Living up to his nickname, “The Legend Lives On” Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of the legendary Muhammad Ali improved his unbeaten record to 4-0 (3 KO) with a devastating knockout and a classic Ali shuffle to boot.
The middleweight prospect had some difficulties closing in against the slick opponent, Jeremiah Yeager in the opening round.
Ali Walsh seemed to regain his cool and looked confident by mid second round. The 21-year old then started to chase Yeager before eventually dropping him with a big left hook with 40 seconds left on the round.
Yeager stood back up and beat the count only to be cornered back by Ali Walsh. He shuffled his feet before throwing that last jab-straight-left hook combination that prompted the referee Gary Ritter to stop the fight.
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When asked about the Ali shuffle, Ali Walsh said it’s completely an unplanned move.
“I didn’t plan [the Ali Shuffle],” Ali Walsh said. “It was emotional, of course. So much has been going on, but yeah, I didn’t plan on doing that. It’s just something that happened.
“I think the main thing was staying calm, which I did. Another thing was head movement and defence, which I felt like I did improve on. I fought last month. So if I can make those small improvements in this such a short amount of time, who’s telling what I can do in my next fight?”
With the win over Yeager, Ali Walsh erased doubts from people’s minds . In his last performance he appeared unconvincing during the 4-rounds that resulted in a Majority Decision win against Reyes Sanchez.