Jonathan Walsh

Unbeaten super-lightweight Jonathan Walsh looking for win number three

Published On Tuesday, September 17, 2019By Tim Rickson

Jonathan Walsh back in action on 'September Showdown' card

Unbeaten super-lightweight Jonathan Walsh (2-0) is back in action on September 21 at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool looking to complete a hat trick of wins.

The 23-year-old faces 41-year-old Syrian veteran Youssef Al Hamidi (16-124-5) over four rounds.

The former Haringey Box Cup winner said of his preparations for fight night, “Training camp has gone well, to be honest. I had a couple of weeks off after three back to back camps and I’m feeling good. I have got a lot of sparring in with Nick [Ball] so he’s bringing me on.”

Nick Ball (9-0) headlines the 12-fight card, searching for his 10th professional victory against Cameroonian Abdon Cesar (3-9).

Walsh’s forthcoming opponent is approaching his 14th year as a professional fighter and has only been stopped three times in 145 fights.

“Each fight obviously we’re learning; in my debut I know I was a bit too eager, I put him down in third and then it was just bombs away and my boxing went out the window!

“I had sold a load of tickets and just wanted to punch his head and get him out of there. Even my last one, I had learnt from the first one and thought I boxed quite well.

“In this next one, I want to take my time and practice the things I’ve been working on. My opponent has been only been stopped a couple of times out of 145 fights.”

Residing in Yorkshire, Al Hamidi once took future three-weight world champion Ricky Burns to a close points decision, narrowly losing 57-58 over six-rounds.

Walsh turns 24 in just a few weeks time and shared his plans for the rest of the season, “Next fight is November 30, so I’ll be back out again this year.

“This time next year, hopefully I’d have had another four fights and be 8-0 and not too far from banging on the door for a title, like the Central Area or an eliminator for the English. I would like to have has an eight-rounder by then, but it’s all up to Paul, so I just do whatever he says.”

Walsh trains at the Everton Red Triangle Gym with Paul Stevenson and the next show features a host of talented prospects from the thriving gym, promoted by Pat Barrett’s Black Flash Promotions.

Headliner Nick Ball goes up against a former London 2012 Olympian in Abdon Cesar, who now resides in County Durham.

The Central African ends a three-year hiatus when he steps through the ropes to face Ball, who has enjoyed four straight stoppage wins, but his 33-year-old opponent was a bronze medalist in the 2011 All-Africa Games so should present a significant challenge in his 10th contest.

Four-time national amateur champion Andrew Cain (3-0) and three-time national amateur champion Connor Butler (3-0) each strive to continue their winning runs on the undercard.

Merseyside middleweight Harry Woods (2-0) has his third professional bout against London-based Italian Victor Edagha (2-63-3), and Carly Skelly (1-0) looks to build on her debut win over Bec Connolly (2-5) in another four two-minute rounds contest at bantamweight.

Jack McKinlay, described by his coach Paul Stevenson as a good amateur and a big hitter, will make his pro debut at welterweight against the seasoned Fonz Alexander (7-101).

2018 Senior ABA champion Bradley Strand (1-0) will tackle Batley’s Nabil Ahmed (0-2) over four-rounds at super-bantamweight, and super-middleweight southpaw James Heneghan (1-0) has his second professional contest five months after his debut points win over Genadij Krajevski (0-3).

Debutants Michael Hedges (lightweight) and Junior Thompson (super-welterweight) complete the card.


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