Walsh vs Klimov

Liam Walsh Andrey Klimov

Walsh Klimov

The Harrow Leisure Centre, London

On air @ 7pm



IBF World Super-Featherweight Title Final Eliminator

Post-fight analysis

Liam Walsh claimed a unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov to set up a potential clash against IBF Super-Featherweight ruler Jose Pedraza.

Klimov had previously faced Terence Crawford and Pedraza, but Walsh was rarely troubled in a one-sided fight at the Harrow Leisure Centre.

Early on in the fight Walsh displayed his switch-hitting ability by starting in a southpaw stance during a cagey opening round. Klimov struggled to land any significant blows on his opponent, who was calmly picking his shots and dictating the rhythm.

Walsh began to land solid jabs and good combinations from an orthodox position. By the third, it was clear the 30-year-old was in front as he neutralised Klimov’s long reach and height advantage.

The California-based Russian tried to find some success with his jab but could not demonstrate much power. He struggled with Walsh’s quick movement which created openings to work the body.

At times Walsh was comfortable on the back foot, evading any attacks with classy movement. He scored a knockdown with a right hook to the side of Klimov’s head as the bell sounded for the end of the sixth.

Both men traded towards the latter stages but Walsh, remaining focused throughout, continued to box well and dominate as Klimov suffered damaging the right eye.

The 34-year-old attempted to force the fight and be aggressive but Walsh’s fast hands and footwork in the final few rounds capped off an excellent display from the Lancashire fighter who always looked in control against an experienced operator.

Two judges scored the contest a complete shutout, with the other giving the visitor just a single round.

On the undercard, Mitchell Smith got back to winning ways with his first fight with new trainer Adam Booth.

There was a potential eight round fight of the year as Jez Smith and Macauley McGowan both preserved their unbeaten records with a draw.


Pre-fight preview

Liam Walsh gets a shot at a final eliminator for the IBF World Title against former WBO Intercontinental Champion, Russia's Andrey Klimov.

With the dangled carrot a fight with Jose Pedraza up for grabs, Walsh will be determine to fulfil his unquestionable talent and land a shot at World honours for the first time.

The Puerto Rican Champion Pedraza holds a points victory over Klimov back in June 2015, with the only other defeat coming on the Russian's record coming to pound for pound superstar Terence Crawford.

Klimov has mixed it with elite company and should Walsh stop Klimov, he'll be the first man to do so.

After dispatching Troy James in the eighth round back in April to retain his British Title, Walsh moved to 20-0 and one step closer to his dream World Title shot.

Topping the undercard is Mitchell Smith who returns from injury and his first career defeat. Prospects Boy Jones Jr, Sanjeev Sahota, Archie Sharp and more will boost the bill.

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