Walsh can take on best in the world

Liam Walsh can go on to become a world champion according to his Norwich-based trainer Graham Everitt, but must focus all his efforts for now on seeing off Paul Appleby tomorrow evening.

Super-Featherweight Commonwealth champion Walsh takes on Appleby at the York Hall and Everitt believes that if he can come through this bout with another victory under his belt then he could follow in the footsteps of two-time world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide.

'Liam eats, sleeps, and drinks boxing, he absolutely loves the game,' said Everitt before the debut show of George and Francis Warren of Queensbury Promotions. 'He's got a great opportunity to shine against Appleby and he will take it. Liam's got a great amateur pedigree and his work ethic is tremendous.

'I'm lucky to be working with Liam and his brothers Ryan and Michael, whilst Sam (Sexton) is a good lad as well.'

It's not just Liam that Everett has high hopes for; he believes that all three of the Walshes, who train at the KickStop in Norwich, can reach the highest level.

'Liam, Ryan and Michael are of championship standard,' Everett continued. 'Ryan has got an English title fight coming up.

'Ryan and Liam are twins and they train together all the time. Michael's injured at the moment, but when all three of them get going again everything's there, they are great kids.'

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For now though Everett doesn't want to look past Appleby.

'We have the utmost respect for him, and we know he's a good kid,' added Everitt. 'All being well we get past the 30th and then we look at the British title and more championship fights.'

Walsh revealed he is very pleased with how his preparations for the fight have been going in their Norwich base with Everitt.

'Preparations have been going well and I feel this has been my best training camp to date and I have done more sparring than before. I feel brilliant and there will be no excuses on my behalf,' said the 25-year-old.

'I've studied a lot of Paul's fights, I've got quite a lot of his fights on DVD. I've been preparing for lots of different strategies.

'He is aggressive, but in his last couple of fights he's used his jab and defence a bit more, but I'm prepared either way.'

Tickets are priced at �40 and �60 and are available from 07920114698 or 07796206124.

The bout will also be screened live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 456).

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