MUHAMMAD Ali’s grandson Biaggio took it upon himself to apologize after scoring a controversial knockout.
Biaggio Ali Walsh returned to the cage for his sixth MMA fight and fifth under the Professional Fighters League banner.
And he did that in New York against Ed Davis in a showcase amateur fight on the PFL semifinals map.
But the fight ended controversially in round two after Ali Walsh landed three straight right-handers.
This caused Davis to fall to his feet and the referee quickly intervened before ground and pounds could follow.
But Davis appealed the stoppage and attempted to hold Ali Walsh to fight his way out.
When the fight ended abruptly, the crowd filled the basement at Madison Square Garden with boos.
And Ali Walsh, 24, admitted: “Let’s be honest, that was an early stop. It would probably have gone one more lap.”
“I caught him with my right hand and for half a second I thought he was out. I’m sure the referee thought the same thing and that’s why he stopped the fight early.”
“But Ed is a tough guy, huge respect to him, it’s refreshing to hear some of the nice things about me because I get a lot of hate.”
“A win is a win I don’t know what to say guys I’m sorry.”
Ali Walsh came into the fight with four straight KOs in the first round, but again showed compassion towards opponent Davis and the crowd.
He said: “He’s a tough guy. I usually send people out in the first round, then it went into the second round, so I get more cage time.”
“I’m sorry you guys couldn’t see a full three round fight. I’m sorry.”