Callum Simpson delivers first round knockout to continue Batley gym's success

There was more stunning success for a Dicky’s Gym fighter at the weekend with highly rated light heavyweight Callum Simpson making it six from six as a pro with a knockout victory.

By Tony Harber
Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, 9:00 am
Callum Simpson has made it six wins from six in his pro career.
Callum Simpson has made it six wins from six in his pro career.

The Yorkshire boxer built on his developing reputation with an audacious knockout punch seeing off Michael Osmanu Osunla in the first round at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Up against an opponent with a record of 11 wins and only two losses, including nine by stoppage, Simpson got on the front foot straight away and knocked Osunla down. He beat the count this time, but was unable to get up after Simpson finished him off with a classy uppercut just before the bell.

Victory took Simpson’s unbeaten record to six and it was the second time he has won by a first round knockout, showing why his trainer, Mark Hurley, who runs Dicky’s Gym, believes he is one of the most exciting prospects in the country.

Simpson is putting his success down to some good training and sparring.

He said: “I train hard and I’m sparring with some top lads, people who are world champions now, Commonwealth, British and I’m smashing it.

“I’m never out of the gym, I’m never unfit and always on it ready. With Mark I’ve not had a spar where I feel that somebody’s got on top of me in the past two years.”