Rising Jr. Middleweight prospect Callum Walsh scored a third round knockout of veteran Delen Parsley on Thursday night at the Quiet Canyon Country Club in Montebello, CA. Walsh landed a straight left hand that caused a delayed reaction on Parsley that sent him down on one knee in the first round. Parsley got up at nine and the fight continued. It would be more of the same in round two as Parsley would be knocked down for a second time with another straight left hand to the head from the southpaw stance. In round three, Walsh closed the show dropping Parsley for the third and final time. This time a straight left hand put Parsley down on his back on the canvas. The bout was immediately stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:26 of round three. Callum Walsh advances to 5-0, with 4 Knockouts. Delen Parsley falls to 13-2, with 4 Knockouts.
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Jr. Middleweight Serhii Bohachuk scored a second round knockout of Aaron Coley. A right hand, left hook to the head combination sent Coley down to one knee where he took the count and attempted to get up at ten. Official time was 1:54 of round two. Serhii Bohachuk advances to 21-1, with 21 Knockouts. Aaron Coley falls to 16-5-1, with 7 Knockouts. With the win, Bohachuk won the vacant WBC Continental America’s Jr. Middleweight championship, which should move him up the WBC Jr. Middleweight ratings.
A very competitive Jr. Bantamweight bout saw Daniel Barrera and Isaac Anguiano fight to a four round majority draw. What was a scrappy bout from the outset, Barrera generally initiated the combat while Anguiano landed effective counter punches and making things extremely difficult. At the conclusion of the four round bout, two of three official judges scored the bout 38-38, while the third official judge had Barrera winning 39-37, resulting in the majority draw. Daniel Barrera advances to 1-0-1, with 1 Knockout. Isaac Anguiano advance to 3-1-1, with 1 Knockout.
Unbeaten Featherweight prospect Omar Trinidad scored a second round stoppage of veteran Jose Garcia. The end came in the second round when a combination of hooks to the body by Trinidad followed by two left uppercuts to the head followed by a right uppercut and a follow up of hooks to the head forced a referee’s stoppage of the bout. Omar Trinidad advances to 10-0-1, with 8 Knockouts. Jose Garcia falls to 13-3-3, with 9 Knockouts.
In an entertaining back and forth battle Lightweights David Romero and Michael De La Cruz fought to a four round split decision draw. Romero seemed to have the quicker hands of the two early as he frequently threw punches in combinations. De La Cruz meanwhile, almost always answered back with offense of his own and landed some counter punches throughout. At the end of four rounds, two judges were split between the two fighters, each turning in a scorecard of 39-37, while the third judge arrived deadlocked at a 38-38 scorecard resulting in the split draw. David Romero advances to 2-0-1, with 1 Knockout. Michael De La Cruz advances to 1-1-2, with 0 Knockouts.
Women’s Jr. Bantamweight Gloria Munguilla began the evening by successfully making her pro debut in scoring a four round majority decision over the also debuting JoAnna Espinoza. Munguilla began the fight by bull rushing Espinoza and throwing constant punches. Although Espinoza was able to gradually find a rhythm and have some success in rounds two through four, Munguilla’s cleaner offense and harder landed punches proved to be the difference. Official scores were 38-38 (Even), and 39-37 (On two scorecards in favor of Gloria Munguilla. Gloria Munguilla advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. JoAnna Espinoza falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Callum Walsh has gradually turned into one of the prospects in the entire sport of Boxing that everyone should have on their respective radars. Although he only has five fights in his career, he is gradually stepping up the caliber of his opposition. Delen Parsley was on paper a fighter that was supposed to provide a test for the unbeaten prospect having thirteen professional bouts to his credit going into this bout and having never been stopped previously in his career. This fight followed Walsh’s last outing in August, where he was forced to go the distance for the first time.
While that fight against Benjamin Whitaker was a workmanlike performance, it likely served Walsh better in terms of his development as a fighter to have gone the distance. Having said this, one thing that fighters who are able to begin their careers with a string of knockouts seem to want to prove after being forced to go the distance in a fight, is that they still have the ability to end a fight quickly. Walsh certainly proved that with his knockout of a “Game,” but overmatched Delen Parsley.
As for what is next, Walsh could be back in the ring as soon as January of 2023 according to his promoter Tom Loeffler. Even though the building blocks are still very much being laid in the foundation of the career of Callum Walsh, if he continues to step up his level of opposition and continues to not only win, but produce the types of performances that he did against Delen Parsley, it is not necessarily hard to envision a scenario where Walsh could be on the verge of world title contention going into 2024 if not challenging for a world title by then. The development of a fighter is far from a perfect science both in terms of a fighter’s training and preparation going into a fight, but also the strategy of a fighter’s handlers in trying to move that fighter up the ladder of contention with the ultimate goal of fighting for a world championship.
Not every fighter’s journey is exactly the same and some fighters are able to advance up the ladder of contention quicker than others. While it is not known at this point whether Walsh will be one of these fighters who moves up at an expedited rate, assuming that there are no setbacks or anything else unforeseen that might delay things, if he continues to produce these types of performances, it will become increasingly harder to not put him in against a top contender or world champion if he continues to win.
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