Twitter spat signals the drawing of battle lines for Liam Walsh and Floyd Mayweather Jnr protege Gervonta Davis

The main men - Liam Walsh, right, with Gervonta Davis, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Picture: PA

The main men - Liam Walsh, right, with Gervonta Davis, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

The opening shots in the mouthwatering world title clash between Cromer's Liam Walsh and Gervonta Davis have been fired.

https://twitter.com/Walsh7Ryan/status/856429161291931648

The two meet in London on May 20 at the Copperbox in London, with the American's IBF super-featherweight belt on the line.

Walsh keeps away from social media, but twin brother Ryan is a regular Tweeter – and couldn't resist a dig at Davis after a video emerged of the Floyd Mayweather protege running up some steps during a training session.

'The speed he leaves England when my brother exposes him!!' Tweeted Ryan.

Davis was quick to respond: 'You can get in there next after I whip ya brother ass. Flat!'

Liam Walsh faces Gervonta Davis on May 20. Picture: PA

Liam Walsh faces Gervonta Davis on May 20. Picture: PA - Credit: PA


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Ryan countered with: 'Ooh only just seen this well well chubby fast stuff when my twin dethrones you what use would you be to me...I'll give you a comeback whooping if your still interested after Liam deals with you.'

The bell has temporarily sounded on the trans-Atlantic duel, but there is little doubt the heat has been turned up in the build-up.

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One man most definitely in Liam Walsh's corner is undefeated WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight champion Jack Catterall, who has been sparring with Walsh in Tenerife.

'I've been sparring Liam in Tenerife and he's looking really, really good,' said Catterall.

'His timing and footwork are brilliant. I was very impressed. I've also sparred Gervonta's brother Malik Hawkins at the Mayweather gym.

'Gervonta looked really good when he dealt with Pedraza. He clearly packs a big punch so Liam needs to stay switched on, use his feet and brains, and avoid getting involved. If he can do that, Walsh wins by points decision.'

Ryan Walsh defends his British featherweight title against Marco McCullough on a fight night which has already sold out of floor seating.

Light-heavyweight knockout artist Anthony Yarde takes on Southern Area champion Chris Hobbs for his first professional title while teenage heavyweight star of the future Daniel Dubois goes in search of another big knockout, plus Southampton's Joe Pigford and Barking's Aaron Morgan put their unbeaten records on the line.

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