Calm before the storm as Ryan and Liam Walsh prepare to make some capital gains

Boxing brothers, Liam and Ryan Walsh at the Kickstop Gym, with trainer Graham Everett. Picture: Nick

Boxing brothers, Liam and Ryan Walsh at the Kickstop Gym, with trainer Graham Everett. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The hardest of the hard work is done for Liam and Ryan Walsh - now it is a case of counting down the days to fight night.

The Cromer twins head to London next week where Liam will have his final media duties ahead of Friday's weigh-in. His IBF world super-featherweight title challenge against Gervonta Davis tops the bill at the Copperbox on May 20 – Ryan's British featherweight title defence against Marco McCullough is chief support.

But for the 30-year-olds, who live and breathe the sport in each other's pockets, there are no demarcation lines.

Because Ryan will be on first, Liam is concocting a plan to ensure he gets to see his fight, before it's his turn under the spotlight.

'I'm hoping if they can put Ryan on early enough I can be somewhere near the ring,' said Liam. 'Worst case scenario is I will have to watch it from the aisles or have a TV in the changing room. Whatever happens, I won't miss it though.


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'To be honest, I am gutted I can't be in the corner... I've been thinking about whether I'd do it, but then I think emotionally I could lose energy because I get more edgy watching Ryan or (older brother) Michael than myself and I can't really afford to do that.'

Victory for Ryan ensures he brings home the Lonsdale belt for keeps – and Liam is backing him to bounce back from the defeat he suffered in Denmark last time out when he was controversially outpointed by home fighter Dennis Ceylan in a battle for the then vacant European featherweight title.

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'I am expecting a really good performance from Ryan,' he said. 'That is probably putting more pressure on him than is necessary, but he has been really good in our preparations.

'You can't really judge a man when everything is going good, you judge a man from when he has been down and how he comes back. Ryan should come back and put on a big performance and ensure he is better – and I am sure we will get that from Ryan again.'

The twins were on the familiar territory of the Kickstop Gym in Norwich yesterday as the doors were opened to the media. Next week it's London for a few days – before the business begins for real.

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