Fort Worth, Texas, USA April 26, 2014 – Standing 8 prospect, Liverpool, England’s Craig Callaghan, impressed his bosses with a spectacular performance in the North Texas town of Fort Worth which is considered the cultural gateway to the American west. A left hook started his opponent, Jerron Lockette, reeling backwards only a few seconds after the opening bell, putting him on the canvas. Lockette bravely beat the count only to run into another, this one a check hook, thrown as Callaghan stepped back from the charging foe. As the saying goes, the third time was the charm for the Liverpudlian as a crushing hook sent his opponent to the canvas with wobbly legs unable to rise and thus prompting the referee to halt the bout.
The bout was Callaghan’s first since returning to the USA with his newly acquired athlete’s visa and he was able to gain some fans in his new home state of Texas. Standing 8 Promotions held the fight at the Amon Exhibit Hall.
Craig is an undefeated welterweight who won the prestigious Haringey Cup, Europe’s largest amateur boxing competition and various international competitions as a member of England’s amateur boxing squad.
After turning professional in Australia, Craig has experienced a bumpy ride as a professional with an extended time away from the ring due to visa issues. Since defeating James Harrison and Hector Garza in Hurst, Texas, Callaghan has frustratingly sat on the sidelines as the visa problem was sorted. Happy to be back in the ring Callaghan took out all pent-up frustrations on his challenger.
Craig described his bout, “I felt really good to back in the ring. I went out there and did what I was trying to accomplish. My conditioning coach Evans Tobler has me in great shape. But there are things for me to improve and next week I’ll be back in the gym with Bobby and Chris just getting better.”