LIAM Walsh is back on course for the biggest fight of his career against Scotland’s Stuart Green at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, on Saturday, April 14.
The unbeaten ex-Siddal RLFC scrum half damaged his hand in training last month, forcing the seven-fight professional bill to be put back from March 10.
He had to take a week’s break from sparring but local gym boss Chris Aston said all was now well and Walsh, who has won nine out of nine in the paid ranks, would top the bill in an eight-rounder.
“He has been back in full training for two to three weeks and was more or less in shape anyway,” he said.
Aston has announced one change to the bill with Richard Bitner, another Halifax fighter, up against a different opponent.
His scheduled foe, Londoner Johnny Greaves, has picked up a cut in a recent fight so Welshman Sean Gorman will step in.
Aston added: “All the Welsh kids seem to come and tear it up with you but he is probably Bitner’s type of fighter.
“Gorman is about the same standard of opponent but a different style - Greaves is more of a clever, journeyman pro.”
Scott Gladwin will face Adnan Fuzesi in a battle of two unbeaten fighters while a fourth Halifax man, Shuzzy Hussein, will tackle midlander Bobby Wood.
The bill is completed by Castleford’s Nathan Owens against Birmingham’s Hastings Rasani, Huddersfield’s Ismail Anwar against Nuneaton’s Kristian Laight and Dewsbury’s Jahid Kahut against Nottingham’s ex-cage fighter Tamai Harding.
Aston has invited former world champion turned promoter Ricky Hatton to next month’s event in the hope of enticing him and his co-trainer Mike Jackson to send some of their fighters to Halifax in the future.
The 33-year-old “Hitman” has several top established fighters on his books and is also turning his hand to developing leading amateurs. Aston’s son Tyrone Nurse, one of the country’s rising light welterweight stars, has been going to Hatton’s gym in Manchester for sparring.
“I’d like to think that Halifax is a place where we could put on a Sky Sports show,” said Aston.
Promoter Barry Hearn was at an event at Sheffield last week and Aston took the opportunity to float the idea of bringing the popular Prizefighter series to Yorkshire for the first time.
Aston suggested a lightweight event in Halifax - Walsh might be a suitable participant - and Hearn apparently replied that it might not be a bad idea.
Tickets for next month’s North Bridge show are £30 and £50. They are available from Walsh on 07834 777415, Gladwin on 07502 272593 or Bitner on 07815 632180 and there is an after show party at Bar 11.