Warren lines up Carrow Road battle

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

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

Frank Warren plans to bring championship boxing back to Carrow Road – if Cromer's Liam Walsh wins the world title.

Walsh is fighting American's highly-rated Gervonta Davis for the super-featherweight belt in May at London's Copperbox Arena.

Warren, one of the world's leading promoters, says he explored the possibility of bringing the fight to Norwich.

However, while that was not possible he says he will be back if Walsh beats Davis on May 20 – a night when his twin brother, Ryan, will also be in action, defending his British featherweight crown.

With Sam Sexton also lined up for a guaranteed tilt at the British heavyweight title in the summer and a wealth of other local talent fighting out of trainer Graham Everett's Kickstop Gym, it would make for one of the biggest sporting nights in Norfolk for years.

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'We were looking at the football club and it was just the logistics in getting it sorted in time for May, which was a bit of a problem because of the football season,' said Warren.

'Let us hope Liam wins it and then I hope we can get the defence on there – we want to be there, absolutely.'

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Warren believes Walsh – who has never fought in Norwich – can overcome the odds and take the belt from Davis.

'It is a tough, tough fight against a guy they are touting to be the next big thing,' he said.

'He is involved with Floyd Mayweather so he has everything going for him in that department, but as we all know, we have seen upsets happen – although for me it wouldn't be an upset because I expect Liam to become world champion. He has a great temperament and for me he is sensational fighter.'

Walsh has spent his pro career working under the guidance of trainer Everett – and Warren says he could not be in better hands.

'I think Graham has done a fantastic job, he is like the unsung hero of British boxing,' he said. 'I have always had the utmost respect for him. He came down and net one of our fighters a couple of weeks ago when Craig Poxton beat Boy Jones in a great fight and I always know anybody he is involved with is always going to be 100pc ready to fight and he is involved in an exceptional young fighter in Liam who, I think, will win this fight.'

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