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Ryan Walsh relishes victory over Gavin Reid

Ryan Walsh (right) lands a punch on Gavin Reid at London's York Hall
Ryan Walsh (right) lands a punch on Gavin Reid at London's York Hall

Ryan Walsh labelled Gavin Reid his toughest opponent yet after launching over 100 punches in opening round.

The 24-year-old featherweight from Cromer told BBC Radio Norfolk his 12th career win was his biggest test yet.

"I've been told I threw over 120 punches in the first round, against the toughest man of my career.

"He was so tough, I hit him with a few body shots and he laughed and said: 'Good shot,' it was brilliant, a really good experience," he said.

That's my dream now, I want to be part of the first set of twins to hold Commonwealth titles

Ryan Walsh

"I was pretty sure I could hold the pace, the reason I threw so many is that I think I did hurt him a few times.

"When you hurt a fighter your best bet is to get him out of there and I tried everything I could to put him over," he added.

Walsh eventually stopped Reid in the seventh round.

He is now targeting a shot at the Commonwealth title, hoping that promoter Frank Warren can make him and twin brother Liam a unique pair.

"Frank's the best at getting these types of things moving, he did a fantastic job with Liam getting him the Commonwealth [super-featherweight] title.

"That's my dream now, I want to be part of the first set of twins to hold Commonwealth titles, I've never heard of anything like that before," he said.

Walsh had another big following in London, not just from Norfolk but also from Rochdale, where Ryan, Liam and older brother Michael were born.

Ryan admits that getting the three fighting closer to home is his biggest motivation.

"I could sacrifice a title just to fight in Norfolk, we owe our fans from Norfolk and Rochdale.

"If any fans deserve a homecoming, more than any other fans, it must be them.

"I've fought in London 12 times and they've been there every time," he added.



see also
Warren hints at Walsh homecoming
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