Walsh-Kays on March 19th

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Hot-shot Liam Walsh will defend his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title on Saturday 19th March against John Kays.

The Norfolk star will travel into Kays’ backyard for the fight at the Robin Park Arena, Wigan.

And the 24-year-old aims to put on an impressive display that could put him in line for a shot at WBO World Super-Featherweight champion Ricky Burns.

Promoter Frank Warren will stage the show in association with Steve Wood at VIP Promotions, the north west’s number one boxing outfit, live on Sky Sports 1HD.

Walsh won his title against in a thriller against tough Ghanaian Maxwell Awuku at York Hall, his first 12 round fight.

It stretched the slick southpaw’s unbeaten record to 10 fights, and he is now aiming to make it 11 from 11.

“I learnt more in that title fight than I had done in my nine previous ones,” said Walsh.

“It’s definitely made me into a much better fight, and my confidence is really buzzing now.

“I can’t wait for this fight against Kays. I’ll silence the crowd pretty quickly because I really can’t see how he can beat me.

“At the moment it’s all about sending out statements because the super-featherweight division in the UK is a hot one.

“Obviously the man I want is WBO champion Ricky Burns. But if my promoter Frank Warren gets me the likes of Stephen Ormond or Paul Appleby, I’ll be more than happy.”

Kays, 27, has a 13-1 record and comes into the fight off the back of a stoppage victory over Dai Davies.

The show has an action paced undercard featuring top prospects Kevin Satchell, Rick Godding, Stephen Jennings, Ryan Farrag, Stephen Harkin, Rob Beech, Mark Evans, James Burke, David Pryce and Chris Johnson.

Tickets are priced at £30 and £50 and are available online from www.vipbe.co.uk

Doors will open at 5.30pm and boxing will commence at 6pm.