Liam Walsh claims points win over Joe Murray
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Liam Walsh maintained his 100pc record and kept his hands on his Commonwealth super-featherweight title after a points victory over Manchester's Joe Murray at the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park on Saturday night.
The Cromer boxer won a majority decision – a little surprisingly for some who thought he had done enough to win the vote of all three ringside judges.
Walsh had predicted it would be his most difficult fight to date, and he wasn't far wrong – Murray was an awkward opponent who was also taking into the ring his own perfect 14-0 record. Something had to give, and Walsh was determined it would not be him.
Walsh stepped up the pace in rounds six and seven, landing some fierce body shots three in quick succession at one stage – which his opponent did well to absorb.
Then in rounds 11 and 12, Walsh delivered some quality attacks to wrap it up. He also won the vacant International super-featherweight title.
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Fellow north Norfolk boxer Scott Moises was also an impressive performer, despite going down to the narrowest of defeats to Mitchell Smith, one of the rising stars of the Frank Warren stable.
The Southern Area super-featherweight title was up for grabs and Smith was a raging favourite to take it, but Moises surprised a lot of people, using his reach advantage to good effect and forcing his opponent to backtrack on many occasions.
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The decision went the way of Smith, 96-95 – but no one would would be surprised if there was a request for a rematch.