Liam walsh v Gervonta Davis: Walsh will recover says promoter Frank Warren

Floyd Mayweather Jnr at the Copper Box. Picture: PA

Floyd Mayweather Jnr at the Copper Box. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Frank Warren has vowed Liam Walsh will recover from the first defeat of his career.

Much of Warren's reputation owes to his ability to match his fighters, and he cited his work in rebuilding Amir Khan's reputation after his first defeat as reason to believe Walsh will return.

'It wasn't as bad as when Amir Khan got knocked out (in 2008 by Breidis Prescott) in the first round and got done,' said Warren. 'He wasn't bashed up, was he? He just got caught and that was it.

'He was disappointed the referee stopped it; he felt he stopped it prematurely, but that's boxing.

'Liam should take a break, it's not like he took a hiding or anything; he got caught with good shots. He's a quality figher, he got his tactics wrong. He was doing a lot of feinting; he should have been letting his shots go, but it didn't happen. He'll come again.

'When guys come over here, have got the crowd against them, you've got to jump on them at the start, but they had their tactics, I think, to come good in the second half of the fight. With me, in these fights every round should be the last. You go out to win every round, can't give anything away.

'(Davis) certainly looks a better fighter than I thought he was; there's no doubt about that. He's a quality fighter, he came into the lion's den, wasn't fazed, and all those things say a lot about a fighter.

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'To come over and do what he did; you've got to take all that into account, and he's a young man. He'll get involved in some seriously big fights down the road.'

Davis, 22, furthered his reputation as a fighter of potentially the highest calibre with his latest clinical performance.

His promoter and mentor Mayweather – expected to return later this year to fight Conor McGregor – insists 'he's not even 100pc', and his influence could be seen in the way Davis spoke to Walsh during their fight.

'I was telling him, 'ee's too slow',' said Davis. 'I took my time, I thought he was going to hold up a few rounds. I fed off the crowd.'

Mayweather added: 'He has to be one of the most exciting boxers. He's not even 100pc, he can only get better. We're not going to rush him. He's still learning.'

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