Piaggio Ali Walsh, grandson of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is heading to the PFL.
The tournament-based promotion on Wednesday announced a developmental contract with Walsh, who will compete in the 2022 PFL World Championship preliminaries as an amateur. Walsh is expected to be a pro during the 2023 PFL season.
“Professional Fighting League is committed to developing the league and the sport of mixed martial arts, and we have a responsibility to find the future stars of the sport, and we have found one of Piaggio’s stars,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a press release. “We are excited to see Piaggio’s journey from amateur to professional on the PFL world stage.”
As Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas A star running back, Piaggio was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016. He played two seasons at the University of California before transferring to the iconic UNLV state of his football career. In 2020, he announced he was quitting the sport to pursue acting. That same year, he also began training MMA at the Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
In an interview with SI.com in 2017, Walsh said he grew up boxing with his uncle, but never as his brother Nico, he had no problem with the Passionate about the sport, Nico went on to become a professional boxer.
It now appears that Walsh has fully grasped the flaws of MMA and used his name to start a career in MMA.
“I have a legacy to carry on, it’s a legacy that my grandfather started and my brother and I continue, I choose to continue that legacy in the professional field Warrior League ,” Walsh said in a press release. “My only goal is to one day be a PFL World Champion.”
The 2022 PFL World Championships will take place on 22 November at a location to be announced .