Cromer’s Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) will fight for the IBF Super featherweight world title after out-pointing Russia’s Andrey Klimov (now 19-3, 9 KOs) over 12 rounds in Harrow tonight in a final eliminator for the organisation’s belt.
“I wanted it to be a bit more entertaining; on that note I apologise that there wasn’t fireworks, but I was sticking to a strict game plan,” he said when summarising the fight for Steve Bunce of BoxNation. “This was a semi-final for a world title fight, but I want to entertain—I want people to go home and say: ‘When can I see Liam fight again?'”
Mexico’s Jose Pedroza holds the IBF World title; he is undefeated (22-0, 12 KOs) and decisioned Britain’s Stephen Smith last time out. Francis Warren, however, believes that they can secure home advantage for Walsh.
“That was a punch perfect performance, Liam should be over the moon for himself,” he enthused. “He has a great corner behind him and boxed to instructions. Klimov is no mug, and Liam boxed his ears off. The IBF has ordered this as a final eliminator, so we want Pedroza and next and will try to bring it over here.
More to follow.