Wale prepares for fight of his life

Boxer, Josh Wale. Picture: Holly Allen.
Boxer, Josh Wale. Picture: Holly Allen.

JOSH Wale is all set for the biggest fight of his young career, writes Liam Hoden.

The 22-year-old Brampton bantamweight will challenge Craig Lyon for the English title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday night and is more than confident of returning home with the strap.

He believes Lyon has never fought anyone like him before and is confident he will have more than enough to defeat the Lancashire man.

Wale fought for an English title in 2009 when he took on Matthew Marsh for the super bantamweight crown – a fight which proved a major learning curve.

Though he was defeated by the experienced Marsh, Wale showed his potential by controlling the early stages.

Since then he has looked to tame his blistering aggression and demonstrate his boxing skills in order to see the longer fights through.

But Lyon can expect a vicious onslaught from Wale from the first bell, with the Outlaw settling down if he does not manage to get the stoppage he always craves.

The fight also represents the biggest bout in the career of Lyon.

The St Helens fighter is undefeated in his 12 fights so far but has yet to meet anyone with the calibre of Wale in his three– year professional career.

His last fight was in October when he captured the vacant English strap by seeing off Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw, who retired after five rounds.

The bout will be broadcast live on SKY Sports on Saturday night.

Former world champion Ricky Hatton – who will promote the show – believes the Wale versus Lyon clash has the potential to steal the show.