Callum Walsh Victorious Over Ismael Villarreal At
Sold-Out Madison Square Garden
In front of a sold-out crowd in The Theater at Madison
Square Garden and a global broadcast audience on UFC FIGHT
PASS, The Fastest Rising Star in Boxing, ‘King’ Callum
Walsh, (9-0, 8 KOs), of Cork, Ireland shined brightly in a
ten-round unanimous decision over Ismael Villarreal, (13-2,
9 KOs), of Bronx, New York.
The exciting seven-bout card promoted by Tom Loeffler’s 360
Promotions had the loud and passionate crowd on their feet
from the opening fight.
An electric anticipation filled the famed venue as Walsh
made his ring walk from the top levels of the stairs.
Following the United States and Ireland’s national anthem’s,
Walsh and Villarreal got right to work, exchanging having
handed combinations bringing roars from each of their loud
The valiant Villarreal slowed down in the middle rounds from
the punishing blows from the southpaw Walsh who used an
array of skills honed under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie
Roach at the renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles.
Villarreal scored a knockdown of Walsh late in the tenth
round, the first of his career, however the round ended
without any further damage.
Scores for Walsh at the end of the battle were 97-92, 97-92
Said the victorious Walsh, “I appreciate everyone showing up
tonight. This is his hometown and he really came to fight,
he’s a tough fighter. It took a little for me to get warmed
up but this was a real fight against a real fighter, I’m not
here to take easy fights. You’re bound to get hit at this
level but I proved that I can fight and win tonight. I’m
22-year-old and this fight will only make me better. We
clashed heads and he hit me low but it’s a fight so you keep
on going throwing your best shots.”
“I wasn’t hurt from the knockdown, more of a push and a trip
that put me down. You could see when I got up I was fine. It
happens, I have a good chin. I thought I won every round but
one or two.”
“I wanted to get the knockout but I’m happy with my overall
performance. I got hit too much which is something to work
on. I’m going to learn and come back better. I was very
happy with the crowd, there was a lot of loud support for
both of us.”
Stated promoter Tom Loeffler, “Ismael Villarreal was a very
tough opponent for Callum which we knew going into the
fight. But this victory and the response from the sold-out
crowd truly catapults Callum into the next level of
Sacramento, CA knockout artist Cain Sandoval, (11-0, 11
KOs), continued his terror through the junior welterweight
division, dominating and stopping Wesley Ferrer, (17-2-1,
8KOs), of Brooklyn, NY. Using a punishing arsenal and
constant pressure against Ferrer, Sandoval would earn the
stoppage in the fifth round (1:34) of their scheduled ten
Light heavyweights Umar Dzambekov, (8-0, 5KOs), of Los
Angeles, CA and Frederic Julan, (13-3, 10 KOs), fought in a
spirited eight round battle with each scoring throughout.
Both fighters used battering uppercuts as their prominent
weapons over the course of the eight rounder which saw no
Welterweight Gor Yeristyan, (17-0, 14 KOs), dropped
Argentina’s Luis Alberto Veron, (20-8-2, 9 KOs), in the
third round enroute to a unanimous eight round decision.
Scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73.
New York City favorite Brian Ceballo, (16-1, 8 KOs), won his
third fight in a row with a fourth-round stoppage of Kenneth
McNeil. A resounding body shot called a halt at the time of
Los Angeles based featherweight Omar Trinidad, (14-0-1, 10
KOs), impressively took his show on the road with a
first-round stoppage (2:27) of Andrew Bentley, (5-8, 1 KO).
Trinidad is undefeated since a draw in his pro debut.
In the night’s opener, super featherweight Feargal McCrory,
(15-0, 7 KOs), of Coalisland, Ireland won a six round
unanimous decision over Nikolai Buzolin, (9-7-1, 5 KO’s).
Scores on all three judge’s scorecards were 58-56.