The grandson of boxing icon Muhammad Ali is following in his family’s footsteps.
Biaggio Ali Walsh. the former high school football star from Nevada, has entered the world of combat sports and signed an amateur deal with mixed martial arts promotion Professional Fighters League on Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 24-year-old fighter is 1-1 and is set to make his promotional debut at the PFL World Championship on Nov. 25, according to ESPN. He will fight on the undercard of the event while his opponent and event location have yet to be determined.
“I am beyond blessed and grateful to announce that I will be continuing my amateur and professional career with the PFL,” Ali Walsh said on Instagram. “God is great and I look forward to continuing the fighting tradition that runs through my family.”
Ali Walsh is the eldest son of Rasheda Ali, one of Muhammad Ali’s four children whom he had with his ex-wife Khalilah Ali. His younger brother, Nico Ali Walsh, is an undefeated (6-0) middleweight boxer signed to the Top Rank Boxing promotion.
Ali Walsh continued his path in the family business after finding success on the football field.
The Las Vegas native played running back at Bishop Gorman High School where he won Gatorade Football Player of the Year honors in 2015-16, an award that honors the “most elite student-athletes in the world.” country”.
Ali Walsh signed up to play college football at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, where he spent two years. He transferred to his hometown college UNLV in 2019 before switching to MMA the following year.
The rising fighter’s deal allows him to turn professional in the PFL in 2023.
“I have a legacy to uphold, a legacy that my grandfather started, my brother and I continue, I choose to carry on that legacy here in the Professional Fighters League,” Ali Walsh said in a statement. “My one and only goal is to become a PFL world champion one day.”
New York Post