Biaggio Ali Walsh will make his debut at Las Vegas, Nevada, in a Mixed Martial Arts contest in the Professional Fighters League. His grandfather, Muhammad Ali, fought at the same venue 40 years earlier.
When Muhammad Ali fought, the world came to a standstill. On October 2, 1980, he faced Larry Holmes at Caesars, the venue where his grandson will now step into the octagon.
A dream story
Biaggio Ali Walsh worked at Caesars Palace as a security guard, but since then he has dreamed of stepping onto the stage like his grandfather did, and he is just a few days away from achieving it. He will fight in Sin City at Virgin Hotels.
“I work at Caesars Palace, I work at one of the nightclubs out there,” he told The Sun.
“When I’m there, sometimes it crosses my mind like, ‘Wow, my grandfather fought here. It’s a very historical place in the boxing world.
“I didn’t think it would come this soon, I thought to myself, ‘When can I fight in Vegas? When can my friends and my local co-workers even come to my fights?’
“And it’s happening now, so I’m super grateful, super blessed that I get to have this opportunity so soon.”
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Ali Walsh has had little time as a professional in Mixed Martial Arts. He made his debut last June 3 against Devin Rothwell, losing by submission by rear naked choke.
In his second fight he faced Bradley Seaver and defeated him by technical knockout; in his third fight he knocked out Tom Graesser.
Next April 7 he will fight Isaiah Figueroa in what will be his fourth amateur fight.