Norwich boxer Nathan Dale inspired by Liam and Ryan Walsh as he pursues title
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Nathan Dale says he is drawing inspiration from stablemates Liam and Ryan Walsh as he targets his first major domestic title.
The Norwich boxer has a perfect 20-0 record that looks likely to help him muscle his way into the light-welterweight picture - with an English or British belt his target.
Dale is back out again on November 25 in Norwich, with trainer Graham Everett and promoter Mervyn Turner closing in on an eliminator fight.
If it happens it will come hot on the heels of two huge fights for Everett's Kickstop Gym, with Liam Walsh – who has recently vacated his British super-featherweight belt – fighting a world title eliminator against Andrey Klimov on October 8 and twin Ryan heading to Denmark a week later for a European featherweight title fight against Dennis Ceylan.
The Walsh brothers are regular sparring opponents of Dale's and both were helping out in the corners as the 25-year-old enhanced his growing reputation with a ferocious points victory over Artur Geikins at The Halls in Norwich on Friday.
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Long hours in the gym have clearly rubbed off on Dale; the straight left jabs to the torso, the vicious body punches, the switch from head to body – all carried the Walsh trademark.
'I don't mind admitting that after years of working alongside them I am happy to pick up a few of their shots, if you like,' said Dale. 'They are the best and I want to be the best so it just seems sensible that I learn from them. They are fighters I look up to. They are the best in the country at their weights and that is where I want to be.'
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Dale's next outing could be an eliminator for the English or even the British title.
'Talks are going well and we are just about there,' said Everett. 'If we get the opponent we are after it could be an eliminator for the British. It won't be a final eliminator, but this will put Nathan right in the picture for a title shot.'