Former world title challenger Liam Walsh (21-1, 14 KOs) is ecstatic to be back after a difficult period over the last two years which made him think he’d never step foot in the ring again.
Ex-British and Commonwealth champion Walsh fights for the first time since May 2017 when he returns on the #MTKFightNight event at the Brentwood Centre this Saturday, May 11, live on iFL TV.
His first opponent back after his his solitary career defeat to Floyd Mayweather's protege Gervonta Davies (17-0) will be WBF African lightweight champion Jonas Segu (19-8-2), 28 from Tanzania. The lightweights will square off over eight-rounds at 135lbs.
The lack of opportunities following his third-round TKO meant the 32-year-old was close to starting a new job away from boxing, but he is now glad to put all of that frustration behind him after signing with MTK Global.
Walsh said: “I didn’t think I would get an opportunity like this again and didn’t see how it could work for me and everyone. It’s been difficult after two years away and at one stage I started to seek jobs elsewhere.
“Not being able to do what I love has been difficult and I was worried it wouldn’t happen again. There were positives like getting to watch my children grow up and spending a lot more time with my brother Michael, but now I’m buzzing to be back in the ring.
“It’s been good working towards an actual date too. I’ve always been training over the past two years, but when you get an actual date set in stone then it’s a different type of training. The intensity steps up and it’s a great feeling in the gym.”
There are big fights available to Cromer's Walsh, who has already been targeted by former IBF world lightweight champion Mickey Bey.
Along with Walsh, there are plenty of other exciting stars on the bill this weekend, including Danny Dignum, Shaquille Day, Liam Conroy, DP Carr, Harlem Eubank and many more.
Read Danny Flexen's fantastic feature with Liam Walsh – The forgotten, forsaken boxer