Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, retained his undefeated start to his professional career with a stop in the second round by Jeremiah Yeager in Oklahoma.
Ali Walsh, who won his first two matches by knockout before claiming a convincing victory in the majority decision over Reyes Sanchez last month, had some trouble sending Yeager during their scheduled four-round match at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa.
The 21-year-old (4-0, 3 KOs), with new head coach Richard Sloan in his corner, blew Yeager with a left-right-left combination towards the end of the opening round before sending him to the canvas with one large left hand in the other.
Yeager (1-2-1, 1 KO) managed to get back on his feet and beat referee Gary Ritter’s count, only for Ali Walsh to return with an iconic ‘Ali shuffle’ and great combination to get the referee to stop the match with 21 seconds left of the round.
“I had not planned [the Ali Shuffle]said Ali Walsh. “It was emotional, of course. So much has happened, but yes, I did not intend to do so. It’s just something that has happened.
“I think the most important thing was to stay calm, which I did. Another thing was head movements and defense, which I felt I improved on. I struggled last month. So if I can make the small improvements in this so short. of time, who tells what I can do in my next match? “
Ali Walsh fought on the undercard of the WBC super-featherweight title eliminator between Robson Conceicao and Xavier Martinez, which so the former claimed a unanimous decision victory.
Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) had aimed to come back after losing his unbeaten record to WBC title holder Oscar Valdez in his last outing in September and Brazilian boxer Martinez (17-1, 11 KOs) ) in 10 rounds to record judgments of 99-91, 100-90 and 98-92 across the three judges’ scorecards.
The 33-year-old is now looking to avenge his previous loss to Valdez, who is defending his belt against WBO junior lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) on April 30th.
“I had to train extra hard because I knew what challenge he would pose for me tonight,” Conceicao said. “More importantly, I was able to be dominant this evening because I put in so much work because I was motivated.
“I know I should be the champion. I know I beat Oscar Valdez. He has a fight against Shakur Stevenson and I think Shakur is going to win. But as a fan and fighter I want Oscar wins because he owes me a fight. “
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
Sunday, January 30 in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs. Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eliminator
Nico Ali Walsh
Saturday 5 February in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. mod Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday, February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Natasha Jonas vs. Ewa Piatkowska – WBO super-welterweight title
Frazer Clarkes pro-debut
Saturday, February 26 in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – Undisputed super-lightweight titles
Nick Campbell vs. Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title
Saturday, March 5 in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza
Sunday, March 20 in New York
Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls