After a long wait for a shot at the World Title, unbeaten Cromer hero Liam Walsh is just days away from destiny and is as relaxed as ever.
On May 20th, the 21-0 Super-Featherweight challenges Floyd Mayweather-promoted IBF ruler Gervonta Davis, who is one of the youngest World Champions in boxing today.
Four and a half years ago, Walsh was preparing to take on Scotland’s Ricky Burns for the WBO Lightweight crown, but he was forced to pull out after being injured in a car crash.
Speaking exclusively to BoxNation at media workout on Wednesday, the 30-year-old admitted facing Davis at the Copper Box Arena could potentially be a better time to finally achieve his dream.
“I’d say I’m a lot better fighter now than what I was then [before the Burns fight],” he reflected. “Opponent wise, maybe I’ve got a trickier style now than what Ricky was. Ricky was a more established opponent than Gervonta, so there’s pros and cons. It’s a bigger event now.”
Nicknamed ‘Tank’, the brash Davis is touted as being the ‘next big thing’ in American boxing. Last January in New York, he pummelled previously-unbeaten Jose Pedraza in seven rounds to rip away the Puerto Rican’s belt and announce himself on the world stage.
“Experience wise he’s up there because he had over 200 amateur fights, but I’ve had more 12-rounders,” argued Walsh. “I’ve been in tough fights. I’m the better boxer in this fight, I’m sure of that. I’ve got a better ring IQ. He’s physically very good, fast and powerful, but he’s 22-years-old.
“They’re going on about his punch power. Yeah he punches hard, clearly, but he wouldn’t walk through my punches – I can assure you of that! You’ll see that on the night. There’s no way he’s walking through my punches,” reiterated the slick southpaw.
With an impressive 16 knockouts from his 17 bouts, Mayweather protégé Davis has earned a reputation as a heavy-hitter. In the States there is a lot of hype behind the Baltimore bruiser, which is something Walsh believes could be a key factor.
“He has to come and perform really well, unless he’s not doing his job – he’s touted as the next pay-per-view star of boxing. So him coming over here and scraping past me isn’t good enough is it? He’s got to put on a proper show, hasn’t he? That’s the pressure they’ve put on him.”
“I can hold my own at 9 stone 4 with any man on this planet! As long as I turn up at my best, I’m more than confident I win the fight. I’ll be at my best, and it’ll be a cracking fight I’m sure.”
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