Muhammad Ali’s family members were rumored to be in conflict with each other in his passing, often dealing with rights and legalities regarding their inheritance. There were negative claims against Lonnie Williams, too, for cutting off members from the “Greatest” during the later part of his life.
But time seems to come full circle quickly for the Ali family as Muhammad’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh decided to pursue the sports boxing. Thanks to rapper Flavor Flav, who has encouraged him to take his learning to the next level.
Rapper Flavor Flav, also a former amateur boxer said, “We start getting together and Nico shows me a video of him boxing in the backyard in the grass” according to SportingNews.
“Nico laid a right on this guy’s face. Pow! When I saw that, I was like, ‘You should start boxing. I’m gonna start you boxing.'”
Rapper Flavor Flav introduced Nico Ali Walsh (Rasheda Ali’s son to Robert Walsh) to a proper trainer, and has since been training six days a week; taking to heart Muhammad Ali’s last piece of advice to “Stay in shape, eat right and do plenty of road work.”
Nico Ali has a record of 3-1 and is starting to get better. Laila Ali says his last fight was probably the toughest, but he needs to realize that anyone he’ll be fighting will be doubly hard on him knowing he is Muhammad Ali’s grandson.
Like Muhammad Ali, Nico’s jabs seem to get better and have helped him win in recent fights. Right now, he’s just glad to be doing what his grandfather wanted him to do. He loved Nico Ali boxing.
More importantly, boxing is keeping the family together again. Nico has his parents’ support, along with Laila Ali and husband Curtis Conway, Hana and Kevin Casey (aunts), and even Lonnie, Muhammad Ali’s fourth wife. They all watch his fights from ringside.
“There’s been so much nonsense talk in tabloids since Muhammad’s passing about infighting with the family,” Bob Walsh told Fox Sports. “All kinds of nonsense. Everybody’s together. Everybody loves each other and supports each other. It’s just great when I see everybody come here and show up.”
Moreover, Rasheda Ali-Walsh believes Muhammad Ali is watching over her son.
“My daddy’s visited Nico in his dreams. And I think he feels like my dad’s passed the torch over to him. We’re spiritual beings and I feel that if Nico feels that his grandfather wants him to follow in his footsteps and do good things for this career, I’m not going to interfere with that.”
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