John McCallum defies nasty cut to win first pro belt

John McCallum with his belt
John McCallum with his belt
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There were some mixed results for Edinburgh’s pro boxers on Saturday night, but perhaps most significantly, light middleweight star John McCallum returned home as the new International Masters Bronze champion.

Despite suffering a nasty cut just above his left eye in the third round, the 25-year-old, right, defeated Poland’s Sylwester Walczak on points in London’s York Hall to attain the first belt of his professional career and believes he is now ready to make the mark in his division.

He said: “I was pleased with my performance, but I was just unlucky as he (Walczak) kept head-butting me and split my eye open. I had to get four or five stitches as it’s a pretty deep cut. If it wasn’t for my trainer Jack stopping the bleeding, then the doctor would have stopped the fight. I was pleading with the referee to let me continue.

“(Promoter) Steve Goodwin has now mentioned the possibility of a WBO international in February on the Ricky Burns undercard, but it all depends on this cut healing. If not, then I will be boxing at York Hall again in London in March. I’m looking to make a big statement next year.”

Paul Appleby was also on the Lionheart and Braveheart show at the London venue but came up short in his six-round light welterweight clash with Philip Bowes.

Middleweight John Thain made it 11 wins in a row by defeating Max Maxwell in his six-rounder bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.