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Fans lift boxing brothers

PUBLISHED: 12:10 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 13 July 2010

The triumphant Walsh brothers.

The triumphant Walsh brothers.

North Norfolk's boxing Walsh brothers returned to the ring with a crash, bang, wallop to record three more excellent victories in their fledgling professional careers on Saturday.

North Norfolk's boxing Walsh brothers returned to the ring with a crash, bang, wallop to record three more excellent victories in their fledgling professional careers on Saturday.

York Hall became a part of Norfolk for the night as hundreds of the trio's noisy fans saw Cromer's Liam and Michael record knockouts, while Ryan rounded off the evening with an excellent points victory.

It was the 22-year-old's third win in three pro fights, a record matched by Michael, 23, while his twin Liam now has two knockouts in two bouts.

Ryan led the trio's delight with the 250 plus fans who had travelled down from Norfolk.

They almost lifted the roof off the famous Bethnal Green venue as chants of “Norfolk is in London” and “Walshy, Walshy” echoed around the building for the majority of the evening.

“They're the best fans,” he said. “Ricky Hatton's fans are the standard but I'm very, very happy with our fans. It can only get bigger and snowball from the 250 we had here.

“They're brilliant at each fight. They're so loud and I think they must be the loudest. They drove me on a few times in that fight when it got a little bit stale. They start to shout and up it again - just brilliant.”

After missing out on a fight because of scheduling difficulties the last time, all three were on the same bill. Featherweight Liam was the first in action against London's Johnny Greaves.

And he wasted little time with a demonstration of aggressive, attacking boxing, which gave his opponent little chance. Greaves was stopped a minute into the fourth round under a ferocious barrage.

After watching from ringside, Michael was next up against super flyweight Fouad El Bahli from France. Walsh soon focused and finished off his opponent in blistering style as his huge punches left El Bahli with a suspected broken jaw for a third round stoppage.

The Frenchman was later taken to hospital by ambulance.

Ryan was forced to wait until the last fight of the evening, but did his best to match his siblings' efforts against tough Romanian featherweight Gheorghe Ghiompirica.

Ryan found it difficult to break down his man, but his class told with a fine display of boxing to take a 40-36 points victory.

Afterwards, Ryan said he was pleased with his victory and the wins for his brothers.

“At the moment I can't hear the end of it from Michael whose three knockouts in three fights and Liam who is two in two. I'm one in three and I started off the fastest, with a win in 21 seconds but I've taken a back seat.

“I thought the other two were brilliant. Michael in his own awkward way. His biggest plus and biggest attribute is he's so awkward and the other guys won't have seen anything like him. He's a showman. Liam technically was 100 per cent. To beat a natural light welterweight, a guy who is a lot heavier than him,, was brilliant.”


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