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  Las Vegas Native Nico Ali Walsh Makes Hometown Debut On Oscar Valdez vs. Shakur Stevenson Apr. 30

Las Vegas native Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of ďThe Greatest,Ē hopes to make a statement for the hometown fans. Ali Walsh will fight Denverís 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.

Valdez-Stevenson, an eight-round lightweight co-feature between U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis and Esteban Sanchez, and Ali Walsh-Ibarra will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Ali Walsh said, ďLas Vegas is home, and the MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted so many legendary fights. This is a dream come true. Iíve gotten to know Oscar and Shakur, and itís an honor to fight on their card. Iím focused on my fight, as Ibarra is a capable veteran. He wants to be the guy to knock off Muhammad Aliís grandson. I wonít let that happen, especially in front of my family and friends.Ē

Ali Walsh (4-0, 3 KOs) graduated from Las Vegasí 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 grandfatherís 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.


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