Walsh set for home world title bid
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Cromer's Liam Walsh looks certain to make his first world title challenge in England this summer.
Walsh will fight American Gervonta Davis for the IBF super-featherweight title.
Davis posted a message on his Twitter account which suggests he is preparing to cross the Atlantic, saying: 'Hey Mr Warren well let's make it happen.
'See you soon. UK I'm coming home!'
And the response was just a revealing, with Warren tweeting: 'We've got very big news coming next week for both @Tommy_Langford1 & Liam Walsh... watch this space.'
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It is understood that Warren has pencilled in a press conference for next week when news of the venue and date will be officially confirmed.
Whilst the prospect of travelling across the Atlantic was never an issue for Walsh or trainer Graham Everett, there is little doubt a home fight is more advantageous.
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'At the end of the day a boxing ring is a boxing ring,' said Everett. 'The trip would not have been a problem, but it is better to be in the UK. You can't beat being in England as regards the preparation, so it is massive for us to get a home fight and I can't thank Frank Warren enough – if he gets it sorted for England then he has done a great job as a promoter, simple as that.'
Walsh will be the first Norfolk-based boxer to fight for one of the recognised world titles since Herbie Hide, who lost his WBO world heavyweight crown to Vitali Klitschko in June, 1999.
It will also be the first of three major title fights ahead for boxers from Norwich's Kickstop Gym, with Liam's twin, Ryan, defending his British featherweight crown for the fourth time on May 5 when he faces Marco McCullough at the Copper Box in London.
Former Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton will face Scotland's Gary Cornish for the vacant British heavyweight belt. If a deal is not in place by next Tuesday the fight will be subject to purse bids.
Lowestoft's Craig Poxton, managed by Everett and trained by Matt Smith, secured the Southern Area super-featherweight title last week at York Hall, while on Friday night in Norwich, Zaiphan Morris has his first title fight, for the British Classic Challenge featherweight belt.