At 22, Callum Walsh is ready to make a serious impact in boxing. The Cork-born fighter has worked his way up the ladder, faced tough competitors, and has never opted for the easy route.
Walsh will face Ismael Villarreal at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on November 9. The 10-round bout will air on UFC Fight Pass, which is currently under the watchful eye of UFC CEO Dana White. White looks to make an impact in New York a few days prior to UFC 295, which takes place inside the main theater at MSG.
Ireland has produced many elite level boxers: Jimmy McLarnin, Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Wayne McCullough, and Steve Collins to name a few. Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan have led boxing in the country over the last few years. Walsh is ready for the mantle to get passed to him.
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“I believe I can be the new face of Irish boxing,” Walsh told The Ring. “The time is now to fight in New York City because many people are following me now, and they know I take real fights. Look at my opponents. No one with my record or age would fight these guys, and I am not only fighting them, I am also knocking them out.”
The Sporting News looks into the career of Walsh, a kid looking to make a name for himself in boxing.
Walsh, trained by Freddie Roach and promoted by Tom Loeffler, is a six-time Irish champion and a European gold medalist. He turned pro in 2021 and has ammased an 8-0 record.
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“King” has won three fights in 2023, all via knockout. His last three opponents had fifteen+ wins (Wesley Tucker, Carson Jones, Juan Jose Velasco) and all had winning records. The last fight for Walsh was a retirement win over Velasco in August, adding to his seven wins via the power punch.
“Every time I get in the ring with someone, I am trying to hurt them,” Walsh said. “It’s either them or me. I pictured the ring as a coliseum and we as Roman gladiators. I watch Troy and Gladiator before my fights because I feel it is like life or death in there.”