Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Callum Walsh scored the second victory of his career in scoring a first round knockout of Gael Ibarra in the main event of promoter Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions’ St. Patrick’s Day Bash card on Thursday night at Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, CA. Walsh only needed one straight left hand to the jaw that sent Ibarra down. Ibarra was very “Game” and got up on very unsteady legs and the bout was stopped at just :33 of the first round. Callum Walsh advances to 2-0, with 2 Knockouts. Gael Ibarra falls to 5-7, with 4 Knockouts.
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Super-Middleweight Cem Kilic scored a second round knockout of Antonio Hernandez. Kilic dropped Hernandez in the closing seconds of the first round with a short right hand to the head. In round two, he stepped up the pressure with a body attack, this including stunning Hernandez with a left hook to the head. Ultimately, Hernandez went down from an accumulation of punishment in the closing seconds of round two. Although Hernandez was able to get up from the second knockdown, he showed no indication that he wanted to continue and the bout was promptly stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:51 of round two. Cem Kilic advances to 16-1, with 11 Knockouts. Antonio Hernandez falls to 6-13-2, with 4 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Lightweight Adrian Corona was held to a six round majority draw with veteran Joe Perez. A very tactical fight, neither fighter was really able to stand out clearly from the other as many of the rounds were closely fought, but at the conclusion of the bout, the result was a majority draw. 58-56 (Corona) and 57-57 (On two scorecards resulting in a majority draw. Adrian Corona advances to 9-0-1, with 2 Knockouts. Joe Perez advances to 15-6-3, with 10 Knockouts.
Light-Heavyweight Marco Deckmann scored a fourth round stoppage of veteran Victor Fonseca. Deckmann used a consistent attack to the body of Fonseca that did take a while to take effect, but gradually began to increase as the bout progressed. In the fourth round the body work had a visible effect on Fonseca causing him to catch his breath, a right hand to the ribcage caused Fonseca to take a knee in the latter stages of the fourth round. Fonseca signaled that he had, had enough and the bout was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:42 of round four. Marco Deckmann advances to 8-1, with 7 Knockouts. Victor Fonseca falls to 18-11-1, with 14 Knockouts.
Rising Middleweight Eric Priest scored a quick first round knockout of David Lopez in just nineteen seconds. Priest immediately opened the fight with a barrage of punches that froze Lopez on the ropes and caused him to be stationary on the ropes. The end came when a combination as part of that barrage snapped Lopez head back and forced a stoppage of the fight. Eric Priest advances to 7-0, with 5 Knockouts. David Lopez falls to 5-3, with 3 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Featherweight Omar Trinidad began the evening by scoring a six round unanimous decision over veteran Ivan Varela. A very spirited and competitive bout from the outset, Varela overcame a bad cut over his right eye, which he suffered in the first round to give Trinidad his toughest test in what was his first six round bout. Varela’s best moments in the bout came when he was able to land periodic right hands to the head of Trinidad. As the bout progressed, Trinidad began to stalk and walk Varela down and was able to earn the convincing decision victory with a highlight being the body work he was able to do on the inside. Official scores were: 59-55 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Trinidad. Omar Trinidad advances to 7-0-1, with 5 Knockouts. Ivan Varela falls to 5-4, with 3 Knockouts.
This card, which was the first for Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions new broadcast agreement with digital combat sports streaming network UFC Fight Pass, showcased several rising prospects in the 360 Promotions stable. For Callum Walsh, who made his professional debut in December of last year in a fight that only lasted thirty-eight seconds, has now spent just over one minute in the ring as a professional. Although it is obviously early in the pro career of the twenty-one year old Walsh, it will be interesting to see if this fighter, who has shown a seek and destroy mentality in his first two bouts will be able to go a full round in his next bout, which is tentatively scheduled for May 5th on another 360 Promotions card. For now, Walsh has already succeeded in generating the type of buzz that is the goal of all prospects and their promoters. We will see if he can continue building that buzz as 2022 progresses.
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