Classy Kurt Walker plans dominant reign at bantamweight

Antrim bantamweight Kurt Walker was punch-perfect on Friday night at the National Stadium where he retained his National Elite crown.

The Canal BC man comprehensively overcame flyweight champion Myles Casey who had moved up in weight, and the game soutpaw couldn’t handle the the much bigger Walker who won at a canter in one of the performances of the night.

Following the victory, a delighted Walker explained that “it was good, he was very awkward, very very awkward, so I just had to get the gameplan right – and I did.”

“I was too quick, too smart for him.”

“I only got hit about three times.”

I could have stepped up a gear , but he was catching me with the head every time so I didn’t want to risk anything ahead of the trip to Russia [Training camp/tournament with Ulster High Performance team].”

While many would, Walker isn’t complaining about having World champion and Olympic gold favourite Michael Conlan in his weight class, and instead joked: “what’s the chances that you have a World champion in your weight? Ireland’s first ever.”

Instead the Ulster man is planning to take over the mantle soon enough and notes how “I’m starting to get stronger now, smarter, doing what I have to do.”

Tokyo 2020 can’t come soon enough.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]