Wale’s gratitude

Josh Wale is set for his return to the ring this Sunday.
Josh Wale is set for his return to the ring this Sunday.

BRAMPTON bantamweight Josh Wale is not concerned his latest fight will not be in front of a huge crowd or television cameras – he is just happy to be boxing at all.

The 23-year-old has become somewhat accustomed to the big stage over the last couple of years.

But after five months of competitive inactivity, Wale is desperate to step back between the ropes at Cleethorpes’ Beachcomber Resort on Sunday.

He told the Times: “It’s just nice to be boxing again.

“I’m so glad Carl Greaves put me on this show because it’s been too long without a fight for me.

“I’m on a big show in Doncaster in September and it would have been too long since the Craig Lyon fight in February to wait for that.

“I should be boxing on a regular basis at my age and that’s why I signed with Frank Maloney because he can get me the fights I need.”

Wale will take on Bulgarian Fikret Remziev on Sunday.

Remziev has fought his last three bouts in Britain, losing to Lee Haskins, Chris Male and Doncaster’s Andy Roberts.

And although the 26-year-old has won just five of his 21 bouts, Wale refuses to underestimate him.

He said: “He went four rounds with (former British and Commonwealth flyweight champion) Lee Haskins in his last fight and he had to dig in so he’s not going to roll over.

“You have to keep your concentration levels up against kids like that because they can cause you problems if you underestimate them.

“The workout will be good and if the stoppage comes, that’ll be a bonus.”

Wale insists he has been ready to fight since a few weeks after his technical draw in the English title fight with Lyon in February.

He is keen to make an impression on his next scheduled outing at the Doncaster Dome on September 3.

Topping the bill is Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell who defends his European and Commonwealth bantamweight straps in a three title clash with British champion Stuey Hall.

And Wale wants to be in prime position to challenge for the British title should the fancied McDonnell triumph and move up to world title level.