EVERYTHING about his debut professional bout in the Ulster Hall went about as well as Callum Bradley could ever have imagined.
The 20-year-old from Omagh produced a disciplined, mature performance against a much more experienced opponent, who was drafted in at late notice and he got to showcase his skills immediately before the headline act – Conrad Cummings’ WBO European Middleweight title fight with Luke Keeler.
Bradley was due to fight 27-year-old Pole Kamil Jaworek, but he withdrew two days before the bout, leading to Nicaraguan Jose Aguilar coming in as a replacement.
That late change didn’t concern the young Omagh man, though: “The opponent got changed two days before the fight, but it didn’t bother me and I didn’t change anything because you don’t really find out who you’re up against until the day in the amateur ranks and I’ve fought loads of different styles, so I wasn’t worried,” he explained.
Having enjoyed the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in the Ulster Hall during his walk to the ring, Bradley showed calmness beyond his years during the bout as he stuck to his gameplan throughout.
“It was brilliant to be on just before the main event and it was probably a good thing for MTK to do because everyone was saying I probably got the loudest cheer of the night!,” he beamed.
“When I was standing waiting to come out for my ring walk, once the music came on the hair on the back of my neck stood up, I took it all in and as soon as I got into the ring I switched on.
“I thought I boxed well. He was tough and having watched him before I knew I wasn’t going to stop him because he’s fought some top lads and he’s always gone the distance.
“I went in to box smart. He was trying to egg me on, but I just stepped back, boxed and moved – I thought I boxed maturely, especially with the crowd and the atmosphere. I didn’t let it get to me, I just boxed the way I box and got the job done.”