The idea of genetics sometimes skipping a generation appears to be true in Muhammed Ali’s family, as can be seen through a quick glance at his 13-year-old grandson.
Ali is at the top of many people’s lists of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, and some might even say there has never been a better boxer than the American. His grandson Nico Ali Walsh, 21, is trying to follow in his footsteps and is undefeated in his four professional bouts so far.
The boxing legend’s other grandson is too young to have embarked on such a career just yet, but bears a striking resemblance to his grandfather in another way. As his mother Laila Ali has pointed out, Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr is almost the spitting image of the former heavyweight champ.
She demonstrated as much when she posted a photo of her boy on social media. “I’m still amazed at how my boy looks just like my Dad… with a sprinkle of my husband too,” she wrote in the caption, while her army of more than a million followers was quick to agree.
“Wowowow it’s uncanny how much your son carries your father in his face,” wrote American TV personality Kita Williams, before pointing out that the teenager also has some features from his own father, former NFL star Curtis Conway. ” I can see Curtis too,” she added. “But definitely u gave birth to your Dad’s face.”
On Twitter, Cathal O’Riordan wrote: “[Conway Jr’s] dad was an NFL wide receiver and grandad was one of the greatest HW boxers ever. Some strong genetics there!” And Dwayne Pipe joked that there was “no DNA test required” to be able to tell that he is directly related to the boxing great.
Jay R. Trevino described the resemblance as “incredible”, adding that the photo made him feel like he had “seen a ghost”. Meanwhile, some others were already baying for a boxing showdown between Ali’s grandsons when Conway Jr is old enough. “In ten years he will fight Ali Walsh for the fight of the century,” Andrew Smith wrote.
The pugilistic art is certainly important to the family. Of course, Ali started it all by becoming one of the greatest sportsmen of the 20th century while also transcending the sport to become an important cultural figure. But his daughter Laila also had a remarkable boxing career of her own.
Now retired from the sport, the 44-year-old was a trailblazer for women’s boxing. Her 2001 fight against Jacqui Frazier-Lyde – daughter of Ali’s old rival Joe Frazier – marked the first time a pay per view boxing fight had ever been headlined by women.
She won that bout, and the other 23 that she took part in during her career. Laila Ali”s final professional fight took place in 2007, before she retired with an undefeated record of 24-0 and the prestige which comes with being a two-weight world champion.