UK News: The Walsh Brothers, Sykes-Buckland Clash


Liam Walsh and twin brother Ryan and elder brother Michael have made a pact to become world champions at the same time.

The unbeaten Commonwealth Super-Featherweight champion feels that he and his two brothers have what it takes to become champions at all levels.

Cromer star Walsh makes the second defence of his title against former British Featherweight champion Paul Appleby on Friday 30th September at London's York Hall - the debut show of George and Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotions.

“We’re all in the sport to get to the top,” Walsh said. “I genuinely believe Ryan, Michael and myself can be world champions at the same time. You see fighters that are world champions and have been champions and you think why not.

"I train everyday and I give my whole life to boxing, so why can't I be a world champion?

"Ryan is also genuinely determined, he is in the gym training with me everyday, I think Ryan is a bit underrated to be honest with you, some people are going to get a shock from Ryan but I will let him speak for himself.

"Michael is out injured at the minute and is a bit down in the dumps but when he gets back he'll take some beating. One day it would be brilliant if we were all champions, it would be a dream come true if we were all world champions."

With that being said, Walsh, who will be stepping into the ring for the twelfth time, wants to take things one step at a time.

"I'm in this sport to get to the top and I'm sure Paul is as well," he contined. "I can't look past Paul Appleby, I'm ambitious and I want to be a British, European and World champion but if I look beyond Paul I won't be any of them.

"Right now the only thing that I'm concentrating on his train for this might against Paul and beating him.

"I think it will be a cracking fight, I think the fans watching it will have a belter, we both have to go out there and win. I need to win , I'm on a path to where I want to be and for Paul it's pretty much his last chance.

"We're meeting at a good point in our careers because with both have to win and we're both going to lay it on the line."

Walsh and his brothers have continued training at their Norwich base with trainer Graham Everett.

"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 know excuses on my behalf,” the 25-year-old continued.

"I've studied a lot of Paul 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 defense a bit more, but I'm prepared either way."

Remaining tickets priced at £40 and £60 are available on Box Office 01992 505 550.

GARY SYKES insists he will prove that Gary Buckland got lucky when he stopped him in one round last year.

The British super-featherweight champion is eyeing revenge when he risks his British super-featherweight title against the Welshman in a rematch at Ponds Forge Arena on Saturday September 24.

Sykes, 27, was hammered in 45 seconds by the Hatton Promotions hitter when they clashed in Prizefighter last November.

Dewsbury’s Sykes who has sold 200 tickets for the Steel City showdown said: “Everything now is geared towards Buckland. There will be no excuses this time.

“When I lost to him in Prizefighter, there were lots of excuses as I went into that at very short notice.

“Me and my trainer, Julian McGowan have worked on a game plan to beat Buckland and I can assure that he won’t be doing another Prizefighter on me.”

The Buckland loss is Gary’s only loss in 20 fights and he’ll win a Lonsdale belt outright if he succeeds next week.

He won the title against Andy Morris in March 2010 and outpointed Kevin O’Hara and Carl Johanneson in subsequent defences.

He added: “I still rank my victory over Anthony Crolla as the best performance of my career, especially when you look what he has gone on to achieve.

“I’ve had bigger and better nights, winning the British title against Andy Morris and the win over Carl Johanneson but the night I fought Crolla, I felt brilliant and I know I will have to be the same against Buckland.”

In the chief support former European champion and WBC world title challenger Rendall Munroe meets Ryuta Miyagi in a non-title ten rounder.

Impressive prospects Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Richard Towers and Jezz Wilson are among the local hopefuls boxing on the bill.

Heavyweight Towers and light-middleweight Etches face Belarussian’s Yuri Bihoutseu and Yauheni Abdurazakau, respectively.

Jenkins who has sold 300 tickets bids for his second professional win against a selected opponent.

Wilson faces Deeside’s exciting light-middleweight Tom Doran in a battle of Hatton promoted hopefuls.

And the Steel city’s former Commonwealth light-heavyweight challenger Billy Boyle faces Welsh banger Justyn Hugh.

Manchester’s former amateur star Tommy Stubbs makes his pro debut when he faces, tricky Kuwaiti Anwar Alfadi, who boxes out of Brendan Ingle’s stable.

There are some tickets left priced £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222. Be quick, this show WILL sell-out.

The card will be screened live by Sky Sports.

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