Liam Walsh v Gervonta Davis: Liam Walsh is ready for anything, says Frank Warren
Hype is all part of the business of boxing, but when Frank Warren is asked about Liam Walsh’s date with destiny, a serious edge appears in his voice.
It isn’t a precursor to barren words beloved of certain promoters, more a way of ensuring the honesty of his views are firmly understood.
Warren may be Walsh’s promoter, and it may be big business, but Warren is a boxing man, and a genuine fan of the Cromer fighter.
Walsh despatched Andriy Klimov in the final eliminator for a title shot with a performance that was a far cry from the war of York Hall against Paul Appleby in September, 2011, the first major fight on Warren’s new BoxNation TV network.
It is Walsh’s ability to outwit and destroy at the top level, or hold his ground on a domestic battleground that had Warren purring.
“His last performance... that was a boxing class that he gave, absolute boxing class,” said Warren. “Then you can look at other fights, like Appleby – that was in the trenches, toe to toe.”
His faith in Walsh is unequivocal and why he is backing his man to upset the odds against Gervonta Davis tomorrow night in London.
“Whatever way you want it we will have it. Good fighters can adapt - they have plans A and B and he has a plan C as well. He is a smart fighter.
“He is 31 years of age, but he is a young 31 years of age. Other than the Appleby fight I can’t think of any real wars that have taken anything out of him.”
As Warren acknowledges, much of that is due to years of hard work with trainer Graham Everett at Norwich’s Kickstop Gym.
“They do a fantastic job,” he said.
“Graham is one of the most under-estimated trainers in the country, or Europe I would say.
“At the end of the day the two guys are going to get into the ring and it is down to them.”
Which means, for Davis, the influence of Floyd Mayweather Junior comes to an end.
In the ring it is simply two men and a referee.
“Floyd Mayweather is the most standout boxer of his generation, without a doubt. But Liam is not fighting Floyd Mayweather, he is fighting Gervonta Davis from Baltimore, USA.”