Callen McAulay returns to the ring on August 17th as part of the Kash Farooq vs Duane Winters card, and will take on former Scottish champion, Marek Laskowski. This will be the Paisley boxer’s first fight since his impressive first round stoppage on the MTK show in March. Unfortunately, in that bout against Richard Samuels, although walking away the only guy to stop Richard, he also left with a fractured hand. Callen gave me his thoughts on the fight:
“It felt good, I felt strong even though the guy was quite a bit bigger than me. I went out looking to box but also be a bit more aggressive and then the stoppage came which was good but I walked away with an injury. I actually think it was the shot I landed before it got stopped that broke it. I didn’t really feel it at the time but after the fight it was swollen up and I could tell I’d done something”.
Whilst many dads stand on the side lines and watch their sons take part in sports, Grant – Callen’s father – has a closer eye on the action as cornerman, heavily involved in his son’s boxing training and career. He reflects on the March bout:
“During that training camp, we had been working on Callen being more aggressive, so I think he went out with full intentions to stop his opponent. Even after dropping him, he stayed reasonably measured, which is important after hurting them as to not smother your own work. He [Richard Samuels] had been fighting at welterweight/light-
His August opponent, Marek Laskowski, is a former Scottish lightweight champion and although at first glance his record (9-10-2) may not do him justice, this will stand as a step up for young Callen. When you scratch beneath the record, he comes as a tough experienced professional who has only lost to the Polish lightweight champion, Damian Wzesinski and other top prospects such as Lewis Benson and Darren Surtees. In his last outing, Marek took on top Kynoch Promotions prospect, Calvin McCord. Fans were treated to a brilliant fight as Laskowski sent Calvin to canvas on two occasions before eventually being stopped. Proving the Polish-Scot could be the perfect step-up fight as Callen looks to move towards his own title shot.
After an injury it’s common for boxers to ease themselves back in with a weaker opponent; however the team are confident it’s nothing to be concerned about and have opted to step up:
“Yeah my hand’s all good, we’ve seen a few doctors about it and all has healed up well. I’ve been hitting the bag for a while now with no issues and I’ve now had a few sparring sessions, which is the real tester, and it felt fine when I landed, so I’m feeling good and ready”.
Callen only just turned 21 but, despite his youth, is keen to get his first title shot before the end of the year. When I asked who he’s got his eye on, although not looking past his next opponent, he told me :
“Well, Ahmed Ibrahim, he’s the Scottish champion at my weight [light-Welterweight] so that would be a good place to start and we’ve worked with Kynoch Promotions in the past, they know I sell tickets, so don’t see why we couldn’t make that fight happen”.
But first, Callen must get past Marek Laskowski on the 17th August, in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. The fight is part of Kash Farooq’s bid to win the British Bantamweight title outright and will also feature Craig Morgan and Boris Crighton. Unlike other St. Andrews Sporting Club events, this will not be an exclusive black tie event and tickets are slightly cheaper starting at £65-£100. Make sure you get along to fantastic night of boxing and potentially part of Scottish boxing history. Get in contact with Callen or any of the other boxers on the bill to get your tickets!
As always Callen is very appreciative of his sponsors and would like to thank Instyle Kitchens and Bathrooms, Urbanfit, Angelini’s Pizzeria and JMG Utilities LTD. for helping make his journey possible.
Written by Allen Payne