‘King’ Callum Walsh and The Bronx Beast, Ismael Villarreal met for the first time on Monday night for a photo and video shoot at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden to promote their Thursday, November 9 fight showdown. They were accompanied by promoter Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions.
Walsh will make his New York debut on one of boxing’s biggest stages, The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The ten-round main event will be broadcast globally on UFC Fight Pass, which is also making its Garden debut for boxing.
Ranked No. 16 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), the native of Cork, Ireland returns to battle following a fourth-round stoppage of veteran Juan Jose Velasco in Los Angeles, CA.
Presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions, the highly touted 22-year-old Walsh, (8-0, 7 KOs), will make the second defense of his WBC US Silver Super Welterweight Title, against Villarreal (13-1, 9 KOs), from Bronx, NY.
On Sept. 20, Villarreal defeated John Martinez (19-3, 16 KOs), via a TKO 2, ending the Miami fighter’s four-year, eight-fight winning streak. Villarreal scored three knockdowns in round two, forcing the referee to end the fight with two seconds remaining in the round. The combined record of Villarreal’s last six opponents when he fought them was 93-19 – a winning percentage of 83%.