Thursday, February 22, 2018  |


Liam Walsh outclasses Klimov, targets Pedraza

Walsh (left) was a step ahead of Andrey Klimov (right). Photo: Queensberry Promotions

British technician Liam Walsh moved a step closer to facing IBF junior lightweight titleholder Jose Pedraza after outpointing Andrey Klimov over 12 rounds at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London, England, on Saturday.

Walsh produced a dominant display to claim a unanimous decision with scores of 119-108 and 120-107 twice.

After a cagey opening round, Walsh began to take control of the fight, doubling up on his jab and landing some well-timed shots. It was more of the same in the third as Walsh looked the quicker and more agile of the two.

Walsh dropped the Russian with a straight right at the end of the fifth and Klimov was given a mandatory eight-count. A raucous home support roared Walsh on as he dominated the latter rounds of the fight.

“Everyone has told me it was brilliant but I need to watch it back because I feel like I could have done better,” said Walsh when interviewed by BBC Radio Norfolk. “I always want to win at all costs but a very close second is to keep fans entertained.”

The unbeaten Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) now finds himself in line to face Puerto Rican titleholder Jose Pedraza and he is more than willing to travel for his first world title bout.

“I don’t know anything about the Pedraza fight yet,” he said.

“If I had my way it would 100 percent be in Norwich. If not, then we’ll travel. Let’s travel to America. Let’s get booed out of the arena with all of the odds against me. Let’s be the underdog. I’ll perform under that pressure I’m sure. I’ll go anywhere to fight Pedraza. A ring is a ring to me.”

Information courtesy of a press release issued by Queensberry Promotions


Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing


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  • ozzy

    I know Liam was desperate to be let off the leash to really make a fight of it, but it was wise of his brothers, and trainer Graham Everett, in the corner to force him to stick to the gameplan. He consequently won virtually every round, against a quality opponent, and ended the fight without a mark on his face.

    It’s not a good time to learn the ins and outs of fighting 6000 miles away from home when your fighting for the world title, as Stephen Smith tried against Pedrazza, and so I hope they can get the fight in England, failing that a New York fight, a Frampton tactic, would be the next best thing.