Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh “will only get better” under the leadership of Tyson Fury’s trainer Sugarhill Steward, says promoter Bob Arum.
Ali Walsh has won both of his professional fights by quick-fire knockout, writing another chapter in the legacy of boxing’s greatest-ever name.
“He is learning from Sugarhill, Tyson Fury’s trainer and Emanuel Steward’s nephew,” Top Rank’s Arum, who promoted 27 of Ali’s fights and now promotes his grandson, told Sky Sports.
“They have bonded.
“With Sugarhill he will only get better.
“I talked to Sugarhill after the fight and he is very pleased with the development of Nico.”
Steward has overseen Ali Walsh’s novice career and also twice guided Fury to demolition wins against Deontay Wilder.
Like Ali Walsh, Steward follows in the footsteps of a respected and well-known family member. His uncle Emanuel is a Hall of Fame trainer.
“He learns a lot from me,” Steward told Sky Sports about Ali Walsh.
“We do a lot of talking because my uncle is someone who was great in boxing, just like his grandfather.
“I tell him things he needs to know.
“We talk about things which are every helpful to him.
“The things I’ve gone through, the questions I’ve had to answer, what people think.
“It relaxes him so he doesn’t have to go through the same thing.”
Arum explained about how he intends to guide Ali Walsh’s career: “Even though his grandfather is the great Muhammad Ali, Nico does not have a great background in boxing.
“He was in the amateurs, but not like a lot of the other guys.
“It’s in the genes!
“The kid obviously has a lot of talent having inherited it, to some extent, his grandfather’s genes.
“We will see him again on December 11 on the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey card at Madison Square Garden [live on Sky Sports].
“He is a wonderful, young man from a great family. We’re all pulling for him and hoping that this is the start of a significant career in boxing.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title