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UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK – Liam Richards

UNSUNG HERO OF THE WEEK – Liam Richards

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This week we have a guy who started very well but in his 14th fight, after 13 contests that show only two losses, the pattern of losing began. Liam Richards, 12-64, 1 KO’s has only won one since however the losing streak has at least put food on his table as he practices as a professional sportsman.

Early on he took on Liam Walsh for the English title and despite being cut, managed to last the whole ten rounds. The score was wide and he lost convincingly to Walsh. Walsh has progressed to bigger things including winning the British featherweight title as well as fighting for both Commonwealth and European titles whilst Richards has only managed a British Masters title to hang on his wall.

You have to wonder what would have happened had there been a different result that night in 2011 in the historic York Hall.

By that time Richards had been a professional for over two years having turned pro with a win against Anthony Hanna in 2009 in Merkham. He then went on a decent run with wins against journeymen but decent run outs, nonetheless.

Perhaps though his first loss, against Chris Male in Wolverhampton when he ended up having to take a count in the 4th round against a fighter with a decent unbeaten record was a key to what was coming. It was the first fight against what was quality opposition.

Since then he has found himself since 2015 taking on some quality fighters and aiding their development. That included Johnny Coyle in Grays in March of that year as well as Sean Dodds in Liverpool a week later – a really tough fortnight in anyone’s books! In July he celebrated with a win – his last one – against Pete Leworthy in Bath. September saw him take on Akeem Ennis-Brown in Gloucester and Sam Bowen in Bedworth – another tough month. October it was Walsall and Anthony Upton whilst in 2016 he fought again in Walsall against Martin Gethin. We have seen him in against Scottish opposition and that includes in 2016 against James Thomson in the Radisson Blu in Glasgow and then against Steven Beattie in the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow before in the Manchester Arena in 2017 he took on Scotland’s favourite postie in Charlie Flynn.

Clearly more recent fighters have et to make their mark but it is clear that Richards gives great value for his efforts. Of course, we shall keep an eye on the home fighters as they climb the rankings but it would do you well to keep an eye on Richards as he goes in against those looking to make a mark… they may end up leaving the ring with more than one…

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