Ryan poised to follow in his brother’s footsteps?
Unbeaten Norfolk fighter Ryan Walsh is ready to join his twin brother as a champion after making it a dozen professional wins on Saturday night, according to trainer Graham Everett.
The 24-year-old brother of Commonwealth champion Liam and fellow unbeaten Cromer boxer Michael was too much for tough Redcar cookie Gavin Reid to cope with, finishing the fight late in the seventh on the undercard of John Murray's successful EBU lightweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
And after impressing again in front of the television cameras and his watching promoter Frank Warren, Everett believes Ryan deserves the chance for a belt of his own.
'To be honest with you, it was an absolutely perfect fight – everything we hoped for came out of it, everything he had been working on in the gym, it all went to plan,' said Everett, based at Norwich Kickstop gym.
'We knew Gavin would be tough. It's irrelevant he has lost five, they have all been against top notch kids. He is always a good test and as Ryan said afterwards, he was tough, took shots that really he shouldn't take and then fired back.
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'So that is a fantastic learning experience for Ryan and it really does set him up for title fights.'
Walsh – whose last fight was a points victory over Scottish fighter James Ancliff back in October – almost had Reid down in the first, but the 32-year-old repeatedly battled back until the penultimate round proved a bridge too far.
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'We'd like to think the last two fights – eight rounds with James Ancliff and this really tough seven-rounder against Gavin Reid – what better preparation could you have for a title fight?' added Everett.
'It's so valuable – you tick so many boxes in fights like that. Ryan's fitness levels were brilliant, his punching power looked very good and everything about him was superb.
'And let's not forget the fact Ryan has been out of the ring for five months. So you get these kids busy and you really have got another champion on the way to Norfolk. An area or British title, Commonwealth, anything along those lines.
'He is ready for these fights. That was the first time Ryan has had a genuine super bantamweight in front of him and he couldn't have picked a harder one, and Gavin Reid was absolutely full of praise for Ryan, which considering all the good fighters he has been in with is nice for Ryan.'
The wait to get back in the ring for older brother Michael may be a bit longer, after Everett confirmed the 26-year-old's shoulder injury needs sorting before he can return to full training – and ultimately the ring.
'He will be back,' said Everett of Michael, who was ringside to watch his brother on Saturday.
The Norwich trainer was also beaming after another of his fighters, Norwich's Scott Moises, took a trip to Liverpool with only a few days' notice – and knocked out unbeaten home boxer Paul Davies in just 84 seconds.
The 23-year-old super featherweight, who battled against leukaemia as a child, put Davies on the canvas twice before the contest was eventually stopped to leave Moises with successive victories and an equal record from four professional bouts.
'He is a great kid, honestly; never complains, and when you've been through what he has been through in life, it's just absolutely fantastic,' said Everett. 'And he is coming good, that's the thing. He's now had two stoppage wins on the bounce, his gym performance has been brilliant and obviously the sparring with Liam and Ryan Walsh is just helping no end and taking him up to another level.'