Muhammad Ali’s grandson, Nico Ali Wash, is set to return to the ring on October 23 in Atlanta, Georgia. His promoter, Bob Arum, has not named Walsh’s opponent, but the fight will take place on the undercard of a title fight featuring Shakur Stevenson and Jamel Herring. In addition, Top Rank and Bob Arum have indicated that Walsh will likely fight on December 11 in Madison Square Garden. If true, it will mark the 40th anniversary of Ali’s final fight against Trevor Berbick.
Walsh made his pro debut as a middleweight in Tulsa, Oklahoma against Jordan Weeks. Walsh made an emphatic statement as he knocked out Weeks in under 90 seconds. While Weeks is not a top contender or prospect, Walsh’s performance caught the attention of one of Ali’s former foes, George Foreman.
“This guy, he’s a tough little cookie,” Foreman told USA Today.
“All he has to do is stay busy. You keep a young fighter busy for like 16, 17 months, and if the talent is there, man, you got a contender or a guy fighting for his first title. He’s got a natural antenna like his grandfather staying away from punches. That’s a natural thing.”
Walsh will have an opportunity to live up to Foreman’s words on October 23. More information is to come in the next few weeks.