NEW YORK (AP) — Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, went undefeated in his boxing career on Saturday night with a win at Madison Square Garden, where The Greatest fought some of his most memorable bouts.
Richard Torrez Jr. and Duke Ragan, who won silver medals for the United States last year at the Olympics, also won Vasiliy Lomachenko’s undercard match against Jamaine Ortiz.
Ali Walsh (7-0) defeated Billy Wagner by unanimous decision in his first six-round fight. Ali Walsh bloodied Wagner’s face early and the middleweight demonstrated some of his grandfather’s showmanship, pausing to raise his arms and cheer on chants of “Ali! Ali!” when he had his opponent on the ropes in the first round.
It was Ali Walsh’s second fight at Madison Square Garden, where Ali fought eight times, winning all but the “Fight of the Century”, the 1971 first fight of his trilogy with Joe Frazier. Ali avenged that loss at the Garden in 1974 before winning their epic rubber match in the Philippines.
Torrez (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Egyptian Ahmed Hefny in the third round of their heavyweight bout, after winning his last match by knockout in 44 seconds.
Ragan (8-0), a featherweight, had a much tougher time before edging out Puerto Rican veteran Luis Lebron by a close but unanimous decision. There were boos after the decision was announced.
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