Liam Walsh outclasses Klimov, targets Pedraza
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 RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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