Ryan looking to push at Warrington’s door
RYAN Walsh is hoping a victory this weekend can land him a big summer showdown against domestic rival Josh Warrington.
Rochdale-born Walsh is back in action on Saturday when he defends his British featherweight title against Belfast’s Marco McCullough at the Copper Box Arena in London. His fight is on the undercard of his twin brother Liam’s world title shot against IBF superfeatherweight champion Gervonta Davis.
Ryan will be able to win the Lonsdale belt outright with a victory over McCullough, and he then wants a fight against Warrington later this year.
“A fight against Josh fills me with excitement because all I want is big fights,” he said.
“I do hate talking about other fights. The only thing I can think about is defending my title against Marco.
“It would be unprofessional to think about other fights, but I am excited about the doors this will open.
“Beating Marco will put a stamp on the British title and I will be able to move forward, look to bigger titles and fulfilling my dreams.”
Warrington was in action on Saturday when he defeated Kiko Martinez by majority decision in his hometown of Leeds.
A big crowd was in attendance for the fight, and Walsh knows he would have to go to enemy territory if the two men did ever meet.
“If I fight Josh he isn’t going to come to me.
“The fight will be in Leeds where there will 10,000 nutters wanting to kill me,” he said.
“It is those type of occasions that I want. I have been in the wilderness, been away from the big nights and I enjoy being part of those shows where I can really express myself.”
Ryan’s fight against McCullough and Liam’s fight against Davis will be shown live this Saturday on BT Sport.