Kurt Walker made his return to competitive action at the weekend after fourteen months away.
The reigning Irish bantamweight champion, whose last major fight came in that final versus Myles Casey, began his campaign for a third successive title with a comfortable win over Crumlin’s Evan Metcalfe in their semi final on Friday.
Showing some classy footwork, Walker never seemed to get out of second gear en-route to a unanimous decision victory.
The Canal fighter spoke to Irish-Boxing.com after the rust-shaking win and said that “I felt good. I was just getting into it. He was real awkward the way he rushed in. So I was just timing him. It was a good one to get back in with, he was awkward and tricky. The fight was just about trying to get my timing right and see what my timing’s like.”
“The home crowd, they made it seem closer than it was. They were cheering for nothing, he was missing shots and they were cheering. But like I knew I had it, the judges aren’t stupid. I wasn’t even getting hit, he just kept missing.”
Walker will face Stevie McKenna, who defeated Casey in the semis, in Friday’s final, and the Antrim boxer promised that “I’m going to push it up another level. I’m not going to be on the backfoot, I’m going to be working all angles.”
“We got on well and all when we were in camp and all, but I’m ready to go on Friday night and retain my title.”
Eric Donovan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill on Episode 2 of the Irish Boxing Show: