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Walsh and Hughes clash at the crossroads in Bethnal Green

Lightweights Liam Walsh and Maxi Hughes put their careers on the line in a good-looking 10-rounder at York Hall, Bethnal Green, writes Matt Bozeat
Liam Walsh
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LIAM WALSH and Maxi Hughes put their careers on the line in a good-looking 10-round lightweight clash on MTK’s show at York Hall in Bethnal Green this Saturday (November 9). Broadcast duties are shared by iFL TV (UK) and ESPN+ (US).

From the old pit village of Rossington in Yorkshire, southpaw Hughes is domestic boxing’s nearly man, twice beaten for the British super-featherweight title, while Walsh has shown moments of genuine world class during his 22-1 (15) career. Walsh was out for two years following his sole loss, to Gervonta Davis in a challenge for the IBF 130lb belt in May 2017. That fight was over before it even really began.

After two quiet rounds spent trying to draw mistakes from each other, Walsh was buzzed. He tried to bluff his way through and ended up getting dropped and stopped, possibly prematurely. The manner of that loss must have been so hard to take. Ever since he was a small boy, Liam’s late father had given him the belief that one day he would be a world champion. “I lost around 25 of my first 30 amateur bouts and dad still said it,” he remembered. When his chance finally came, he left the ring knowing he could have given more of himself.


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