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Warren praises Walsh's battling win over Appleby

Paul Appleby goes up against Liam Walsh at London's York Hall
Paul Appleby (left) caused Norfolk's Liam Walsh problems at Bethnal Green's York Hall, opening up a cut in round two which needed lots of work.

Frank Warren has earmarked Liam Walsh's Commonwealth super-featherweight title defence against Paul Appleby on Friday as a contender for fight of the year.

The 25-year-old Norfolk man came back from a knockdown to force the Scot's retirement in the 10th at York Hall.

"Definitely the domestic fight of the year bar none," promoter Warren told BBC Radio Norfolk. "They were two true gladiators. It was phenomenal.

"It was an unbelievable fight. You couldn't have got better," he added.

"I thought Liam was winning the fight. He was boxing well within himself but, when he got clipped in the seventh, I thought it would be very difficult to come back.

"But he did and won the round. That shows a lot about his character, as much as the skill he's got he's certainly not lacking in heart."

Warren believes that, after the narrowness of Friday night's fight in East London, it would be harsh if Appleby was not awarded a rematch in the future.

"That's definitely one down the line," he said. "At the moment though, Liam needs a rest, then he'll go out and defend his title, probably in about three or four months time.

"But he needs rest now. That was a gruelling fight, especially in the unseasonal weather at the moment.

"Inside the York Hall was almost like a sauna."



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