Liam Walsh v Gervonta Davis: home grown world title would be pinnacle of Norwich trainer’s career

Graham Everett, right, talking tactics with Jon Thaxton at the Kickstop Gym. Picture: Nick Butcher

Graham Everett, right, talking tactics with Jon Thaxton at the Kickstop Gym. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Trainer Graham Everett hopes to see the reward for years of hard work this weekend when Liam Walsh attempts to bring a world title back to Norfolk.

Everett is no stranger to major title fights – he worked closely with former Norwich heavyweight Herbie Hide who twice won a world crown, as well as Jon Thaxton, who won major honours at British and European level and now works alongside Everett.

But he admits the prospect of Walsh beating IBF world super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday would be the highlight of his 25 years as a trainer - especially as he hopes it follows twin Ryan successfully defending his British featherweight title on the same card.

'I think it is a little bit special for me because I have trained Liam and Ryan from the first day they went professional,' said Everett.

'We trained for about five or six months before they made their pro debut – there was a lot of work to do. They were good amateurs and there is a transition in style that has to be made before going into the pro ranks.

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'We worked hard at just getting them stronger, of getting them doing more rounds, longer rounds, the changes in style.

'When they first came in here I think (older brother) Michael was 14 and Ryan and Liam around 12.

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'They were still young amateurs then and for a few years they came back and forth to spar when they were in championships, the ABAs and major junior titles.

'First impressions? I just thought they were very good, they had something about them, they were determined young men.

'The fact we have been working together for so long means this weekend is special, seeing both lads who have come through everything together. It is a proud night for us all, and for Norfolk.'

It's a clash of cultures at the Copper Box on Saturday – Davis' success has come under the banner of boxing's Mr Money, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who has been fine-tuning his protege's preparations in Las Vegas.

Walsh, meanwhile, travels from his Cromer home to train at the spartan Kickstop Gym on the northern outskirts of Norwich.

'We're happy with what we have,' said Everett. 'What does the attention bring you? We are happy with what we do and happy with what we achieve amongst ourselves. Who needs attention?'

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