Get off your bike, Liam Walsh tells Joe Murray
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Liam Walsh wants Joe Murray to 'leave his bike at home' when the two men do battle for the British super-featherweight belt tonight.
The Cromer boxer meets Murray 17 months after what has now become a disputed victory over the Manchester man: Walsh won by a majority points decision and, as far as he was aware, that was it – until Murray made it clear he was unhappy with the outcome. In fact, Walsh was unhappy as well, but with his own performance, so matching the pair together again makes sense if only to ensure arguments are settled once and for all.
They go head to head at the 02 Arena, with Walsh's British and Commonwealth straps up for grabs.
As per usual, the Farmy Army legion of fans will head south to support Walsh, and this time he wants to ensure they go home somewhat happier.
'The last time I went out of there half beating myself up,' said Walsh. 'He was holding on to me all the time and I wasn't good.
'I watched the video again and I don't think I took him seriously – I looked at my facial expressions and attitude, and it was a big mistake. You can cause yourself problems doing that and I think I fell foul of it. You can see I wasn't 100pc focussed, but he is fighting a different fighter this time.'
Murray says the same.
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Walsh said: 'I am not on any social media but enough people have been getting hold of me to tell me he has had a lot to say – 'he won the fight, this time he is going to knock me out, he is a better fighter now, he is bigger, he is stronger'.
'He seems to have turned into the Incredible Hulk over the last two years. He says he is coming to fight, which is nice because last time he turned up with his push-bike and I had to chase him around the ring all night so, yes, it would be nice if he came to fight.
'I have certainly improved since the last fight with him – he has had one six-rounder since he lost to me. I have had a 10-rounder and a title fight, so we will see.
'I have the British title and everyone wants it – I have never seen so many people come out of the woodwork since I won it.'
Walsh won the British strap with a superb demolition of Gary Sykes in November, but says that performance will have no bearing on tonight.
'Style-wise it suited me,' he said. 'I am not going to kid myself – he was made to order for my style. Joe Murray isn't - he is negative, not aggressive. He is quick, I will give him that - it is about the only thing he is good at apart from talking.'