Boxing nice Muhammad Ali’s stunning loss to Ken Norton in 1973 is pictured on the wall among the many notable historic occasions at Pechanga Area San Diego.
On Aug. 20, Ali’s 22-year-old grandson and unbeaten middleweight prospect, Nico Ali Walsh, will step into the ring on the identical venue to “break the curse” in his sixth skilled struggle.
“It’s a particular place, it’s an honor to be preventing the place there’s a lot historical past,” mentioned Ali Walsh at The BXING Membership in East Village throughout his first go to to San Diego on Monday to assist promote the upcoming struggle card organized by Prime Rank Boxing.
Prime Rank CEO and founder Bob Arum, now age 90, promoted 27 of Ali’s fights, together with the occasion in San Diego, and signed Ali Walsh two years in the past.
Becoming a member of Ali Walsh had been WBO World Featherweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete of Mexico Metropolis, and undefeated welterweight contender and San Diego native Giovani Santillan. Navarrete and Santillan return to Pechanga Area after wins in entrance of a boisterous crowd with followers from each side of the border on Oct. 15 final 12 months.
“I want my first struggle was in San Diego, however I’m glad I’m right here now,” mentioned a smiling Ali Walsh. “The timing is ideal as a result of my grandfather fought in the identical area I’m preventing in. He received his jaw broke. I’m coming into the rematch towards the man who gave me my hardest struggle.”
“I’m going there to interrupt the curse of my grandfather getting his jaw broke and go in there to do manner higher than the primary time I fought this man,” he vowed.
Ali Walsh, who has 5 wins with 4 knockouts, faces Reyes Sanchez, a local of Los Angeles who misplaced for the primary time to Ali Walsh.
Ali Walsh famous the opportunity of followers coming to see him who could have additionally been in attendance at his grandfather’s defeat by Norton, or who watched stay on ABC’s “Extensive World of Sports activities.
“It’s not that way back. Occupied with it, it’s very doable. We’re recreating historical past, so it’s superior,” the younger boxer mentioned.
Ali Walsh’s plain lineage attracts an uncommon quantity of consideration to the aspiring prospect, who lately graduated from the College of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise. He was near the person he referred to as “Poppy,” who gave him his blessing to purse the game that made him well-known worldwide.
It additionally burdens him with nice expectations, however the youthful man relishes his alternative and shoulders the position with grace and enthusiasm.
“I’m younger, I’ve simply turned 22 years previous. I’m contemporary out of school. Folks my age need to assist I feel. People who find themselves older than me who watched my grandfather need to assist as effectively,” Ali Walsh mentioned.
“I’m that bridge between individuals my age and people who find themselves 60 or 70 who’re watching my fights due to my grandfather,” he mentioned.