Nico Ali Walsh— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing)
Congratulations to for winning Prospect of The Year 2022!
Nico made his debut in 2021 and this 2022 he showed that he is ready to write his own history as this year he had 4 fights with 4 wins, 3 of them by KO.
Ali(’s grandson) won the 2022 honor over fellow nominees Diego Pacheco, Jared Anderson, Richard Torrez, Marc Castro, and Nick Ball. Critics of the announcement have pointed out that Ali(’s grandson) is the third-best Top Rank undercard fighter and the second-best boxer with a first name that starts with N-I-C among the nominees. But, none of the other contenders for the honor even have grandchildren, which almost certainly doomed their chances.Not included among the WBC’s 2022 Prospect of the Year nominees was Keyshawn Davis, a near-universal choice for the honor elsewhere. Davis, a 23-year-old Olympic medalist with a professional record of 7-0 (5 KO), was named 2022’s Prospect of the Year by ESPN, Ring Magazine, and Dan Rafael, among many non-WBC others, because of his tantalizing mix of high skill, power, and entertaining style. But, Davis has neither a pocketful of peppermint candy nor a rocking chair for whittling. Will 2023 be the year that Davis closes the gaps in his prospect resume, trading in his traditional ring walk entrance robe for a loose-knit cardigan, magically pulling quarters from behind the ears of dazzled fans? Only time will tell. Accepting this award on behalf of Muhammad Ali(’s grandson) is Nico Ali Walsh. Walsh is the son of author and actress Rasheda Ali, and seems to have taken an interest in the family business. He’s made a number of appearances on cable television and has even done a little boxing, though never against anyone ranked among BoxRec’s Top 500 middleweights. Best wishes to him, and congratulations to the Ali family for this honor!