’s a new me.”

He’s still new in many ways. Six fights don’t prove anything, but I did see some improvement. Check out the top boxing betting tips.

That’s something to build on.

I can’t help but think that wherever he is, his grandfather is smiling.

Read Also
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali: How the Heavyweight Champ and the Man of Steel Saved the World in 1978
Training The Mego toy corporation, arguably best known for its line of ...
Tommy Morrison and AIDS: The Truth about what happened, and how he Died.
Tommy Morrison burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1988. Following a ...
Bet365 Promo
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Card Subject to Change: Previewing a Women’s Boxing December to Remember
Christmas will come early for fans of women’s boxing with a plethora ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Lady Tyger’s Tale: How Marian Trimiar Mauled the Boxing Establishment of the 1970s and 80s
To Feed the Ambition in Your Heart is Like Carrying a Tiger ...
Where Did You Go, Smokin’ Joe? To Starrcade and WrestleMania By Way of Puerto Rico
Starrcade ’84: The Million Dollar Challenge ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, that “stylin’ ...
The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960)
I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for ...
The Twilight Rounds: Rod Serling explores the dark side of boxing – Round seven
“In this corner of the universe, a prizefighter named Bolie Jackson, 183 ...
Social Casino of the month
McLuck - Sign up now! Sign up now!
Latest Sport News
Edgar Berlanga motivated to prove naysayers wrong!
Edgar Berlanga won his first 16 fights by ...
Top 10 NBA Players of the 1980s: Bird, Magic, or Jordan at Number one?
To me, the 1980s was the greatest decade ...
Top 11 Single Game Performances in NCAA Football History
  College Football is full of remarkable achievements, ...
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

21+NCPG
Close
Players accepted in the US US Flag
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
$55 Stake Cash + 260K Gold Coins + 5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Exclusive promo code: TGTSOCIAL
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site