Ryan look­ing to push at War­ring­ton’s door

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

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.

Alex Morton

Ryan Walsh

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