Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh is learning how to deal with “what people think” from Sugarhill Steward, who additionally entered boxing within the shadow of a member of the family.
Ali Walsh scored a knockout on his professional debut and can step into the ring for the second time, dwell on Sky Sports, on Saturday evening on the undercard to the world title battle between Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.
Ali Walsh’s coach is Steward, who additionally trains Tyson Fury, and whose uncle Emanuel was a Hall of Fame coach.
Tyson Fury's coach Sugarhill Steward is in Nico Ali Walsh's nook
“He learns a lot from me,” Steward informed Sky Sports about Ali Walsh.
“We do a lot of speaking as a result of my uncle Emanuel is somebody who was nice in boxing, identical to his grandfather.
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“I inform him issues he must know.
“We discuss issues that are each useful to him.
“The things I’ve gone through, the questions I’ve had to answer, what people think.
“It relaxes him so he does not must undergo the identical factor.”
Nico Ali Walsh is being taught the way to take care of strain
Steward stated about Ali Walsh’s potential: “He is a novice, almost an amateur. This is about making him grow.
“There isn’t any rush to make Nico into one thing. We will take our time.
“I talked to [his promoter] Bob Arum and the rest of the Top Rank guys and we all agree that we’ll move him accordingly.
“Nico is in a nice state of affairs as a result of he can decide his personal fights and get publicity, which most fighters do not get.”
The 21-year-old made a formidable begin to his professional profession
Asked if Ali Walsh should address additional strain on account of his legendary grandfather, Steward stated: “Yes but, you know what? I love pressure, I live for it, I love the excitement. Do they call that pressure?”
Arum, who promoted 27 of Muhammad Ali’s fights and now promotes his grandson, stated in regards to the strain: “Well, he’ll have to deal with it but he seems like a well-grounded young man.
“He’s very clever. He’s educated and he seems to me to be like a excellent form of athlete that you just wish to introduce to the general public, even when he wasn’t Ali’s grandson.
Bob Arum promoted 27 Muhammad Ali fights
“It’s really on his shoulders, carrying on the legacy of the greatest fighter of all time, but if anybody can handle it, I think this kid can handle it.
“I really wish to deliver him over to London to battle. They’ll go loopy.”
Ali Walsh previously said: “I’m honoured to proceed the combating legacy that my grandfather began. It is a accountability I do not take evenly.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
October 24 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER SERIES in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois skilled debut
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER in Birmingham
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
December 18 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title