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Norwich is a boxing success story – but fighters won’t rest on their laurels

09:34 16 November 2015

Norwich trainer Graham Everett with from left, Liam Walsh, Ryan Walsh and Michael Walsh.

Norwich trainer Graham Everett with from left, Liam Walsh, Ryan Walsh and Michael Walsh.

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Norwich boxing has enjoyed one of the most successful years in history – but trainer Graham Everett says he won’t be satisfied until the city can lift the arm of its very own world champion.

Everett has helped take Liam Walsh to the verge of the world stage, while twin Ryan added a second British title belt to the family collection and Nathan Dale was crowned world youth champion.

But Everett insists no one is allowed to sit on their laurels.

“When I have two or three world champions I will still want more,” said Everett. “When you start losing your ambition something is wrong.

“I said this about the Walsh boys when they were 17 – they will win a British title, minimum. My opinion is when you win a British title you can then win a European, you can then win an international title, and then you can win a world title.

“It is all about the right fight, the right time, the right promoter and a little bit of luck in there as well. Coming off a British title it catapults you.

“I know (promoter) Frank Warren is working very, very hard behind the scenes to capture something for Liam and I am pretty sure he is working towards a world title fight, be it super-featherweight or lightweight – whichever one it is we will go with, and if anyone will get it, it is Frank Warren.

“Ryan would like to keep his British belt so I think we are looking at a couple of defences, and that won’t hurt Ryan whatsoever because I believe Ryan gets better every fight and we have not seen the best of Ryan, nowhere near.

“It will be a big year for both of them, age wise and everything else.

“They are physically at the peak of their careers, so I believe, injuries aside, 2016 will be a massive year for the Walsh family.”

Dale has suffered the highs and lows of boxing – the 24-year-old from Norwich won the world title in February, but then underwent hand surgery which will see him out until March.

However, Everett – preparing for the city’s final boxing show of the year on Friday – expects him to return better than ever.

“I am excited about Nathan next year,” he said.

“I think you will see a very, very focussed and explosive young man.”

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