Rising MMA star Walsh finally set for cage return in Liverpool

Shay Walsh.
Shay Walsh.

A Lancaster MMA fighter is looking to take out his frustration in Liverpool on Saturday night when he returns to the cage for the first time in more than a year.

Shay Walsh, 26, has been through the real highs and lows of his sport having secured a career-changing scholarship with the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Thailand after suffering a badly broken jaw in defeat to Andrew Fisher in his last fight in June 2013. Now the Lancaster and Morecambe MMA fighter believes he’s better than ever ahead of his featherweight clash with Dewsbury’s James Saville at BAMMA’s Fight Night at the Liverpool Olympia on August 2.

Walsh, whose professional record reads 10-3-0, said: “It’s been a long time out and I’m ready to go.

“Training has been awesome. I’ve been in full training for a while because I was originally going to fight earlier (against Marley Swindells in Swansea on July 5 before the home favourite pulled out due to an ear infection) and I’ve already spent two months in Thailand this year.

“When I got the new date I got back the normal routine I have in England training twice a day, six days a week.

“I’m in fantastic shape and I’m just at the stage where I’m waiting for the fight because all the hard training is done.

“I’ve got a bit of weight to lose but that’s not an issue. I’m ready and raring to go.”

Walsh says the fight with Saville, 12-8, has been on the cards for some time with their careers following similar paths.

The former Lancaster and Morecambe College student said: “We came through as amateurs at the same time so we were always going to cross paths at some point.

“He’s dangerous. He’s got a few losses on his record but he never takes an easy fight, taking them at short notice and at any weight.

“I’ve watched a bit of tape with (brother) Sergio and we’ve got a plan together.”

Victory would see Walsh continue to reignite his career on the back of securing the coveted deal to train in Thailand.

He said: “BAMMA put on some of the biggest shows and run arenas a couple of times a year.

“Guys who do well on their shows get big reputations because it gets good coverage with some shows on Channel 5.

“Winning here would give me a chance of getting on those TV events so it’s a big opportunity.”

Walsh is running a bus to the show in Liverpool on Saturday night for anyone that wants to go along and support him. Call 07548 389706.