Nico Ali Walsh returned to the winner’s circle with a hard-fought split decision win against Noel Lafargue at the Palais Du Peuple in Conakry, Guinea. The bout, which took place on a WBA KO drugs card, saw one judge scoring it 58-56 for Lafargue, while the other two judges favored Walsh with scores of 60-54 and 58-56. Walsh’s record now stands at 9-1 1 No Contest, with 5 knockouts.
In a back-and-forth battle, both fighters had their moments, but Walsh’s effectiveness and the impact of his punches ultimately secured the victory. The triumph over Lafargue comes less than three months after Walsh suffered a majority decision loss to Sona Akale in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The 23-year-old middleweight, who fights under the Top Rank banner since his pro debut in August 2021, hails from a legendary boxing lineage as the grandson of the iconic Muhammad Ali. Walsh’s fight against Lafargue showcased his resilience and skill, earning praise from Evan Korn, a publicist and matchmaker at Top Rank.
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Korn commented, “It was a great development fight for Nico against a tough opponent. Additionally, the people of Guinea embraced Nico and his family. A memorable experience in and out of the ring.”
Lafargue, residing in Morcenx, France, falls to a record of 9-3-1, with 3 KOs. Despite his previous unbeaten streak in three fights, he couldn’t overcome Walsh’s determined performance.
Walsh’s journey in the professional boxing realm continues to be closely watched, given his familial connection to the legendary Muhammad Ali. As he bounces back from recent challenges, fans anticipate more noteworthy performances from the promising middleweight.