Ryan Walsh says the load of expectation is on Maxi Hughes, forward of their showdown in Leeds tonight.
Walsh challenges Hughes for the IBO light-weight championship on the First Direct Enviornment, on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s rematch with IBF featherweight champion, Kiko Martinez, stay on DAZN.
Hughes is on a run of 5 straight victories since defeat to his opponent’s brother, Liam Walsh in 2019, a defeat the challenger anticipated him to retire from.
“By no means in one million years [did I think we’d fight],” Walsh told proboxing-fans.com at Thursday’s press convention.
“Particularly after I’d seen Maxi within the automotive park [after the fight with Liam], I although that was the top of Maxi.
“Like I say I can solely give him props for this run he’s been on, for the performances he’s put in.
“However this can be a completely different feeling for Maxi now, as a result of he’s now the champion, all of the burden, all of the stress, every part’s on him.
“There’s no stress on me solely the stress I placed on myself and the one stress I placed on myself is my efficiency.
“So long as I carry out to my finest, I’m completely happy.”
Former British featherweight champion, Walsh has moved up two weight lessons and bounced again from defeat to Jazza Dickens with victory over Ronnie Clark in December.
Hughes claimed the IBO title with a formidable factors win over Jovanni Straffon in September and Walsh has urged his rival to commerce with him.
“I don’t see Maxi popping out to combat me and if he does the group will probably be very entertained.
“I’m but to have somebody actually stand with me for 12 rounds and combat me and I beckon that to him and to his followers to implore that.
“If he desires to come back out and be tactical, hit, transfer, run and try to steal the combat, that’s what I count on.”
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