Cromer’s boxing twins Liam and Ryan Walsh retain British titles
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Cromer twins Liam and Ryan Walsh retained their British titles at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night.
Liam retained his British and Commonwealth super-featherweight crowns by beating Coventry's Troy James, while Ryan took his featherweight crown back to his Cromer home after beating Belfast's James Tennyson.
Ryan put in arguably the best performance of his career to see off Tennyson. Ryan had already had Tennyson on the canvas in the second before a stunning fifth round. The Irishman hit the deck twice as Ryan took the wind out of his sails – ultimately the body shots did the trick.
Liam's task was somewhat different: James is short and stocky, but at times he lured the Norfolk man into a scrap he didn't want. James took a standing count in the third – he was caught by a Walsh jab but it looked more like a slip.
It was all over in the eighth – Liam was in full, high-explosive flow, James wasn't answering and his corner threw in the towel.
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'Ryan was better than me tonight,' said Liam. 'He showed far more quality, there were spells of real class in there. Ryan was clinical and focused against a very good opponent'
His brother begged to differ: 'There is something about Liam where it is so much more entertaining – he walks towards his opponent with a smile and says, 'come on, then, let's do it'.'
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