Freddie Roach trained former underage standout turns pro

Callum Walsh is turning pro after all.

The European Junior gold medal winner and 2020 National Elite Championship welterweight finalist has revealed he has decided to ditch the vest and join the pro ranks.

There were rumours the pro path was the one the Cork teen was going to follow when he was revealed he went Stateside to train with fellow Rebel talent Tommy Hyde earlier this year.

However, Walsh told he had crossed the Atlantic because lockdown made it hard to train for the National Elite Championships at home.

The 19-year-old’s father lives Stateside so the move wasn’t as dramatic as it first appeared. Walsh eventually found himself down in the Wild Card gym and having impressed is now being coached by none other than Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach.

Now the Riverstown BC graduate has confirmed he will turn over and become a paid fighter.

The young prospect has yet to confirm with who but hopes to share that information as well as a debut date before the month of April is done.

Walsh joins the likes of Paddy Donovan, Edward Donovan, Paul Ryan, and Jason Harty as standout underage amateurs to move into the pro ranks in recent times.

With no World qualification route to the Olympics this year there may be more amateurs looking to follow suit and some very promising young amateurs lost to the pro ranks before having the chance to make a major impact on the senior international stage.

The young prospect will confirm a managerial and promtional team in the near future.

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