Liam Walsh eyes champion after outgunning Russian

Liam Walsh on his way to victory over Andrey Klimov.

Liam Walsh on his way to victory over Andrey Klimov. - Credit: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Liam Walsh earned himself a shot at the IBF world super-featherweight crown with a masterful victory over Russian Andrey Klimov.

Walsh was a comprehensive points winner e ringside judges scoring it 119-108, 120-107 and 120-107 and is now set to face champion Jose Pedraza.

Walsh took a couple of rounds to weigh up his opponent before taking complete control, putting the 34-year-old on the canvas for the first time in his career with a straight right at the very end of the fifth round.

With the Farmy Army fans roaring him on Walsh was never in trouble – although in the immediate aftermath of the fight, Walsh was more self-critical than anyone outside the ring.

'I need to watch the fight back,' he said. 'Everyone has told me it was brilliant but I need to watch it back because I feel like I could have done better. I always want to win at all costs but a very close second is to keep fans entertained.'


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