Walsh keen to make up for lost time

Shay Walsh has his hand raised after victory over James Saville in Liverpool. Picture: Mark Blundell
Shay Walsh has his hand raised after victory over James Saville in Liverpool. Picture: Mark Blundell

Lancaster’s rising mixed martial arts star hopes to continue to make up for lost time when he returns to the cage on Saturday night.

Shay Walsh’s fight against the experienced Bristol-based Scot Paul Reed on BAMMA 16 in Manchester comes just six weeks after his return win over James Saville after more than a year out.

But the 26-year-old featherweight is confident of securing a second big win in a short space of time at the Victoria Warehouse on September 13.

Walsh, (11-3 as a pro) and now backed by the prestigious Tiger Muay Thai gym in Thailand, said: “It’s good to have a quick turnaround.

“It was good to get three rounds under my belt in my last fight and come out injury free apart from a few bumps and bruises.

“I only had a couple of days off because I knew the fight was coming so I’ve not been out of the gym and mentally and physically I’m feeling good.”

And having returned in style with BAMMA on August 2, Walsh moves onto one of the bigger events put on by the major British mixed martial arts promotion.

The former Lancaster and Morecambe College student said: “The last one was a BAMMA fight night which is a bit of a smaller show.

“But this one is a proper BAMMA show with some really big names on. And from what I’ve heard it’s going to be a full house.”

As ever, Walsh will be backed by vocal a Lancaster following as part of that bumper crowd.

He said: “It’s going to be a good night again.

“I’ve got around 80 coming so there should be plenty of noise again.”

Walsh however is well aware of the threat posed by Reed (20-11-1).

He said: “He’s really experienced and has been around for ages.

“He’s had more than double the fights I’ve had.

“He’s fought some of the top guys in Europe too and four who’ve signed for UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

“He might be coming towards the end of his career but can’t be underestimated.”

Reed’s experience spans 20 wins over 32 professional fights since 2006 with more than half of his victories by submission.