MDP Live - Muhammad Ali's grandson Nico Ali finished off Jeremiah Yeager by second round KO in a super-middleweight bout. Nico Ali scores a second round knockout victory in the fight at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, Sunday (30/1/2022).
Nico Ali's fourth win and third KO of Muhammad Ali's grandson extended his unbeaten streak. Muhammad Ali's grandson Nico Ali responded to criticism for his performance when he had won just seven points a week earlier at Madison Square Garden.
At that time, Nico Ali, the grandson of Muhammad Ali's grandson, had to sweat to win four rounds with a majority decision over Reyes Sanchez in the fight broadcast on ESPN television on December 11. The duel was part of an additional match due to Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey.
He had no such difficulty against Yeager (1-2-1, 1 KO) a Pennsylvania native who has more experience in mixed martial arts than boxing. Nico Ali Walsh stopped Yeager 45 seconds in the second round in the extra match of the Xavier Martinez vs Robson Conceicao duel at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Yeager beat referee Gary Ritter's count, but aggressive Ali Walsh charged at him and landed a left hook that knocked Yeager to the ropes. That's when Ritter stepped between them to stop the action at 2:39 of the second round.
Yeager landed two clean right hands in a span of eight seconds around the halfway mark of the opening round. Ali Walsh came back to blast Yeager with a left-right-left combination with just under a minute in the first half.
21-year-old Walsh, a senior at UNLV who will graduate in the spring, battled for the first time with new head coach Richard Sloan in his corner. Sloan, who helped coach Walsh before this bout, replaced Tyson Fury's coach, Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward, in Walsh's corner.
Steward, nephew of the late legend Emanuel Steward, and Walsh still communicate daily by phone, but Fury's coach can't find the time to work with Walsh the young fighter needs to develop.