Graham Everett’s stable of boxing stars celebrate a perfect night

Michael Walsh on the attack against Hungarian Krisztain Laufer at the Epic Studios in Norwich on Friday evening. Picture: Jerry Daws Michael Walsh on the attack against Hungarian Krisztain Laufer at the Epic Studios in Norwich on Friday evening. Picture: Jerry Daws

Monday, March 25, 2013
4:50 PM

Trainer Graham Everett praised his stable of stars after they produced six of the best – and most varied – performances on the latest Norwich fight night.

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Walsh brothers Michael and Ryan finished their business with stoppages while four stablemates were comfortable points winners.

But it was the manner of each victory which had Everett purring.

“Six out of six – you can’t ask for much better than that,” said Everett.

The Walsh brothers both faced Hungarian opponents, Michael ending Krisztain Laufer’s night early after a devastating attack in the middle of the first round while Ryan took on the awkward and highly unconventional Oszkak Fiko.

“With Ryan it is probably a good job it was boxing and not a street fight because he could have been in trouble there,” said Everett. “He was very awkward, but Ryan’s class shone through in the end.

“Michael saw a gap and he launched – he is an impulsive fighter and when he saw the opportunity he went for it – job done.”

Michael was at ringside as Ryan was trying to maintain his discipline against Fiko – and it was a bit of brotherly advice which saw the fight finish early.

“I have never seen anything like him before,” said Ryan. “It takes a lot to unsettle me, although I was getting a little bit annoyed that he was pulling my head down and I thought the ref might take off a point.

“I always think I will find a way – I am a thoughtful fighter and don’t want to do anything that is wrong, but I have to give a massive shout to Michael because when I dropped the kid I came back to the corner, which is when you have to be most relaxed, because a wounded animal can be most dangerous, and Michael said ‘cannon a right to the head’. So I walked out with that one thought – I just threw a wild right.

“Usually mine are quite precise but this has come quite long – as unorthodox as I had been dealing with – and once they land you don’t want to take them.”

“The two Hungarians came for a fight, that’s for sure,” said Everett. “But I am really pleased, all the lads got good workouts.”

Sam Sexton was a 60:53 points winner over Tomas Mrazek, of the Czech Republic – after a good performance against a fighter who has gone the distance with the likes of Mike Perez and Tyson Fury.

Sexton was facing a southpaw boxer for the first time in his boxing career – amateur and professional – and put Mrazek on the canvas in the fourth, a first for the visiting fighter.

“He has never been stopped before apart from on a cut and as far as I am aware he has never been dropped,” said Sexton. “I have never fought a southpaw before, even as an amateur, so it was a little bit tricky, but I was happy with that. He went over and was cut – I hit him to the body a couple of times because he was squealing a bit. When I do hit it hurts and I tried to be a bit more aggressive – I think I had a few more gears left and if he was an orthodox boxer I think I would have taken him out.”

Other winners at Friday’s fight night at Norwich’s Epic studios were Scott Moises, who beat experienced Londoner Mickey Coveney, Nathan Dale, who made it nine wins out of nine against William Worburton, of Manchester, while Norwich’s Duane Green had a debut win over Drew Campbell, of Colchester.

“They all got good workouts,” said Everett. “It was six really good rounds by Sam – I’m pleased with that.

“Nathan I thought was very good and very accomplished and the most impressive thing was the other lad and his trainer both said afterwards what a handful Nathan is – and he fights everyone and is very clever. Nathan looked good against someone who it is hard to look good against.

“Scotty – good performance. Mickey Coveney is a dangerous fighter, an ex-Irish champion, so I am really pleased with that.

“Credit to Jon (Thaxton) – he has worked very hard with all the boys and with me – it has been a great camp.”

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