By Jonny Stapelton
He may be a dedicated boxing student but Dee Walsh showed glimpses last Saturday night to suggest he could become a master of the fight trade in the future.
The 21 year old made his pro debut on the under card of Tyson Fury’s King’s Hall bow and the Belfast fighters performance received a A+ grading from manager Gary Hyde and watching fight fans.
Walsh looked calm, cool and collected and both picked and varied his shots well. Brave Belfast battler Gerard Healey tried to land big but couldn’t fight ’Waldo’ with his punches enabling the debutant to win by a referee’s scorecard of 39-37.
Indeed Walsh had an chance to stop his foe in the last round, but was happy just to register his first win without the vest.
“He was a lot tougher than I thought he was going to be. I have to admit that. I just tried to weather the early storm and rely on my skill,” Walsh said after the fight.
“I have a lot of natural skill. I just love boxing. I study everybody and try and learn as much as I can. I wasn’t nervous before the fight and that’s why I got caught with one or two at the start because I wasn’t cautious. I though I won it handy enough. I felt I won every round but I am not going to argue with the ref. At the end of the day I got the win.
I thought the ref was going to stop it at one stage and I stopped. That killed the momentum, but I am happy with the win regardless of how it came.”