Walsh fight called off due to Tosta injury

Shay Walsh's return to action has been scrapped just two days before his fight in Dublin.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Thursday, 15th December 2016, 10:22 am
Shay Walsh in action during his last fight against Tom Duquesnoy. Picture: BAMMA 2016/Marc Moggridge

Lancaster’s mixed martial arts star was due to face Luiz Tosta on the BAMMA and Bellator co-promotion at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on December 16.

But the Brazilian has been forced to pull out through injury with promoters unable to find a late replacement.

Walsh had been hoping to end 2016 on a high after losing his BAMMA Bantamweight title when he was knocked out by French rising star Tom Duquesnoy in Birmingham in May, ending a four-fight winning streak.

Now he will have to wait until the new year.

In a statement on Facebook he said: “I am devastated.

“Not only did I train very hard and put everything into this fight I also left my family again to travel to Thailand for it.

“I was very eager to fight and have a good performance after losing my belt earlier this year.

“A good win here right before the new year would have been perfect but it’s not going to happen.

“I know a lot of people have booked flights and hotels and I am forever grateful for the support. All I can do is apologise.

“I am still travelling over to Dublin to speak to the promoters about future fights.”