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Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico secures thrilling third round KO win before dedicating fight to boxing legend

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MUHAMMAD ALI'S grandson Nico scored a thrilling third round knockout win before dedicating the fight to his iconic grandfather.

Nico, who had 30 amateur bouts before turning professional, won his debut against Jordan Weeks in August.

But he soon made it two knockouts in as many fights over the weekend with a stoppage over James Westley II.

Westley landed a big right hand early in the fight but was then dropped with a similar shot in round three.

His corner threw in the towel, giving Nico, 21, the win to improve to 2-0.

He said afterwards: “I’m happy that my pro debut went the way it did. There’s stuff, of course, I have to work on.

"I know the crowd got excited seeing him land a punch, but I did not feel the punch.

"Maybe it was my energy, my adrenaline, but my hat’s off to him and his team. Mutual respect both ways, and it was a very good fight.

"I'm blessed that I am following the legacy of my grandfather. Everyone who loved my grandfather is now watching me."

His mother and Ali's daughter, Rasheda Ali, watched emotionally from ringside as her son continued the perfect start to his career.

Nico competes at super-middleweight, three divisions above heavyweight, where his grandad so famously reigned.

He is trained by Javan 'Sugar Hill' Steward, the nephew to Hall of Fame coach Emanuel.

Steward most recently cornered Tyson Fury, 33, to consecutive KO wins over Deontay Wilder, 36.

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