Farmy Army fans can’t get enough of Cromer boxing brothers Liam and Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh dispensing some advice to twin brother Liam as they prepare for their Copperbox fights. P

Ryan Walsh dispensing some advice to twin brother Liam as they prepare for their Copperbox fights. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Norfolk boxing fans can't get enough of local heroes Liam and Ryan Walsh.

The Cromer twins are preparing for the biggest week of their sporting lives.

In nine days time they will step into the ring with the some of the biggest prizes in boxing at stake.

For British featherweight champion Ryan, victory would mean he brings the Lonsdale belt back to north Norfolk for keeps.

The stakes are even higher for Liam, as he fights American Gervonta Davis for his IBF world super-featherweight title.


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And neither will be lacking in support: the famed 'Farmy Army' will be out in force on May 20 as they head to the Olympic Park's Copperbox venue – so much so that tickets are becoming like gold dust to find.

'We have sold hundreds ourselves,' said Liam. 'We have got to the point where we are struggling to get our hands on them.'

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The Farmy Army has followed the careers of the twins, and older brother Michael, since their professional debuts in 2008 and have established a reputation among the boxing fraternity as some of the sport's most loyal and noisy supporters.

'They will make a noise, no doubt about that, and we are desperate to give them something as a reward,' said Liam.

'I can't think of anything better than Ryan winning and me winning. That is what they want to see and that is what we are so, so determined to deliver.

'They work hard and spend a lot of money coming to see us and I just can't explain what it means. Without them I genuinely don't think we would be where we are today so I can't thank them enough.'

Ryan's task is to defend his title for the third time, with Northern Irishman Marco McCullough standing between him and a permanent memento of life at the top of the British featherweight ladder – the Lonsdale belt.

Liam's is somewhat more difficult: Davis, a protege of Floyd Mayweather Junior, is an odds on favourite – but the undefeated Cromer man is happy to go into the ring as underdog.

'It's taken me 21 fights but finally I am not the favourite,' he said with a smile.

'I'm happy enough with that.'

The fights will be shown live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

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