At the Copper Box Arena, London, next Saturday unbeaten Liam Walsh steps into the ring to challenge one of the youngest Champions in boxing Gervonta Davis. He has the backing of promoter Floyd Mayweather and holds the IBF World Super-Featherweight Title.
Speaking to iFL TV, Walsh’s promoter Frank Warren was firmly behind his man: “It has the ingredients of being a fantastic fight. Gervonta Davis is on Showtime, all the Yanks think he’s the next big thing. He has the money man behind him, Floyd [Mayweather].
“[Davis] ticks all the boxes as far as publicity is concerned and you’ve got Liam Walsh, who should’ve fought for a World Title a couple of times but had injuries, he’s now in with this guy and I think he’s going to win it!”
Both fighters are unbeaten, Liam Walsh is the taller man and a southpaw switch-hitter but has been dismissed as, “easy work” by Mayweather and his protege.
Warren says the American under-rates his southpaw opponent, “I like Gervonta Davis but this fight reminds me of Joe Calzaghe v [Jeff] Lacy, if [Davis] is as good as they say we’re gonna know because he’s in with one of the best boxers in this country.
“I want [Davis] to dismiss [Walsh] because soon as the bell goes, if he thinks he’s coming over here for a walkover, he’ll look at his corner and think ‘you told me it’s not going to be like this.’ Course they’re [overlooking] Walsh. Everyone’s going to have to take their hat off to him because as I understand no one gives him a chance.”
Watch Liam Walsh challenge for Gervonta Davis IBF Super-Featherweight Title, May 20th at the Copper Box Arena, live on BoxNation. Sky customers can Buy BoxNation with offer code ‘MAYBOXING’ for free registration (normally an £8 fee).