Worlds apart but Liam Walsh is ready to take on bling around Floyd Mayweather and Gervonta Davis
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Liam Walsh was holding the spit bucket for one of his Norwich stablemates on Friday night – yesterday he was sharing a platform with arguably the world's richest sportsman and a fighter who stands between him and his dream.
The Cromer fighter takes on Gervonta Davis at the Copperbox Arena on May 20 with the American's world super-featherweight title on the line.
But it was Floyd Mayweather Junior who took centre stage as the fighters met for the first time at a press conference in the plush surroundings of the Savoy Hotel in the Strand.
Walsh was content to sit and watch as the flashbulbs focused on the man they call 'Money'.
'I don't really go in for this sort of thing,' he said. 'To be honest, I would be happy if they just gave me the date and the place and I just had to turn up on the night and do my thing.'
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Davis had spoken to some members of the media about his upbringing: it was a shocking story of drugs, family problems, violence, losing friends to a murderer's bullet. Baltimore and Cromer couldn't be more different, but that will matter little when they meet in the ring.
Walsh is studious, he doesn't take opponents for granted. He's quietly spoken out of the ring – just as Davis proved to be yesterday.
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When Davis beat Jose Pedraza to take the title in January, Walsh quickly began working towards his mandatory challenge.
Within days the boxing brothers – Liam, twin Ryan and older brother Michael – headed to Tenerife for altitude training.
'I watched the Pedraza fight and I have seen four or five other fights. I have studied him hard.'
For possibly the first time, Walsh goes into the fight as an underdog. But the more the spotlight is on Davis (and Mayweather) the better.
It is unlikely it will go under the radar: Mayweather never fought in the UK but, as a promoter, spoke of bringing 'the brand' here. And that means as much bling as you could possibly imagine. But in the middle of the extravagant show of wealth there is a truism.
'It is a fantastic fight between two young unbeaten fighters and that is the way boxing should be,' he said. 'Whoever wins has the world at his feet.'