Lancaster’s rising MMA star returns in style

Shay Walsh on the offensive against James Saville in Liverpool. Picture: Mark Blundell
Shay Walsh on the offensive against James Saville in Liverpool. Picture: Mark Blundell

Lancaster’s rising MMA star is hoping to keep busy after winning on his return to the cage after more than a year out.

Featherweight Shay Walsh won a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) over James Saville on BAMMA’s Fight Night card at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night, August 2, having not fought since June 2013 due to injury.

The 26-year-old, whose record moved to 11-3-0, said: “It was a long time out so it’s good to get back in there and be on the right side of the winning column.

“I’m waiting on confirmation but I want to fight again pretty soon after being out for 14 months.

“That’s four or five potential fights I missed out on after breaking my jaw (against Andrew Fisher).

“But I’m injury free and want to get back in there.

“BAMMA seem keen to have me back and they’re one of the biggest companies in the country and are putting on good shows.”

As for the fight itself, Walsh felt he grew into the contest with Dewsbury’s Saville.

He said: “I started a little bit flat.

“Maybe it was a bit of ring rust or a bit of extra nerves having been out for so long. I came back to the corner at the end of the first round and knew he’d won it.

“I came out stronger in the second and just really dominated for the next two rounds and thought it might have even been stopped at one point but he did well to hang in there.”

Walsh is currently planning his next training trip to Thailand having secured a scholarship with major gym Tiger Muay Thai earlier in the year.

The former Lancaster and Morecambe College student is hoping to fight within the next three months.