Mutual respect between Wale and Galahad

READY FOR A BATTLE: Josh Wale (right) lines up against Kid Galahad as they prepare to tussle for the WBC International title on May 12.
READY FOR A BATTLE: Josh Wale (right) lines up against Kid Galahad as they prepare to tussle for the WBC International title on May 12.

THERE was no need for any trash talk when Josh Wale went nose to nose with Kid Galahad for the first time.

The Brampton super bantamweight and his May 12 opponent met a press conference in Sheffield on Tuesday.

But rather than the typical insults flying between two fighters who will contest the WBC International title, there was a great deal of respect.

Wale said: “You don’t need to trash talk to sell this fight, this is the type of fight boxing needs.

“We’re two young, hungry, exciting fighters who have plenty to lose and to gain by taking this fight.

“Kid’s a great lad and I have a lot of respect for him for taking this fight on because plenty others in his position have run away from me.

“I’m sure we’re going to put on a great fight and I’m sure I’ll be the one coming out as the winner.”

Wale is set to meet Sheffield fighter Galahad – real name Barry Awad – at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on May 12, live on Channel Five.

He had no hesitation in snapping up the opportunity, despite Galahad’s 11 fight unbeaten record.

Wale said: “Anyone who knows me knows I want to fight the best and he’s one of the best right now.

“We wanted this fight.

“I was at bantamweight for 18 months and they were running away from me down there so I’ve come back up for a real test like this.

“And I’m 100 per cent that I’m going to win.

“I’m not underestimating him but I think I’ll be too much for him.

“He boxed Jason Booth last time but no disrespect to Jason we all know he’s seen better days.

“I’ve definitely got the power to put him away because I’ve done that to welterweights in sparring.”

Galahad – who beat Booth in February for the WBC International crown – acknowledges the danger Wale brings but remains confident of victory.

He said: “It’s going to be a tougher fight than the Jason Booth one.

“Josh is fresher, he’s hungrier and he comes to fight for fun, you know what you’re going to get from him.

“I know what I’ve got to do to win and that’s what I’ll be doing.”

Galahad’s trainer Dominic Ingle praised Wale for taking the bout following the withdrawal of European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, who appeared to get cold feet.

Ingle said: “The original opponent was supposed to be Willie Casey and he talked it all up but he had second thoughts once he saw the Booth fight.

“Josh jumped in when he stepped out and that just shows the type of lad he is.

“It also shows you how confident we are in Barry that we took it as well.

“You get it in this game that plenty would think Josh is too good to give him a chance.

“But we’re giving him a chance because we think we can beat him.

“He’s looking at this as his big chance to move up because he has been avoided.

“He knows if he wins this then Channel Five are going to want him.

“But we’re not going to let that happen.