Walsh is forced to put career on hold

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Halifax’s Liam Walsh faces a prolonged absence from the ring due to an eye problem which has left him with double vision.

The 30-year-old can ill afford time away from the sport at this stage of his career but his long-term health comes first and he said: “Boxing is the last thing on my mind at the moment.”

Walsh, who has won 10 of his 12 professional fights, has reportedly been forced to turn down an English title shot in the 10 stone division against ex-pro footballer Curtis Woodhouse.

“It is all up in the air until I go back to see the doctor on January 30,” said Walsh.

The former Siddal ARLFC scrum half said he had damaged a nerve in his head while sparring in January 2011.

One operation had failed to clear up the problem, which had recently got worse and meant he was forced to wear glasses.

Walsh, who was last seen in action in the lightweight Prizefighter tournament at Liverpool in October when he lost to eventual winner Terry Flannigan, admitted he had also had “a bit of a fall out” with local fight boss Chris Aston.

Aston’s son Tyrone Nurse, a Prizefighter runner-up, faces Joe Elfidh for the Central Area light welterweight title over 10 rounds at Doncaster Dome on Friday, February 15.

Scott Gladwin will be on the same bill, against Doncaster’s Connor Nixon, who has won all his four fights to date.

The contest will be over six rounds and the Halifax man, whose winning start as a pro was ended by two defeats against tough opponents last autumn, will be fighting at super flyweight for the first time.

Another Halifax fighter, Richard Bitner, is scheduled to return a day later in a four round welterweight scrap in Glasgow against Alexander White, who also has just one defeat in the paid ranks.