Callum Walsh (5-0) is one of Ireland's and Europe's most exciting prospects after an impressive amateur career on the emerald isle. If anyone knows the Irish circuit on the amateur scene, winning one Irish championship title is impressive enough, and winning six is quite frankly remarkable and impressive. Throw a European gold medal into the mix, regardless of nationality or gender. The world is potentially your oyster.
Cork native and now a resident of LA, California. Walsh takes his first steps into boxing on the east coast of the States, like many Irish fighters who have trodden down the paths before him in the past generations. At only twenty years old, Walsh explains how he ended up living in California, never intended to become professional, and linked up with legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
Legendary boxing figure Tom Loeffler, responsible for the career of former unified world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former promoter of the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, promotes Callum. Callum has been a regular feature on Loeffler's Hollywood Fight Night cards in California and impressed, giving Loeffler the confidence to put Walsh into his first ten-round contest against Wesley Tucker (15-4) at the Agganis Arena, Boston. Wesley is a late opponent change but has not fazed Walsh at all and does not expect the contest to last the scheduled ten rounds.
"I always train for myself. My whole amateur career, you never even look at the tape on your opponent. You should show up and fight, and I definitely do not expect this to last ten rounds."
Callum is aware that he has a target on his back for his upcoming fight with Walsh, boxing on UFC Fight pass and trained by Freddie Roach and feel's tucker will be bringing his best on Thursday. Not just to claim a win over Walsh but also over Freddie and Dana White.
Walsh is an exciting fighter to watch, with four knockouts out of his five wins so far as a professional. Callum gave an insight into his style from his natural style and now boxing out of Raoch's famous aggressive style, which he has implemented for years with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, to name but a few.
I think I'm an all-around fighter. I had a very good amateur career. So a counterpuncher, and then I moved over to Wild Card and Freddie Roach, and adapted to the very aggressive style. I mean, so I can do it all. I can box for ten rounds. But people don't want to see that, they want to see blood and knockouts and that's what I'm looking for. I'm going in to put on a show and hopefully just get the job done.
Finally, Callum, who made his pro-debut in December 2021, still cannot believe how he has found himself in this position and reiterated that he didn't intend to turn professionally.