Boxing brothers in winning form
The Walsh brothers maintained their perfect records, but enjoyed far from easy nights at the Wembley Arena on Saturday. Cromer's twins Ryan and Liam, 23, and older brother Michael, 25, all admitted they were not completely happy with their performances despite extending their unbeaten sequences to nine, seven and seven fights respectively.
The Walsh brothers maintained their perfect records, but enjoyed far from easy nights at the Wembley Arena on Saturday.
Cromer's twins Ryan and Liam, 23, and older brother Michael, 25, all admitted they were not completely happy with their performances despite extending their unbeaten sequences to nine, seven and seven fights respectively.
After successes for the twins earlier in the evening, it looked as if the night could turn sour as Michael was floored by a right hand in the first round of his clash with former Iraqi Olympian Najah Ali.
But roared on by tremendous backing from the Walsh brothers' 'Farmy Army' of fans, he showed bags of character to survive the count before turning the tables on Ali and stopping him in the third round after a fearsome display of power-hitting in a thrilling encounter, which lit up the arena.
And Michael admitted getting knocked down was a bolt out of the blue, but was pleased with the way he responded.
"I got tagged," the bantamweight said. "It's a good learning experience. I didn't see the shot at all, but I remember he was swinging them pretty heavy and trying to really take me out.
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"I got involved in having a fight with him right away. I could have boxed his head off; I keep persisting on having a fight because I keep persisting in wanting to knock everybody out."
Earlier, Ryan had kicked things off with an impressive display against the durable Ian Bailey.
The super-bantamweight had rocked his Slough opponent early in the first round with a right uppercut, leaving Bailey with a badly bloodied nose, which could have finished most opponents.
But Bailey proved he was a tough cookie and despite Ryan dominating the rest of fight and rocking his man several times, most notably with uppercuts, he had to settle for a 59-55 points victory. It was arguably his best showing to date, but Ryan was still unhappy with some aspects of his performance.
"It was exactly what we ordered - a tough test," he said.
"I'm happy, but I think if I get a chance to look back at it, especially in the third I could have ended the fight or at least got a count."
Meanwhile, Liam stopped the tricky Sid Razak for only the third time in his 45-fight career.
After a fearsome opening round, the super-featherweight stepped up the pace in the third with some clean head shots.
A right uppercut in the fourth rocked Razak and after a flurry of punches, the referee stopped the fight.
However, Liam is keen to improve.
"I think I was all right, I don't think I was that exciting to be honest,
but we'll see. I got the result and won by stoppage. He's never really been put down.
"I've got to improve and keep improving and it's a good learning fight," he stressed.
The Walsh brothers' trainer Graham Everett said he was delighted for his fighters for different reasons as they move closer to title fights.
"Ryan I thought boxed brilliantly. Liam really picked away, picked away and opened Sid Razak up and when the opportunity was there he seized it so a great performance by him.
"Michael gave 110pc entertainment as usual. He probably didn't do what I told him to do. When you fight a big counter puncher with a big right hand you don't go leading off to him, but that's Michael's way and hopefully he'll settle down.
"But that man has got the biggest heart you could imagine.
"They have high expectations and it's good to have those standards. They're still unbeaten and they're still on a roll."