Liam Walsh dragged himself off the canvas to retain his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title against Scotland’s Paul Appleby at York Hall in London on Friday night.
The Norfolk based boxer was floored in the seventh round but eventually forced Appleby’s corner to throw in the towel at the end of the 10th round after he was decked with a crushing left hook.
The referee had been happy to allow Appleby to continue even though he staggered back to his corner on shaky legs but Appleby’s trainer and uncle decided to pull his nephew out of the fight.
Appleby made a fine start to the fight and after decking Walsh with a left hook in the seventh, looked well on his way to victory but Walsh fought back bravely to eventually force the retirement. Walsh was cut in the second round.
"Richard brought the best out of me, I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a true warrior," Walsh told BoxNation after the fight.
Appleby was equally respectful for Walsh, saying: "I thought that was it (in round seven), but he’s a warrior and he came back at me and got me."
September 30, 2011