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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
A boxing promoter who plans to reintroduce the sport to Norwich says he was knocked sideways by the enthusiasm of local fighters.
Cromer brothers Michael and Ryan Walsh, Norwich’s Nathan Dale and Scott Moises and Paul Davis, from Lowestoft, are the major attractions for the fight night at the Norfolk Showground on July 7.
The event is being put on by Shamrock Boxing, in association with high-profile promoter Dennis Hobson and sees the sport return to the city for the first time since Jon Thaxton fought at the same venue in February, 2009.
Next month’s event will be the first time any of the local boxers, part of trainer Graham Everett’s stable, have appeared on a fight night bill in the city – proving how starved Norwich has been of local action on its doorstep.
Promoter Mervyn Turner said the enthusiasm of the Walsh brothers had played a big part in getting the show on the road.
“They are very enthusiastic, absolutely marvellous of lads,” he said. “I was blown away by them – they sold Norwich to me basically.
“But Norwich needs boxing shows. It must be the only county in the country without regular shows.
“It is difficult to find suitable venues, and that’s been the problem, but we intend to make the July show the first in a series. We don’t want just one visit we want to keep coming back. I have a great relationship with Graham Everett and I admire him for what he does so it was an obvious place to come. I do have a business in Norfolk so it means something to me as well.
“It is important for the fighters and for the fans. The boxing fans from Norfolk have to travel miles and for long hours to see their heroes, so a lot of this is for them. And for the boxers it gives them that vital opportunity to appear in front of their home fans.
“All in all, it is great that boxing will return to Norwich.”
Michael Walsh will be fighting for a British Masters title in his first outing since October, 2010 alongside brother Ryan, the unbeaten English super bantamweight champion who is champing at the bit.
As well as the locals fighters, the show will feature Bobby George, a Bulgarian light-welterweight who won a bronze medal at the Olympic Game in 2004; WBC youth world welterweight champion George Michael Carman and super-middleweight Caine Brodie, from Peterborough. Tickets are priced at £35, £50 and £65 and available on 07938 699457 or going to www.shamrockboxingpromotions.co.uk.