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Liam Walsh retains title despite Paul Appleby knockdown

Liam Walsh takes on Paul Appleby in London
Liam Walsh (right) goes on the offensive in the face of a strong challenge from Paul Appleby

Liam Walsh retained his Commonwealth super-featherweight title with a 10th-round stoppage of Paul Appleby.

A thrilling fight at Bethnal Green's York Hall saw Cromer's Walsh cut in the second round, and then knocked down by Scotsman Appleby in the seventh.

Walsh though rallied with an intense comeback that saw his opponent's corner throw in the towel in round 10.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "I was rocked in every other round, definitely the hardest fight I've been in."

He added: "He's very strong and durable so he could take my punches, then he was letting his own go, credit to Paul, he done brilliant."

The 25-year-old champion, whose record now reads 12 wins from as many fights, has credited his travelling army of supporters for a big part in his recovery.

"The 250-300 fans who travelled to York Hall roared me off the canvas," he said. "It was the only way I could get off it.

"Watching it on TV you see me jump up, and the next round I'm steaming into the guy, I think maybe that was stupid tactics.

"But the fans roared me off the floor and on to victory, I can only give all my thanks to them really."



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