Cromer boxing twins Liam and Ryan Walsh set sights on a British title double at Copperbox
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Liam and Ryan Walsh are determined to write another chapter in boxing history – with a double British title success.
The twins, who fight out of Norwich's Kickstop Gym, will defend their British titles on the same Copper Box bill in London on April 30.
Liam has been confirmed as joint top of the bill with Hughie Fury – cousin of world heavyweight champion Tyson – following the withdrawal through injury of Billy Joe Saunders, who was due to make the maiden defence of his WBO world middleweight title against Max Bursak.
The Cromer man will be putting his British and Commonwealth super-featherweight belts on the line against Coventry's Troy James while brother Ryan will make the second defence of his featherweight title against Belfast's James Tennyson.
The brothers are the only twins ever to have held British titles at the same time – now they are desperate to defend them on the same bill.
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'As amateurs me and Ryan both got to the Junior ABA finals two years running,' said Liam. 'He won his the first year and I ruined it and lost. The next year I won my final and he lost his. We've never really had that double win on the same night and this time we've promised each other we're both going to win; it's going to be a special night.
Liam was scheduled to defend his titles against James last summer, but the Coventry fighter was forced to withdraw due to a back injury, while Walsh has since undergone hand surgery.
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'I don't just want to win, I want to be brilliant,' said the 29-year-old Walsh. 'Come fight night I'll have been out of the ring just shy of a year and I'm buzzing to get back in there. Troy is a man I've known for a long time, I remember him from the amateur days. It's a good fight and he's a decent opponent; he went 10 rounds with Terry Flanagan and he's never been stopped. He's done all of his eliminators and he's earned his shot; he's got my full attention.'
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