MUHAMMAD ALI'S grandson Nico Ali Walsh showed his appreciation of Tyson Fury in the build-up to his first professional fight last year.
Walsh, 22, was speaking ahead of his win via technical knock-out over Jordan Weeks on August 14 2021.
And Sugarhill Steward, the trusted trainer of the Gypsy King, also trained Walsh, who is the son of Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali Walsh.
Appearing on ESPN Walsh was asked what it has been like to work with Sugarhill as well as what to expect from him as a boxer.
He said: "My biggest asset in being a fighter is I'm boxing because I love it but I'm boxing because the legacy is so important to me.
"That really fuels me in boxing so I feel I am able to do certain things that I would not be able to do if not for that legacy.
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"Tyson Fury actually gave me the best advice I've heard. He said he had 35 amateur fights: If you can fight, you can fight."
And Top Rank boss Bob Arum, Ali's former promoter, certainly believed Walsh was capable of putting on a show.
He is plotting big things for the fighter, including a potential UK bout in the future, with the youngster now boasting a pro record of 7-0.
Arum previously told Sky Sports: "(He's a) Lovely, lovely kid. Very, very well spoken and we've had him training with Sugarhill Steward, who is Tyson's trainer, and he said the kid has ability.
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"We're going to start him on the road and you'll see the fight over in the UK.
"Then we'll bring him hopefully to Madison Square Garden, where his grandfather excelled and we can show him in the Garden."
Meanwhile Fury is still excelling himself in the heavyweight division.
He faces Derek Chisora in a trilogy fight on Saturday after successfully defending his WBC title by defeating Dillian Whyte in April.
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