LIAM Walsh will have a different opponent when he tops the bill at the professional boxing show at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax on Saturday, March 10.
The local fighter, unbeaten in nine fights in the paid ranks, was set to fight George Watson from South Shields in his first fight as a lightweight.
However, the match has fallen through with local fight boss Chris Aston frustrated at being unable to finalise the fight details so Stuart Green has been drafted in.
The Glenrothes man took his record to 16 wins from 28 fights with victory over Gary McArthur in a 10-rounder at Glasgow in January 23 and Aston believes he will be a tough foe.
“He has mixed it in good competition all the time,” said Aston. “Scottish boxers are usually tall and move a lot but he is more of a come forward, have a go fighter and that could be his undoing against Liam.”
Walsh is in Green’s home territory this week, sparring with WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and his stablemates in Glasgow.
Further news surrounding the North Bridge bill centres on an opponent for Halifax’s Richard Bitner and an additional fight.
Bitner, a 22-year-old welterweight, will be up against an opponent at the opposite end of the experience scale in Johnny Greaves.
Bitner has won his only two pro fights while 32-year-old Londoner Greaves is a veteran of 77 fights and while he doesn’t win very often he is rarely stopped, so it should provide a good test of the Halifax man’s punching power.
Castleford cruiserweight Nathan Owen has been added to the bill, against an opponent yet to be fixed, and Aston is hoping to announce a foe for Halifax’s Scott Gladwin in the near future.
Meanwhile, Aston’s son Tyrone Nurse is finalising his preparations for the next Prizefighter event for light-welterweights at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
Nurse, unbeaten in 20, will be up against English welterweight title-holder Adil Anwar, another unbeaten star Dale Miles, former British champion Barry Morrison and major title challengers Young Mutley, Dean Harrison, Mark Lloyd and John Watson.
They will be competing for a 32,000 cheque in the one-night event.
Tickets for the North Bridge show are £30 and £50. They are available from Walsh on 07834 777415 and there is an after show party at Bar 11.