Cromer boxer Liam Walsh to defend Commonwealth crown at Copper Box

Liam Walsh.

Liam Walsh. - Credit: PA

Cromer's Liam Walsh will put one belt on the line and challenge for another when he steps into the ring again in September.

Walsh will defend his Commonwealth super-featherweight title against Manchester's Joe Murray at the grand opening of the Copper Box Arena – which was the handball arena for last summer's Olympics – with the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt also on the line.

Walsh was involved in a thriller against world champion Scott Harrison in April and beat the gritty Scotsman on points to claim the WBO European lightweight title, but steps back down to super-feather for the showdown with Murray.

'After coming off a career best win against Harrison, I'm heading straight into a clash against a good unbeaten challenger in Joe,' said Walsh, who fights out of the Kickstop Gym in Norwich.

'I'll have fantastic support with me on the night as I do for all my fights and the Copper Box will be rocking from the noise my crowd will make.

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'I've had cracking battles against Paul Appleby and Harrison in the capital and this will be no different.'

Murray – whose brother John was a former British and European lightweight champion and coincidentally the last man that one of Walsh's trainers, Jon Thaxton, fought – challenges for the second pro title in his career and reckons he'll end Walsh's winning run, which stands at 14.

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Murray said: 'This is a step up for me, but I'm ready for the challenge and I know I can beat Walsh and take the title.

'You can't question his heart, he loves to fight and he's got great skill. I believe in my own ability and this is my moment to prove it.'

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