Shay Walsh is a fast rising British Featherweight who has a record of 8-2. On Saturday 2nd March he will fight at OMMAC 16 against John Cullen. Shay took some time out to speak with me about his upcoming fight and his promising career.
Hi Shay, Thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
My name is Shay Walsh, im 24 years old. I fight in the featherweight division representing Lancaster and Morecambe MMA
You are fighting John Cullen at the upcoming Ommac show. How much do you know about him?
I know John is a very experienced and well rounded fighter- who is dangerous in all areas. This is going to be a big test for me.
He rarely goes to decision in his career, can we expect it to stay the same in this fight?
John has a couple of draws on his record so he has been the distance a couple of times but all of his wins have come by tko or submission. Both of us will be looking to finish the fight so i don’t think it will go all 3 rounds.
A saying in MMA is ‘Never leave it in the hands of the judges!” Do you try to adopt this in all your fights?
Definitely, out of my 9 pro wins only 1 has been by a decision. I always look to finish the fight but being able to grind out a decision win is also an important skill.
With that in mind, how has your training been going for the fight?
Training has gone excellent so far, ive been working on some specific things for the fight and training hard to make sure i have the conditioning for a 3 round war.
Last time out you got back to winning ways, submitting Saul Rogers at Cage Contender – Fight stars. How was that for you?
It felt great, alot of people were talking about Saul’s skills and potential and it was nice to be the first person to beat him, especially after a disappointing loss earlier on in the year.
I see that you fought Andy Ogle in 2011. How is it too see him doing well and how far do you think you can go in MMA?
Its great to see Andy fighting on the big show, alot of people talked about how good our fight was and i know deep down that with a different approach i could have performed alot better than i did. I’ve improved alot since that fight and i hope to follow Andy in the UFC at some point in my career.
Looking at fighting in general what is your favourite martial art to train?
I love to train in all aspects of the game but if I had to pick one favourite i would probably say Boxing.
What do you find harder: the fight itself or cutting weight?
The weight cut isn’t very difficult for me, i’ve done it plenty of times now and never missed weight. I think some fighters are taking the weight cuts to far looking for small advantages. Id rather be a little bit smaller but be able to keep coming hard for the whole fight instead of not performing at my best because of drastic weight loss.
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
Winning is the best thing as it makes all the hard work worth it. I am, also, motivated by the thought of that feeling.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Is there anybody you’d like to thank?
Everyone at Lancaster and Morecambe MMA, Barrie at extreme strength and conditioning. My Dad and girlfriend Beccy for supporting me and all my sponsors;
Dk Warehouse, mg rover solutions, freedom mobility, fit ‘n’ fix builders and Prestige male salon in Lancaster.