The heavyweight division is currently full of talent but none of them would stand a chance against Muhammad Ali, according to his grandson.
Ali is regarded by many to be the best heavyweight of all time and he has been involved in some of the most exciting nights in the sport’s history, including ‘The Thrilla in Manila’ against Joe Frazier and ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ with George Foreman.
Having campaigned during a golden era of heavyweights, it is difficult to compare Ali to other generations of fighters, especially modern heavyweights when you consider the physique and size of modern boxers.
But ccording to Ali’s grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, size doesn’t matter, as he believes none of today’s heavyweights from Anthony Joshua to Oleksandr Usyk and even Tyson Fury could beat ‘The Greatest’.
“The heavyweights today are amazing,” Ali Walsh told talkSPORT.
“I’m biased of course, I think my grandfather is the greatest heavyweight of all time.
“I don’t think any heavyweights today would stand with my grandfather, but today’s heavyweights are phenomenal.
“Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, [Oleksandr] Usyk, Anthony Joshua. Fury and Wilder, their trilogy fight was one of the greatest in history.
“So, these guys stand with any era for sure, but when it comes to me, I’m biased, I think my grandfather beats anyone.”
While Fury may not have the beating of Ali inside the ring according to Ali Walsh, he does share some similarities outside of it, with both men being hugely charismatic.
Promoter Bob Arum had this to say about the pair when talking to talkSPORT, as he said, “They’re not the same personalities because Tyson is a lot less political and more of an entertainer.
“But, they’re both tremendously charismatic, they both capture the attention of the public with the kind of personalities they have.”
Fury also had Ali in his sights when he came out of retirement, claiming that he had returned to boxing to equal Ali’s record of being a three-time Ring Magazine champion.
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