THERE was a sense of pride and relief for Brampton boxer Gwyn Wale after making a successful return to the ring following a four and a half year absence, writes Liam Hoden.
Wale picked up a 39-37 points win over Jason Nesbitt at Barnsley Metrodome with a steady, if unspectacular performance.
And he was pleased to get the fight under his belt.
“I’m glad I’ve got that out of the way,” Wale said.
“I wanted something steady and I’m not bothered it wasn’t spectacular.
“I’m over the moon.
“I didn’t know how it was going to be.
“I wouldn’t say I was nervours but I wanted to get it over and done with.
The 26-year-old demonstrated a more technical boxing side than during his initial run and was pleased he kept his composure and stuck to the game plan.
He said: “That’s what I said I was going to do.
“Sometimes it can all go out of the window.
“I can hurt a kid and think I’m in here, so it’ll all go out of the window.
“I just wanted to stick to that and I did it, I’m pretty pleased with it.
“I didn’t want to get in a war with him and I managed to avoid it.”
Wale is looking for a quick turnaround before his next fight and would like a six round contest to test his newly developed skills.
He said: “I feel really good, fit and strong, and I can’t wait to get back in.
“When I went in with the jabs I felt like they were taking their toll on him.
“I feel strong as a bull.
“I want a six rounder because I’m better as a fight goes on.
“But this one got the cobwebs off.”
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