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Muhammad Ali’s grandson set to make his PFL debut

There are very few names in the history of sports who can come close to the legend of Muhammad Ali. The American boxer is often regarded as the greatest sportsperson of all time and is ranked as the finest heavyweight boxer of all time. 

His legacy is one of the most iconic in boxing, and will tomorrow night extend into mixed martial arts when his grandson Biaggio Ali Walsh makes his PFL debut.

Biaggio is all set to fight in just his third amateur bout at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the PFL Championships. The former football standout made his professional boxing debut back in June and has played two matches thus far, winning and losing once. 

His brother Nico Ali Walsh is already carrying forward the surname of Muhammad Ali in the boxing arena. The 22-year-old who turned professional a couple of years ago has fought seven times and won all seven games, out of which five of them were knockout wins. 

As it turns out, Biaggio did not want to enter combat sports and trained himself to be a footballer. Despite making his presence felt at a reasonable level, the moment an opportunity came to make his mark in MMA, he took it with both hands. 

“After football, I was lost, and MMA just fell into my lap. I was, at first, training to stay in shape, but then I started to like it, then like it more, then I said ‘you know what, I’m 22 years old, why not? I don’t want to be 35-plus years old and think ‘what if? Would I have been a good fighter?’ I don’t want to have these types of questions. I would rather just take advantage of the one life that you have and then do it to your fullest potential,” Biaggio said. 

Biaggio made his debut against a tricky opponent in Devin Rothwell, who submitted him in the first round amid major media interest. However, just a few weeks later at the Crown Fighting Championship in Utah, he managed to secure a first-round knockout win over Bradley Seaver.