Walsh aiming for Burns night showdown

Cromer boxing ace Liam Walsh says he is set for a big year that could lead to a world title showdown with Ricky Burns.

The exciting youngster won the Commonwealth super-featherweight title in October with a thrilling win over Maxwell Awuku at York Hall.

And now he has set his sights on WBO World champion Burns–- who himself won the title in a thriller against Roman Martinez.

'It felt magic to win my first title,' said Walsh, whose brothers Ryan and Michael are also unbeaten professional fighters.

'It really made 2010 a special year, especially as Frank Warren picked me as one of his potential fighters of the decade back in January.

'I'm glad I could repay some of his faith – but my Commonwealth title is just the start.

'The fight that I really want is against Ricky Burns.

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'I'm probably a few fights away from that, but if I keep winning in 2011, then why shouldn't it happen?

'I've watched Burns' last couple of fights very closely, and he's done so well to win that world title and hold onto it.

'But what's the point in being in boxing if you don't want to test yourself against the best?

'It would be England against Scotland – I'm sure there would be fireworks.'

Walsh, still only 24, has now won all 10 of his pro fights, seven of them by stoppage.

Promoter Warren is keen to get him action again soon, and there are also plans for him – and his brothers - to fight in East Anglia for the first time.

AIMING HIGH: Boxer Liam Walsh.

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