IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Jayden Walsh collects Jake Savic at Coastal Combat 7. Picture: Coastal Combat MMA
IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Jayden Walsh collects Jake Savic at Coastal Combat 7. Picture: Coastal Combat MMA

Walsh in line for title shot after Coastal Combat 7 win

MARTIAL ARTS: Coastal Combat 7 promoter Joel Szepesvary has lauded the efforts of title contender Jayden Walsh after his eye-catching victory at Pacific Paradise on Saturday.

The Caloundra fighter claimed a split decision win over Jake Savic to improve his unbeaten record to 4-0, setting up a likely tilt at a belt.

"Jayden turned it on. He was a standout," Szepesvary said.

"It was a close decision but against a tough opponent. He'll be in line for a title shot at bantamweight."

The 22-year-old from Ignite Martial Arts Academy had some style during the display against Savic (2-3-0).

"He looked really smooth and relaced in there and was playing it up to the crowd.

"He walked the walk and got the result as well."

Walsh, who has been in the game for five years, said "it's all really starting to come ­together".

"I'm working on everything and it's falling into place.

"I'm working hard with the guys and my coach Ryan Dunstan on my skills."

Walsh is keen to become a genuine threat in the sport.

"I want to make a real go of it," he said.

A stand-up fighter renowned for his striking ability, Walsh adapted to Savic's wrestling on Saturday.

"It was a tough fight. I faced some adversity because in the past three fights I hadn't fought a wrestler."

"I got taken down a few times and had to defend them.

"I was down on the mat thinking I was going to get my head pounded in a couple of times but I got up, got out of it and managed to push through the rounds and got the win."

Walsh wasn't the only fighter to impress at Pacific Paradise State Primary School hall, with Michael Tepou (6-2-0) defeating local Brad Cowie (4-1-0) for the lightweight belt.

"Brad at 42 years old, with six kids, it was probably going to be his last fight anyway," Szepesvary said.

"It would have been good for him to go out on top, but the young fighters are coming through and he can't stay at the top forever.

"Brad just got clipped early (in the fight), that's the fight game."

Justin Van Heerden (26-15-1) won the pro featherweight title against Rodolfo Marques (4-4-0) in the main bout.

Organisers announced a venue change on Friday.

They initially planned to host the fight night at Machjet International Hangar at Sunshine Coast Airport but Szepesvary said they were unable to overcome an insurance hurdle, which they were only made aware of late in the week.



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