Frank Warren praises Ryan and Liam Walsh for “incredible” boxing knowledge

From left, Michael Walsh, Liam Walsh and Ryan Walsh. Picture: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

From left, Michael Walsh, Liam Walsh and Ryan Walsh. Picture: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo - Credit: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Leading promoter Frank Warren has praised twins Liam and Ryan Walsh for their 'incredible knowledge' of boxing.

'Both twins are very studious in their fight preparations with plenty of homework and research carried out behind the scenes,' said Warren. 'Many fighters give this side of things a miss and prefer to leave the scouting reports to their trainers, but these two are genuine fight fans, possessing an incredible knowledge of the sport.'

Liam has earned a world title shot against IBF super-featherweight champion Jose Pedraza following his points demolition of Andrey Klimov in Harrow last weekend.

'Negotiations are already underway for a match with the champion Jose Pedraza and we are working very hard to get the fight in the UK,' added Warren on his website, 'It is an opportunity the youthful 30-year-old more than deserves because, for me, it was one of the performances of the year by a British boxer who outboxed and outfoxed the rated Russian (Klimov).

'Typically, the modest Liam was reluctant to bang his own drum after the fight and was critical of himself for not delivering a tear-up for his army of fans who travelled down in considerable numbers from Norfolk.

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'If the unsung top trainer Graham Everett, who has done a magnificent job in East Anglia, and his brothers Michael and Ryan did keep the reins on him in Harrow, then I make them right. There was simply too much to lose for him to cut loose and potentially get careless.

'I firmly believe Liam has got the beating of Pedraza, who is also a quality operator as he showed the British audience in his defeating of Stephen Smith. I do strongly suspect that the better the opponent we put in front of Liam, the classier he will become.'

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Ryan aims to add the European bantamweight title to his British strap when he faces Dennis Ceylan in Denmark tonight.

'Ryan is favourite in my book to add another belt to his collection,' added Warren. 'The twins are a little different in their approach to the game, with Ryan more prepared to take an early initiative and force the issue. Since winning the British title last year in a tight, cagey contest against Hull's Samir Mouneimne at Wembley, his stock has risen along with his confidence and he was hugely destructive in his felling of both Darren Traynor and James Tennyson in his two defences at York Hall and the Copper Box respectively this year.

'He has come on leaps and bounds and has been rightly rewarded with a shot at the European title.'

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