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Walsh Injured, Withdraws From Ricky Burns Clash

Liam Walsh has been forced to withdraw from his WBO World Lightweight title challenge against champion Ricky Burns after suffering a back injury in a car accident earlier this week.

The unbeaten Cromer star, 26, was due to face Burns on Saturday 15th December at the ExCeL London, but after receiving expert medical advice he has been told to rest and not resume training for four weeks.

Burns, from Coatbridge in Scotland, will still headline Frank Warren's big multi-title show with the third defence of his title against a new challenger to be announced shortly.

An action-packed show features Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves defending his title against the Road Warrior Glen Johnson in an exciting chief supporting contest, and big-punching Billy Joe Saunders defends his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Nick Blackwell with the Vacant British title also on the line.

Walsh, who holds the Commonwealth and WBO European titles, said, "I'm devastated at the moment that I’m not going to be challenging Burns for the world title.  I have followed the advice of the doctors and withdrawn from the fight. The doctors have said hopefully I'll be able to resume training in four weeks. To fight for the world is my dream and this is just a set back and hope that I can get the opportunity to fight Burns again.  I wish Burns all the best in his title defence and all the other lads on the show.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 11-16-2012

Who can they get in on short notice? Well, fairly short notice. Lenny Zappavigna from Oz is a name that springs to mind. Not a great fighter but the Aussies always talk up a good fight. Otherwise I suspect we'll…

Comment by dan_cov on 11-16-2012

I probably shouldn't say it but damn that is a relief, this was a horrific match I had literally zero interest in. Hope they get a half decent replacement in.

Comment by techliam on 11-16-2012

It was a good domestic fight, not a major one. I hope Walsh heals up soon, hes a nice lad. I agree Burns should be frying bigger and better fish, scots-style.

Comment by D-MiZe on 11-16-2012

[QUOTE=taansend;12703437]Injured? Or did Frank realise this was a fight no one wanted to see?[/QUOTE] I thought the latter mate but whatever the cause, it's a great conclusion! :lol1: Burns did look a bit embarrassed in the press conference for the…

Comment by taansend on 11-16-2012

Injured? Or did Frank realise this was a fight no one wanted to see?

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