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Dee Walsh sure win will open door to Irish title

By Steve Wellings

Unbeaten Belfast boxer Dee Walsh is hoping that a victory on Saturday night will land him an Irish title shot.

Walsh boxes Jozsef Kormany for the International Masters Bronze belt in Belfast's Holiday Inn and believes that the bout could push him into a match-up with the likes of Peter McDonagh or Willie Thompson.

"This fight is for an International Masters belt but more importantly an eight-rounder qualifies me for an Irish title shot," said light-middleweight Walsh.

"I want that chance straight after my next fight.

"I know Willie Thompson fought for it in 2012 at the Ulster Hall against Lee Murtagh. I've sparred Willie before and he's a good, strong fighter."

Walsh recently switched training camps and has been busy shaping up under the watchful eyes of Paul and Sean McCullagh alongside Gerard McCafferty in the St John Bosco gym.

Sparring sessions with the likes of Joe Hillerby and former opponent Gerard Healy have been useful, with the latter able to turn southpaw to simulate Kormany.

"There's footage of Kormany losing a fight in Germany but I haven't really watched it," he said.

"I'll leave that to Gerard and Paul. I just wait and see what the opponent brings and adapt to his style. This guy likes to come forward so that will suit me.

"I'm well prepared for an eight-rounder. I've sparred eight rounds a couple of times to get mentally ready and sparring with no breaks between rounds so fitness won't be a problem."

The 24-year-old returned with a first round knockout win over Krisztian Duka in the Devenish last month and is clearly enthused by the fight game once more following a 20-month break.

"I've had a great build-up and I'm nearly on the weight. I'll have a good number of fans to help me over the line," said Walsh.

Alfredo Meli takes on Omagh's Dee Taggart while Mark Morris, Casey Blair, Anthony Fitzgerald, Sean Turner and Declan Geraghty also feature on the card.

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