Muhammad Ali’s grandson has had crucial boxing advice from Tyson Fury
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The grandson of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has revealed details of a conversation he had with Tyson Fury in which he received some crucial advice from the world heavyweight champion.
Nico Ali Walsh, 21, is still beginning his fledgling boxing career and hopes to one day follow in his grandfather's footsteps by making a mark on the sport.
He made his professional bow in August this year, and stretched his unbeaten record to three wins by defeating fellow prospect Reyes Sanchez on his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday night.
It's a promising start to a career which will be followed with much interest considering the pressure which comes with the Ali name.
Ali Walsh's early moves in the sport have followed in the footsteps of another great boxer, though, in the form of Tyson Fury.
The youngster is also trained by SugarHill Steward, and is promoted by Top Rank – the firm run by Bob Arum, who is the Gypsy King's US promoter.
Ali Walsh has now revealed he spoke with the WBC champion shortly before penning that deal and received some sound advice from the 33-year-old.
"Right before I signed for Top Rank, me and Tyson Fury spoke about on what it’s like to not have lot of fights in the amateurs," he said.
"We spoke about my grandfather because that’s the reason I became a fan of Tyson Fury’s – because he reminded me of my grandfather, because he spoke highly of him.
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"It was amazing meeting him in person. He likes helping people out and doing charity work, he’s all about that. This is what sets him apart from other fighters because he fights for more than just for himself. And I love that.
"That’s one of the reasons he’s one of my favourite fighters today because of that reason – he has a bigger purpose than just the boxing.
"The biggest thing me and Tyson Fury talked about was our amateur experience because I always wanted to have more amateur fighters. He had a limited amateur career too. He said he had 35 amateur fights, something like that.
"He told me that it’s not about the amateur experience, if you want to fight you can have no amateur fights and still be a great professional fighter.
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"When I was an amateur Mike Tyson gave me ton of advice I constantly sought him. He actually made it to one of my fights and was talking to me about confidence. The biggest thing that I remember him saying to me was: 'confidence breeds success, success breeds confidence'."
Fury retained his heavyweight title by knocking out Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas trilogy bout in October – a fight which has been described as one of the best in recent memory.
Ali Walsh echoed that sentiment, labelling the slugfest "amazing" and waxing lyrical about the Gypsy King's penchant for the spectacular.
"I wasn’t expecting it to be as great as it was," the young middleweight admitted.
"But you’ve got to expect the unexpected from Tyson Fury because every time he fights it can end up being one of the great fights of all time."
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