JOSH Wale insists the time is right for him to fulfil his potential, writes Liam Hoden.
The Brampton bantamweight had plenty of soul searching to do following his comprehensive defeat to Kid Galahad back in May.
And his main priority is to take his fearsome reputation out of the gym and into the arena.
He told the Times: “No one has been able to touch me in the gym since even before I turned professional.
“That goes for kids much bigger than me, world champions and the lot.
“Everyone who’s sparred with me has come out saying I’m an absolute nightmare.
“But I haven’t really transferred that across into the big fights.
“I’ve only had one bad performance and that was the Galahad one but I don’t think I’ve even started to fulfil my potential in the ring.
“I truly believe I would be British and Commonwealth champion now if I’d fulfilled my potential.”
Wale now admits that taking the Galahad fight, against the advice of dad and trainer Mick Wale, was probably a mistake.
He has accepted his future lies at bantamweight and he will struggle to move up weight classes – as he did to face Galahad at super bantamweight – at this stage of his career.
He said: “I just couldn’t resist taking the Galahad fight when it was offered up.
“I want to be in those type of fights, the big ones that people are talking about.
“But I know now it wasn’t right for me at that time and I don’t think I did myself justice in it.
“I didn’t stick to the game plan and I came unstuck but I’ve learned a lot of lessons from it so there are no regrets.
“I got frustrated waiting around for a big fight at bantamweight to come and the phone wasn’t ringing.
“The main thing I’ve got to learn in patience and I’m slowly doing that.”
Wale’s focus now is making up for lost time at bantamweight, starting by meeting Leeds’ Terry Broadbent for the Central Area title in Barnsley next month.
He said: “This fight just shows how determined I am to make a mark on this division.
“I could have eased back into things but I don’t want to hang about.
“Broadbent is a tough, aggressive kid on his way up and he’ll be a difficult opponent.
“But I’m confident that I can beat him and take that Area title.
“That’s the stepping stone to the English and British titles, people have to take notice of you then.
“I’m determined to send out a signal to the big names in the division that I’m on the way up.”
Broadbent has won five of his six fights since turning professional last February with his one defeat coming in Prizefighter against current European champion Lee Haskins.
The 23-year-old will walk into Wale’s backyard at the Barnsley Metrodome on September 21.
Wale said: “It’s going to be tough because he’s aggressive and likes to come forward.
“But that’s exactly the type of fighter I like to face.
“If I can pull everything together from the gym then I’ll be fine.
“This is only the start.”
For tickets for Wale’s clash with Broadbent – priced £35 or £55 ringside, £15 for under 15s – call 07870897304.