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Muhammad Ali’s grandson Biaggio, 24, becomes the next family member to follow in the legend’s footsteps as he turns his back on football to sign a deal with ‘Professional Fighters League’: ‘I have a legacy to live up to’

Biaggio Ali Walsh – the grandson of all-time great boxer Muhammad Ali – has announced that is following in his family’s combat sport footsteps by signing his first amateur contract with the Professional Fighters League.

The 24-year-old will now be available to compete in the 2022 PFL’s tournament finals in November. He is based in Las Vegas, where he trains at Xtreme Couture MMA – a training organization headed by former UFC champion Randy Couture.

‘I want to thank Professional Fighters League for their support and confidence in me,’ Ali Walsh told ESPN.

‘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,’ he added.

Muhammad Ali’s grandson, Biaggio Ali Walsh, 24, announced his first PFL amateur contract

Muhammad Ali’s grandson, Biaggio Ali Walsh, 24, announced his first PFL amateur contract

Ali Walsh is based in Las Vegas, where he moved after being a football player on UC Berkley

Ali Walsh is based in Las Vegas, where he moved after being a football player on UC Berkley

Before following his grandfather’s footsteps in the ring, Ali Walsh was potentially on track for the NFL, as he was a college football player at the University of California at Berkley before transferring to University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He discovered his love for MMA after switching universities in 2020. At the time, Ali Walsh practised the sport as a way to stay in shape while waiting to obtain clearance from the NCAA on transfer protocols for football.

His amateur MMA record is currently 1-1, with Ali Walsh’s latest win coming in August, according to his Instagram profile.

‘My grandfather had a huge impact on my entire life,’ the 24-year-old told ESPN, six years after Ali died.

‘As a little kid, I would go to restaurants and movies with him, everybody would stop what they were doing and start clapping. As I started to get older, I started to figure out who he is and what he did and the impact he had on the world. As far as who he is as a person, his confidence, mental toughness, man — it’s just always inspired me.’

'I have a legacy to live up to, a legacy that my grandfather began,' Ali Walsh, who is 1-1, said

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‘I have a legacy to live up to, a legacy that my grandfather began,’ Ali Walsh, who is 1-1, said

Nico Ali Walsh, 22, is an undefeated professional middleweight boxer with 6 wins and no losses

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Nico Ali Walsh, 22, is an undefeated professional middleweight boxer with 6 wins and no losses

Ali Walsh is expected to go pro in 2023, according to a PFL release.

Another member of the Ali family who is seeking a career out of combat sports is Ali Walsh’s little brother, Nico, 22.

He is an undefeated professional middleweight boxer with six wins under his belt since first going pro in 2021. Five of those fights ended in knockouts.

Nico is also trained by Tyson Fury’s current trainer, SugarHill Steward and promoted by Top Rank, which also promoted 27 of his grandfather’s fights.

PFL has yet to announce the location of its tournament finals in late November. It has not yet been revealed who Ali Walsh’s opponent will be.

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