Nico Ali Walsh overcame the most menacing battle of his fledgling career by defeating undefeated colleague Reyes Sanchez by majority decision in New York.
The 21-year-old was following in the footsteps of his grandfather Muhammad Ali by fighting at Madison Square Garden and extended his unbeaten record to three wins in a fun four-round match.
Ali Walsh distanced himself for the first time in his career, taking the win with scores of 40-36 and 39-37, while the third judge drew 38-38 with Sanchez, who had won all six of his precedents. attacks.
Starting with aggressive intent, Walsh quickly found his range as he sent stiff jabs and straight hands in the opening round.
Walsh swung Sanchez with a looped right hand in the second and appeared to be on the verge of a stoppage win when he unloaded a flurry of punches.
But Sanchez returned fire with a short right hand as he troubled Walsh with a lively response in the third.
In the fourth and final round, Walsh showed his grit, trading jabs with Sanchez at close range to earn the verdict of two of the judges.
Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis also resumed her exciting professional career with a merciless knockout victory over Jose Zaragoza.
Davis left Zaragoza with an uppercut in the second round and quickly finished the fight, sinking in a blow to the body that knocked his opponent to the canvas and the bout was soon called off.