Muhammad Ali's Grandson Biaggio Ali Walsh Signs Amateur Contract with PFL

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 14, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 21: Bishop Gorman running back Biaggio Ali Walsh looks on from the sidelines in the second half of their prep football game on October 21, 2016, at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, NV. Bishop Gorman defeated Desert Oasis 71-0. Walsh has committed to Cal and is the grandson of boxer Muhammad Ali (Photo by Josh Holmberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of late heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, has signed an amateur contract with the Professional Fighters League.

According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, the 24-year-old will compete at the PFL tournament finals in November.

Ali Walsh said the following about signing with PFL after posting a 1-1 record as an amateur MMA fighter:

"I want to thank Professional Fighters League for their support and confidence in me. I have a legacy to live up to, a legacy that my grandfather began, that my brother and I continue. I chose to continue that legacy here in the Professional Fighters League. My one and only goal is to one day become a PFL World Champion."

Aside from being the grandson of arguably the greatest boxer of all time, Ali Walsh is best known for being a star running back in high school who went on to play collegiately.

The 3-star recruit played at the renowned Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas before attending the University of California and transferring to UNLV.

Last listed at 5'10" and 185 pounds, he saw game action in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, registering nine rushing yards on four carries in addition to making three tackles and forcing a fumble.

Per Okamoto, Ali Walsh transitioned to MMA in 2020, and he continues to train out of his hometown of Las Vegas.

The 24-year-old Ali Walsh told Okamoto that his grandfather had a "huge impact" on his life and has long been a source of inspiration.

Ali was a pro boxer from 1960 to 1981, and during that time he amassed a 56-5 record with 37 wins by way of knockout. He was also a multitime world heavyweight champion and one of the most outspoken, flashy, popular and recognized athletes of all time.

In 2016, Ali died at the age of 74 from a respiratory illness. Ali faced Parkinson's disease for many years prior to his death.

Many members of Ali's family have followed in his footsteps in the world of combat sports. His daughter, Laila Ali, went 24-0 as a pro boxer from 1999 to 2007. Ali Walsh's 22-year-old brother, Nico, is 6-0 as a professional boxer.

Biaggio Ali Walsh is expected to turn pro next year, and the PFL will represent his first significant challenge since making the move to MMA.