Walsh back to winning ways

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A first title remains as elusive as ever for Liam Walsh.

The Halifax fighter made it 10 wins out of 11 as a professional at North Bridge Leisure Centre in his home town on Saturday but only against a stand-in opponent.

Walsh was due to fight Tamao Dwyer from Manchester for the vacant Central Area light welterweight title but his opponent withdrew on Thursday.

A frustrated Walsh had to settle for 59-57 points win over William Warburton from Manchester and will now have to wait until after the summer break for a title shot.

It was far from plain sailing for the 30-year-old former amateur international rugby league scrum half.

Walsh was up against a bigger opponent, albeit with a fairly modest record, and took plenty of shots trying to get inside in the six round contest.

However, he landed some solid right hands over the top to get back to winning ways after his defeat against Scotland’s Stuart Green at the same venue a few months earlier.

Stablemate Tyrone Nurse had no more than a good workout against Hungarian Karoly Lakatos in the main supporting contest.

Huddersfield’s Nurse, a Prizefighter finalist earlier in the year, won every round against an opponent who provided little threat in attack but proved to have a solid chin.

Halifax’s Richard Bitner and Cameron Halfpenny had taken unbeaten records into the first bout of the evening at welterweight and it stayed that way after they drew over four rounds.

Huddersfield’s Ismail Anwar provided the only stoppage of the night when Leroy Smedley from Leeds failed to beat the count early in the third round of their lightweight contest while there were also wins for Castleford pair Jamie Kelly and Nathan Owens and unbeaten welterweight Damon Jones from Leeds.