Everett believes Liam will fulfil superstar potential
Graham Everett is certain he has another star on his hands as the Walsh family maintained their 100 per cent records on Saturday. Twins Liam and Ryan carried the Cromer flag in the absence of injured older brother Michael - both completing their jobs inside the first round.
Graham Everett is certain he has another star on his hands as the Walsh family maintained their 100 per cent records on Saturday.
Twins Liam and Ryan carried the Cromer flag in the absence of injured older brother Michael - both completing their jobs inside the first round.
Ryan scored a 49-second win over Eugene Heagney, while Liam took just one minute and 59 seconds to inflict the first stoppage defeat on Ibrar Riyaz - a performance that drew admiring glances from the experts around ringside at Upton Park.
And Everett - who also trains Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton at his Norwich gym - isn't about to argue.
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'He is a huge prospect, a massive prospect,' said Everett.
'There is so much talent in there, and the good thing is there is also so much dedication.
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'They are all dedicated kids who live their lives properly. They are good boys to work with - I won't say it's easy, but I love every minute of it.'
The reward was a masterclass from Liam, who made it eight wins out of eight - and the seventh inside the distance.
'I am seriously saying that I think Liam is a superstar in the making, I really genuinely believe that,' said Everett.
'He boxed to instructions, boxed at distance, picked his shots - how can he do any better than that?
'What he did was basically punch perfect, a great display.
'If that was Amir Khan they'd be raving about him. That kid can go all the way, there are no two ways about that.'
Riyaz was forced to take a standing count after a series of body shots, but was soon back in trouble - although Liam admitted a quick finish wasn't necessarily the plan.
'I wouldn't have been disappointed if it had gone to points, but everything went good,' he said.
'I'm not getting big-headed, but I would like to get some rounds, some tough rounds, so I can condition my body and get used to doing the rounds. I know I can do them, I am comfortable.
'Riyaz had never been stopped - Jon Baguley had never been stopped and I stopped him in three rounds; Baz Carey had been stopped four times in 59 fights and I stopped him in three.
'Maybe I have hit the nail on the head somewhere.'
The brace of stoppages may not have been in the game plans, but they came as no surprise to Everett.
'Nothing shocks me,' he said.
'I know how good they really are. I know what they are capable of and I know as they move up in class they will show a lot of people.
'They're not anywhere near the finished article, but they sent out a massive message tonight - they're two decent fighters they beat.
'I think we saw what Ryan is capable of.
'We've worked hard in the gym and we have tried to get Ryan to step on the gas a little more because he is such a perfectionist, he likes to throw perfect shots, but what he is now doing is throwing perfect shots, but more of them and going through the gears.
'He had that kid in trouble early and he didn't let him off the hook - that's a move forward.
'I am more than happy with that -in fact, I am delighted.
'He has got to be knocking on the door of an area title, an English title.'