HALIFAX boxer Liam Walsh will chase a £32,000 jackpot in a Prizefighter competition for lightweights at Liverpool Olympia on Saturday, October 6.
The 30-year-old, who has won 10 out of 11 as a pro, has been confirmed as one of eight fighters for an event to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Walsh will be hoping to go one better that his Huddersfield stablemate Tyrone Nurse, who was beaten by Adil Anwar in the final of a Prizefighter light welterweight tournament at Wolverhampton in the spring.
It promises to be a huge test for former amateur rugby league ace Walsh with some past and present British title holders in the line-up for the fast and furious three round contests.
Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla has taken the final spot and the line-up also includes the man who took Crolla’s British belt in April, local favourite Derry Mathews.
Dewsbury’s ex-British super featherweight champ Gary Sykes, two more Liverpool fighters in Stephen Jennings and Terry Needham, the unbeaten Nathan Brough and Heywood’s Central Area champ ‘Vicious’ Kieran Farrell join Walsh in a line-up which is being billed as the strongest in the 26 editions of Matchroom Sport’s one night tournaments.
It looks set to be the biggest night of Walsh’s career and local fight boss Chris Aston said it would be pivotal to his fighter’s future plans.
“Prizefighter can finish careers if you lose but it can also open doors and financially it can be very rewarding,” he said.
“If Liam can win this it will put him in the top half dozen in Britain. There is massive publicity surrounding these events.”
Walsh returned to training on Monday after a three-week break following his points win over William Warburton at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax on June 30.
Aston said: “This gives us around 10 weeks to prepare which is ideal.”
Meanwhile, Halifax’s Scott Gladwin also has a big date on the horizon.
The 24-year-old, unbeaten in five fights in the paid ranks, will take on Gavin McDonnell for the Central Area Super Bantamweight title at Doncaster Dome on Saturday, September 1.
McDonnell’s brother Jamie is the European bantamweight champion.
Gladwin will be going into unchartered territory over 10 rounds and can expect a partisan crowd supporting his opponent.
Aston said: “It is into the lion’s den for Scott. He seems to take two or three rounds to get going and then keeps the pace up so hopefully the 10 rounds will suit him.
“A win would really elevate his career.”