Liam Walsh v Gervonta Davis: Walsh is ready to shock the world of boxing, says Frank Warren
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
Promoter Frank Warren says Norfolk’s Liam Walsh can shock the boxing world and bring a world title home this weekend.
The Cromer fighter is the mandatory challenger for Gervonta Davis’ IBF super-featherweight title on Saturday – and Warren believes a life-changing victory is on the cards.
The bookies have the American – mentored by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jnr – odds on to retain his crown, but Warren says they have got their sums wrong.
“Floyd Mayweather’s record speaks for itself,” said Warren. “Gervonta is a good fighter, no doubt about that.
“But when that bell goes, he is outside of that ring, like I am.
“I tell you, Gervonta is going to be saying to them afterwards, ‘you didn’t tell me it was going to be like this, you didn’t tell me what was going to happen’.
“This is going to be a shock to everybody. It isn’t going to be a shock to me – but it is going to be a shock to everybody else. It is a big fight and a massive opportunity for Liam Walsh.
“He is fighting in his home country and he has a great opportunity to establish himself in the States if he can beat Gervonta, who had a tremendous performance in winning the title last time out.
“He is a young fighter and obviously he is the darling of Showtime (television).
“Liam is the guy who I hope can put the spanner in the works, win the title and establish himself in the States and obviously it will lead to bigger things for him. I think Liam has the experience and I hope they don’t under-estimate him and we come away with the prize on May 20.”
Warren, with more than three decades as a promoter under his belt, believes Walsh – who will be backed by hundreds of fans who make up the famed Farmy Army – has gone under the radar to some extent.
“He is under-rated, I know it,” said Warren of a fighter who saw a world title opportunity disappear in December, 2012 when a car crash forced him to withdraw from a clash with then WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns.
“He is a quality fighter who has had bad luck on the way, but you know what, the 20th is going to be good luck. He is going to do the business.”
The fight will be screened on BoxNation and BT Sport.