Boxing brothers step up

Cromer twins Ryan and Liam Walsh return to action at the end of the month - and will punch goodbye to an era.The Cromer boxers will contest four-round bouts for the final time in their fledgling careers as their management team push them up to six and eight-round contests - a sure sign that title fights aren't too far away for two of British boxing's top prospects.

Cromer twins Ryan and Liam Walsh return to action at the end of the month - and will punch goodbye to an era.

The Cromer boxers will contest four-round bouts for the final time in their fledgling careers as their management team push them up to six and eight-round contests - a sure sign that title fights aren't too far away for two of British boxing's top prospects.

The 22-year-old twins will fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green - against opponents yet to be decided - on the undercard of Kell Brook's British lightweight title fight against Stuart Elwell, although older brother Michael will miss out because of a hand injury.

'This will be the last four-round fights for the boys,' said trainer Graham Everett. 'After this they will be moved up to sixes and eights, which is the next step in their progression.'


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Everett sees the change as a natural step-up in their development - and because they fight at light weights then title challenges may not be far away - even though they have only eight outings between them.

'This is the next stage - and I believe the stage after this will be a title fight,' Everett added.

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'People are being pushed forward that much earlier nowadays and there doesn't seem much of an opportunity for them to get lots of experience under their belts.

'You can see some of them fighting for belts with only 15 fights to their name.

'But in the twins' case we believe they can be catapulted into a title fight quite quickly - they are capable, they are very eager to get to the top as soon as they can, desperate to get there, and their light weights help as well.

'But they will use this change in the right way and see that it is part of their development, they won't waste it - they are moving forward nicely.

'I think everybody out there realises how good they are and if you're good enough you're good enough and I can see them moving forward quickly.'

While Ryan (5-0) and Liam (3-0) prepare to add to their CVs, the hard-punching Michael, unbeaten in four, will have to be content with watching from ringside.

'Michael picked up a hand injury in his last fight, when he destroyed Delroy Spencer in two rounds,' said Everett.

'It's is troubling him a little bit so he will come back in March with a six-rounder.

'We're not prepared to take any risks with Michael because I don't think it will be long before he will be knocking on the title doors himself, especially at super-flyweight.'

Tickets are available priced �30 and �50 ringside by calling 07887 844815.

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