Shay Walsh: I’ll win BAMMA title and show I’m ready for best in the world

Shay Walsh on his way to victory over Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge
Shay Walsh on his way to victory over Gaz Pilot. Picture: BAMMA/Marc Moggridge

Lancaster’s rising mixed martial arts star has vowed to grab a major title and prove he’s ready to take on the best in the world on Saturday night.

Shay Walsh challenges Ed Arthur for the BAMMA Bantamweight title on the company’s Night of Champions show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and wants to make a statement.

The former Lancaster and Morecambe College student, 13-3 as a pro, said: “Training has been fantastic.

“I feel fitter than ever and ready to put on a show.

“This could open doors for me, it’s the biggest fight of my career.

“BAMMA are doing big things and putting on the best shows in Europe.

“I’m going to prove I’m the best they’ve got at bantamweight and that I’m ready for anyone in the world.”

There has been plenty of back and forth verbals between the fighters ahead of their crunch clash but Walsh insists he is ignoring it and is ready to prove he is too good for the 6-0 champion.

The Lancaster man said: “I’ve just laughed most of it off to be honest.

“It’s his style. He likes to talk and is confident but it doesn’t matter.

“Everyone is confident going into a fight and he’s going to realise that with the stage of my career I’m at I’m on a different level.

“He’s never fought anyone like me, I think it’s too much, too soon for him.

“He’s had six fights and beaten a couple of decent kids but he’s going to get a rude awakening.”

Walsh, who put on a dominant display at BAMMA 21 in beating the previously undefeated Gaz ‘Spitfire’ Pilot on his bantamweight debut to secure the first shot at Arthur’s title, has spent four weeks ahead of the fight training out in Phuket, Thailand, at the Tiger Muay Thai gym.

It offers him some of the best training in the world under Roger ‘El Matador’ Huerta but has been a real sacrifice this time around with new son Vinnie just 12 days old when he flew out to the Far East.

Walsh, who was back home on Saturday, said: “He was only 12 days old when I went out there.

“It obviously wasn’t ideal but we’d known it was coming for a few months.

“It’s great to be back now and see how much he’s changed.

“Now it’s all about winning this title and then celebrating his first Christmas.”

The show, including Walsh’s title tilt at Arthur, will be broadcast on Spike TV on November 21 from 9pm.