Golden Contract: Ryan Walsh through to featherweight final
Ryan Walsh conquered Tyrone McCullagh to reach the Golden Contract featherweight final.
Walsh sent McCullagh to the canvas to secure victory at York Hall via scores of 96-92 097-91 97-91.
“Full regard . I tip my hat to him,” explained Walsh on Sky Sports after. “I’m buzzing, I am into the final.
“I think a tall orthodox sounds great to me. Stylistically, Leigh Wood is best for me.”
Walsh took the centre of McCullagh and the ring circled on his feet at a opener that saw neither guy property any punches that were purposeful.
McCullagh continued to dance in the second, while Walsh tried to target the human body in the next in a bid, darting in and out of scope to property.
After failing to capture the Northern Ireland fighter at the a frustrated Walsh manhandled McCullagh into the canvas at the fifth before being captured by a left-right combo.
Walsh had the Derry man unsteadily backpedalling before the bell and then managed to pin McCullagh from the first time, sending him into the canvas using a heavy hook.
That the seventh round was claimed by mcCullagh but was soon blindsided by the Cromer fighter at the next and the southpaw was delivered by also a huge right hook.
Walsh fell him for a time from the struggle and stalked his McCullagh together with his shield down at the penultimate round.
McCullagh landed a one-two at the onset of the 10th but the British featherweight champion replied with the heavier shots and hand his hands high in victory.