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by Chris Lakey
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Ryan Walsh says he has the perfect inspiration to push him that one step further and collect the first title of his career next week – his twin brother Liam.
Liam emerged victorious from a stunning second defence of his Commonwealth super-featherweight title at the York Hall in Bethnal Green almost a fortnight ago.
Now Ryan is heading back to the home of British boxing to take on Liam Richards for the vacant English super-bantamweight title on October 21, with the memories of his last night there still fresh in his mind.
“I think Liam’s fight has kick-started what I am doing now,” said the Cromer man.
“I have been training for six months for this fight, we don’t stop. Me and Liam and Michael, when he isn’t injured, we train and train and train and the last kick I needed was watching Liam fight the way he did.
“I will be watching his fight before my fight – if you need any inspiration what to do in that ring, then that is what I am going to use.
“I just want the inspiration. I am his twin, I am of the same cloth.
“If I win my first title then on a personal level it will be the most satisfying moment, but on an emotional level I would struggle to match that night. The world title would be the only thing that could beat that.
“It was the best feeling – when I was hugging him in the ring I just wanted to stay there, I didn’t want to move. It was the best feeling I have had in my 25 years.”
The brothers were inseparable in the ring after Liam’s latest win, and if Ryan takes the English crown it is likely to be no different: “Michael is injured, but he is always with us,” said Ryan.
“He is our biggest driving force. Liam is the other half of me and Michael is our guardian angel. The support I get from Liam and Michael is phenomenal and I would be lost without it.”
Walsh has been sparring with former British featherweight champion John Simpson, concentrating on his footwork and defence.
“The job is to win and not take punches,” he said. “I base myself on my defence, that is my biggest asset. I don’t want to get hit, and that is an asset too. It doesn’t scare me, but I feel good when I make my opponents miss.”
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