Lancaster’s Shay Walsh was one of the stars of Olympian Mixed Martial Arts Championships’ latest show in Liverpool despite tasting defeat.
The brave fighter badly broke his jaw in the opening moments of his clash with Andrew Fisher for the OMMAC British Featherweight title on Saturday night but fought on.
He even won the second round, before the fight was called off at the end of the second round by the ringside doctor.
At the time, Walsh insists he would have fought on having come back into the fight but with hindsight realises it was in his best interests.
He said: “It was a punch in the first couple of minutes.
“I pushed him up against the cage and saw what I thought was a tooth hanging out.
“In between rounds I asked Sergio (brother and trainer) to have a look at it and he wanted to call it off.
“I said, ‘don’t you dare’ and in the second I found my rhythm and took the round but the doctor had to call it off.
“I still think I could have won but I dread to think what could have happened if he’d caught me again.”
Walsh was taken straight to hospital on Merseyside before having surgery on Sunday morning.
The fight will be broadcast on Loaded TV, Sky Channel 200 this Friday at 9pm.