Manny Pacquiao Jr. became the WBC amateur lightweight champion with a victory on Hollywood Fight Nights.
Pacquiao extended his win column record after putting a recent defeat behind him. The Filipino star remains on track for a professional run after being presented with a World Boxing Council title.
Manny Pacquiao Jr
Fighting in a special lightweight amateur bout, the ‘Son of a Legend’ defeated Dylan Merriken unanimously.
Manny Pacquiao Jr once again drew a huge following to his fight.
On the Thursday night bill at the Quiet Cannon Montebello Country Club, ‘King’ Callum Walsh (4-0, 3 KOs), of Cork, Ireland, won his fourth professional bout against Benjamin Whitaker (15-9, 3 KO’s).
Walsh was the featured fight of 360 Promotions’ Hollywood Fight Nights, broadcast internationally on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Fighting in front of a sold-out venue of passionate supporters, Walsh dropped Whittaker in the first round of their six-round bout. He displayed his full arsenal of world-class talents, winning every round in the eyes of the judges with scores of 60-53 on all three cards.
Promoter Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions said about his 21-year-old talented charge: “Going the distance tonight against a far more experienced veteran was a tremendous learning experience for Callum.
“He was in great shape and was able to show the skill set which we believe validates him as one of the top rising stars in boxing.
“We’ll be announcing his next fight in October shortly.”
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach guides Walsh.
“It was a great night of fights, a full house of Southern California boxing fans and celebrities. We can’t wait to announce our next event,” continued Loeffler.
“Among those in attendance were UFC President Dana White and Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. Also, actor/television host Mario Lopez, World Champion Seniesa Estrada, UFC stars Tony Ferguson and Kevin Holland. Plus, UFC referee Mike Beltran and award-winning photographer and music video director Estevan Oriol.
In the scheduled six-round co-feature, Omar Cande Trinidad (9-0-1, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, defeated Salinas, CA native Javier Padilla (7-1-1, 5 KOs) by fourth-round stoppage.
In an eight-round contest Chelsey Anderson (6-0, 2 KOs) of Yorba Linda, CA, outworked and defeated Aida ‘Lady Sparta’ Satybaldinova (6-3-1, 2 KOs) of Hollywood, CA.
She won the WBC Women’s International Lightweight Title. Scores were 77-75 twice and 78-74.
In a battle of middleweight contenders, Cem’ The Champ’ Kilic, (17-1, 11 KOs), of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Marco ‘El Muneco’ Delgado, (7-4, 5 KOs), of Turlock, CA clashed for eight rounds. Kilic was declared the victor by scores of 80-72 twice and 79-73.
Eric Priest (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA, stayed undefeated with a spectacular first-round knockout (2:46). He beat previously undefeated Cory Conner (3-1, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV. Priest drove Conner to the canvas with a big right hand for the stoppage.
In a sensational four-round junior middleweight matchup, Jesus Gonzalez (5-0, 2 KOs) of Riverside, CA, stayed undefeated. He won via split decision over Eduardo Diaz, (7-3, 2 KOs), of Inglewood, CA.
Scores were 38-37 twice for Gonzalez and 38-37 for Diaz.
Competing in the super middleweight division, Jordan Pathan (1-0, 1 KO) had an impressive pro debut with a stoppage over Arturo Manriquez Perez (2-2-2, 1 KO).
He got off and running with a first-round knockout (1:16).