Cromer’s Liam Walsh eager to set record straight against Joe Murray
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Norfolk boxer Liam Walsh will make the first defence of his British title against Manchester's Joe Murray.
Walsh will put his super-featherweight strap – and the Commonwealth version – on the line on February 28 at the 02 Arena. The pair met as recently as September, 2013 – and the result is a contributory factor in the rematch.
Walsh is entitled to a voluntary defence - and wants to settle a score with Murray, who has maintained he was better than a majority decision loser when they first met.
'Murray personally asked me for the rematch after the first fight and I promised that I'd give him a chance in the first opportunity and I've now honoured that,' said Walsh.
'The first fight was close, but without making excuses, I feel that I wasn't at my best that night and I made plenty of mistakes, in fact I cringe when I watch the replays as I was so bad.
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'I promise this time around I will do a much better job on Murray and the public will see the real me, 100pc and ready to put on a career best performance.
'I'm a totally different fighter and if he's preparing for the old Liam Walsh he's in for a big mistake.'
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Trainer Graham Everett added: 'They were a little bit unhappy last time. They felt it was a very close fight while as far as Team Walsh are concerned, while the decision was the right one, we perhaps didn't feel Liam had been at his best. So we have a point to prove.
'They have been calling for it and we have obliged, so everyone should be happy. It is a good fight, no doubt, and it is on a good bill. Our intention is to defend on what we consider to be another step to winning the title outright and moving on to the world stage.
'We need to be as busy as possible – it is very important to us and Liam is now getting in the physical prime of his life. And we intend to make the most of that.'
The headline fight of the night is Tyson Fury against Christian Hammer.
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