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Jon Thaxton backs Ryan and Liam Walsh for titles

Ryan (l) and Liam Walsh
Ryan and Liam Walsh have never lost a fight in their careers

Norfolk's former champion Jon Thaxton has said Cromer's Walsh twins should compete for British titles this year.

Featherweight Ryan and lightweight Liam Walsh, 24, fought on the Kevin Mitchell and Michael Katsidis undercard at West Ham's Upton Park at the weekend.

The brothers knocked out their opponents in less than two minutes.

"They are such massive talents. The world is their oyster. By the end of the year they'll be knocking on the British title door," said Thaxton.

He added: "Their next step at the very minimum should be an area title."

Ryan finished off Eugene Heagney in just 49 seconds, while Liam took one minute and 59 seconds to see off the challenge of Ibrar Riyaz.

On Saturday night I went down to West Ham football ground and they were in utter control throughout, they're just getting better and better with each fight

Jon Thaxton

Thaxton thinks both brothers have a big future ahead of them.

He said: "I used to train with Prince Naseem Hamed when he was up and coming and I rank them where I ranked Prince Naseem at the time."

Thaxton thinks it is the brothers' shared love for the sport that is making themselves push each other further.

He said: "They stick together like glue. On Saturday night I went down to West Ham football ground and they were in utter control throughout, they're just getting better and better with each fight.

"I watch them in the gym and they do things in the gym and they go out and do exactly the same in the ring. They're that good."

Both fighters have a 100% winning record with 10 wins for Ryan and eight straight victories for Liam.



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