Tamworth teenager Josh McCulloch has recorded a sensational first-round knockout victory in his debut international fight.
McCulloch hit his Thai opponent with a perfectly timed elbow at Bangla Boxing Stadium on Phuket, Thailand, on Wednesday night.
The first KO of his career extended the 58 kilogram state champion’s winning streak to six fights, and improved his record to 11 wins, two losses and a draw.
The win against an unnamed opponent, whom McCulloch’s trainer Scott Chaffey said was a regular fighter at Bangla Boxing Stadium, is an ideal tune-up for the Tamworth High Year 12 student’s first tilt at a national title.
That will come when he fights Joe Florence for an FTR national belt at Toukley on August 11.
On Wednesday night, McCulloch connected with the elbow as his Thai opponent rushed him carelessly.
Following the win, which came during a training camp organised by Chaffey’s Black Belt Academy, McCulloch said: “It was such an awesome experience fighting at Bangla Boxing Stadium and fighting and beating a Thai with an elbow knockout in the first round. I can’t wait to jump back into the ring.”
Chaffey said: “It was an awesome fight – not only coaching Josh to his first international fight but to see him get his first win by KO. It doesn’t get any better.”