Nico Ali Walsh Part Of Valdez-Stevenson Undercard
Las Vegas native Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of “The Greatest,” hopes to make a statement for the hometown fans. This, as Ali Walsh will fight Denver’s Alejandro Ibarra in a four-round Middleweight attraction Saturday, April 30, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Ali Walsh-Ibarra will open the televised broadcast featuring the world Junior Lightweight title unification showdown between WBC champion Oscar Valdez and WBO king Shakur Stevenson.
A hometown debut for @NicoAliX74 🚨🏠
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 6, 2022
Valdez-Stevenson, will also include an eight-round Lightweight co-feature between U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis and Esteban Sanchez. And that fight with Ali Walsh-Ibarra will both be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Ali Walsh said about the opportunity,
“Las Vegas is home, and the MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted so many legendary fights. This is a dream come true. I’ve gotten to know Oscar and Shakur, and it’s an honor to fight on their card. I’m focused on my fight, as Ibarra is a capable veteran. He wants to be the guy to knock off Muhammad Ali’s grandson. I won’t let that happen, especially in front of my family and friends.”
Ali Walsh (4-0, 3 KOs) graduated from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School and is currently a student at UNLV, where he is on track to graduate later this month with a degree in business entrepreneurship. He turned pro last August with a headline-grabbing first-round knockout. Ali Walsh fought twice more in 2021, including a four-round decision over Reyes Sanchez at Madison Square Garden, the site of many of his grandfather’s most memorable ring battles.
Ali Walsh last fought in January in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he knocked out Jeremiah Yaegar in two rounds. He now turns to Ibarra (7-1, 2 KOs), a 28-year-old who has won four straight since the lone loss on his ledger.
Valdez-Stevenson will be the marquee Top Rank Boxing fight card for the rest of April, as the two unbeaten champions square off for Jr. Lightweight supremacy.