Lancaster fighter made to wait for return to the cage

Shay Walsh.

Shay Walsh.

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A Lancaster mixed martial arts fighter will have to wait for his return to the cage.

Shay Walsh’s first bout in 12 months was set to be for the ISCF British pro featherweight title against Marley Swindells in Swansea on July 5 but the home favourite has been forced to pull out due to an ear infection.

Walsh, whose professional record reads 10-3-0, suffered a badly broken jaw against Andrew Fisher in Liverpool in June last year but has since secured a career-changing scholarship on the fight team of prestigious Thai gym Tiger Muay Thai.

The 26-year-old is currently out in Thailand and was set to return to the UK on Sunday ahead of the fight but will now have to reassess his plans.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Walsh said: “It’s been a long break since my last fight and it looks like it’s going to be even longer before I get to compete again.

“I am currently looking for somewhere else to fight...hopefully I can get another opponent and date confirmed.

“As always I will stay positive, I’ve had some excellent training in Thailand and enjoyed every minute of it.

“Even without a fight I will not regret dedicating myself, training hard and pushing my mind and body while here.

“Let’s hope something else gets confirmed because I feel like a coiled spring waiting to be released.”