Title double for family is Ryan’s aim

Unbeaten north Norfolk boxer Ryan Walsh is ready to join his twin brother as a champion after making it a dozen professional wins on Saturday night, according to trainer Graham Everett.

The 24-year-old brother of Commonwealth champion Liam and fellow unbeaten Cromer boxer Michael was too much for tough Redcar cookie Gavin Reid, finishing the fight late in the seventh on the undercard of John Murray's successful EBU lightweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

And after impressing again in front of the television cameras and his watching promoter Frank Warren, Everett believes Ryan deserves the chance for a belt of his own.

'It was an absolutely perfect fight – everything we hoped for came out of it, everything he had been working on in the gym, it all went to plan,' said Everett, based at Norwich Kickstop gym.

'So that is a fantastic learning experience for Ryan and it really does set him up for title fights.'

Walsh almost had Reid down in the first, but the 32-year-old repeatedly battled back until the penultimate round proved a bridge too far. 'Ryan's fitness levels were brilliant, his punching power looked very good and everything about him was superb.

'So you get these kids busy and you really have got another champion on the way to Norfolk. An area or British title, Commonwealth, anything along those lines.

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'He is ready for these fights. That was the first time Ryan has had a genuine super bantamweight in front of him and he couldn't have picked a harder one.'

The wait to get back in the ring for older brother Michael may be a bit longer. The 26-year-old's shoulder injury needs sorting.