Callum Walsh KOs Wesley Tucker on Irish celebration day
Freddie Roach claims Callum is one of the the most talented young fighters he's ever worked with and Tom Loeffler compares him to Gennadiy Golovkin
Fighting Irish super-welterweight sensation 'King' Callum Walsh (6-0, 5KO) blasted out experienced Wesley Tucker (15-5, 9KO) in two impressive rounds, at the Agganis Arena in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, to start St Patrick's Day Celebration with an Emerald flourish.
It was a clash of kings, as 'King' Callum and 'King Wes' came together on commemorative day of Ireland, in Boston.
Cork born Callum, who is still only 22, wasted no time in launching a barrage of precision punching against the older, wily southpaw. A left followed by a couple of shillelagh rights toppled the man from Toledo, Ohio to the canvass.
Wesley gamely got up, but Callum dropped him for a second time with a laser guided avalanche. Again, Wesley again got up, but was backed into the ropes and fraught by the onslaught, as he had to take a knee.
Referee Leo Gerstel had seen enough and so had Wesley's corner, who wisely and mercifully threw in the towel with just a second to go in the second stanza. That's five defeats in his last six bouts for Tucker.
UFC President Dana White is propelling Callum on UFC Fight Pass streaming service and was sitting ringside to witness the thunderbolt peformance. The Irish Emerald who is being polished and perfected by Hall of Fame Coach Freddie Roach, is part of the 360 Promotions empire.
CEO Tom Loeffler who was also at hand for this event said: “With Callum still aged only 22, fighting under the bright lights in a big Boston Arena with Dana White ringside plus all the celebrities…George St Pierre, Max Crosby from the Raiders. Gerry Cooney and Micky Ward…he handled it all in a very calm and collected way. You could see how much better caliber he was than anyone else on the show, clearly indicating what his potential is and what the future holds. His abilities and his charisma shone. This has proved a great launching pad for Callum, not only in Boston, but also on the Eastern Seaboard.
“Dana couldn't have been happier with Callum's performance. As many UFC shows that he does, Dana gets very excited when Callum gets into the ring and puts on a great show. He is one hundred percent supportive of Callum`s career and building boxing on the UFC Fight Platform.”
Freddie Roach was also impressed by Callum's youthful maturity, especially as there was a late change in opponent due to injury. The opponent Callum fought brought appreciably more experience to the fray but was still swiftly overcome.
Tom spotted the brightest gem to come out of Ireland in ages and realized Callum was a diamond of many facets saying: “We saw Callum training and sparring and put him on one of our shows. Freddie told us he's one of the most talented and hardest punching young fighters that he's ever worked with. That's all we needed to hear!
“Things are definitely going on the fast track for Callum! I wouldn`t say Callum is cocky. He's just confident in his exceptional abilities. His next fight will be June 9th in Los Angeles as we want to keep him active. We want to do a similar promotion to that of Gennady Golovkin, who we built on the East Coast, the West Coast and we made him popular across the entire country.”
Tom also explained that Callum has been identified early and this is a considerable advantage because: “We started with a blank canvass as we began working with Callum when he was just 21. We have a nine years head start, as I didn't start working with Triple G until he was 30, then making his HBO debut. Callum is already building a reputation as one of the fastest young, rising stars in Boxing. I'm going to do everything I can, having learned from the championship fights with the Klitschko Brothers and Triple G, using a similar blueprint. Callum is really catching peoples' attention!”
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