Liam Walsh is Commonwealth champion after perfect night for Cromer brothers
PUBLISHED: 02:33 24 October 2010 | UPDATED: 11:31 25 October 2010
Liam Walsh capped another perfect night for Cromer’s Walsh brothers by becoming the new Commonwealth super featherweight champion.
The 24-year-old was taken the distance by Ghanaian Maxwell Awuku, who proved exactly why the fight was a risk for Liam with some tight defence and plenty of power from some big punches at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Staurday night.
But Liam got a unanimous decision as the three judges scored it 119-111, 117-112 and 117-113 to give the Walsh trio their first – but would expect, not last – title.
His win was the icing on the cake, after eldest brother Michael opened the Walshes’ account with a first round stoppage of Ian Bailey.
And Liam’s twin, Ryan, deservedly won an eight-round war of attrition with Scottish champion, James Ancliff on points.
With the word ‘destiny’ written on the back of his shorts, Liam was in early command but took a tough hook from the Ghanaian in the second that brought on a bleeding nose.
Liam’s smooth style was giving Awuku plenty to be wary of, but the African’s counters meant the 24-year-old was having it far from all his own way.
Awuku landed a right hook early in the sixth as he got into the contest proper, and although Liam still owned the round with some of his own that landed on the money the bell to end round seven could not come quick enough as Awuku stepped up a gear to leave the Cromer fighter reeling.
Liam recouped in the eighth and ninth; Awuku looking to land one big punch to finish it with Liam up on points.
But the 24-year-old saw it out to go the distance for the first time, driven on by the deafening Farmy Army and a bucketload of heart, to earn win number 10 of his two and a half year professional career and a first title.
Ryan started off like an express train against Scottish champion James Ancliff, who had lost just once in 21 fights before Saturday.
The Aberdonian looked like he was hanging on for dear life more often than not, but bought himself back into it with some rough stuff and plenty of fight.
Fierce combinations in rounds six and the last, eighth, saw Ryan come close to nailing his man – but there was nothing to be sniffed at from his convincing 80-73 points decision against a bloodied and battered Ancliff, Ryan’s 10th win from 10.
Oldest brother Michael had been the first brother up, and took just two minutes 14 seconds to end his bantamweight bout with Ian Bailey.
A fierce uppercut stuck the Slough orthodox – who lost on points to Ryan in February – on the floor and he found the canvas another three times before the referee brought an end to matters within the opening round.
It was the 26-year-old’s first fight since February and maintained his 100pc knockout record from eight professional bouts.
Earlier on the York Hall card, Dulwich’s Ahmet ‘Pattycake’ Patterson started his professional career with a lively four-round welterweight points decision over Birmingham fighter Jason Nesbitt.
A big and vocal following saw Penge welterweight Bradley Skeete open his pro account with a smooth points win over the same distance – with Billy Smith picking up a bottle of champagne from Warren on his 100th bout.
Home boxer Billy Morgan, from West Ham, made it three wins from three debuts for promoter Frank Warren’s stable as he took his four-round lightweight bout by decision against Trowbridge’s plucky Dan Carr.
Former Sheffield United and Birmingham City footballer Curtis Woodhouse suffered a blow, losing by a point after an eight-round light welterweight cracker with Bermondsey’s Pete McDonagh.
Light middleweight Steve O’Meara rounded things off with a points win over six rounds from Terry Carruthers.