Wale signs up for title tilt

TITLE HOPES: Josh Wale will contest the International Masters strap next month.
TITLE HOPES: Josh Wale will contest the International Masters strap next month.

JOSH Wale will look to become a two weight champion at the tender age of 23 when he steps through the ropes in his home town next month.

The Brampton bantamweight will contest the International Masters title with South African Michael Ramabeletsa at Barnsley Metrodome on December 4.

And while the strap may not be the most prestigious in the sport, Central Area super bantamweight champion Wale is looking for an expected victory to propel him into the upper reaches of the domestic title picture.

He told the Times: “People might look and think I'm not aiming very high with this but it's a chance for me to win another title at a different weight and I can't turn that down.

“I want to win as much as possible in my career no matter what the title is.

“And to headline a show in Barnsley is always something special.”

Wale was due to meet Ramabeletsa at Doncaster Dome in September but withdrew following the stabbing of his brother Gwyn.

He hoped a good performance in the scheduled bout would land him a shot at the English or British bantamweight title before the end of the year but it was not to be.

He said: “I had the chance to be on the big show in Peterlee later on in December but that would have been a six rounder which is not really much good for me.

“I’m desperate to go to the next level so I need to test myself over distance against fighters capable of going that distance.

“So the chance to have a ten rounder was too good to pass up.

“This kid doesn't get stopped much so there's a chance we might go all the way.

“But I'll be looking for that stoppage like I always do.”

Wale is very keen to set up a bout with former British bantam king Stuart Hall.

The Darlington fighter was unbeaten before losing his British title to Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell in September and has made no secret of his desire to win the strap back.

Wale said: “We know Stuart Hall is very keen on fighting me and because we've got the same promoter in Frank Maloney it shouldn't be a difficult fight to make.

“He's 31 now so I think he'd fight anybody and he wants the British title back if Jamie McDonnell vacates so it'd be fantastic if we could sort that out.

“We’re third and fourth in the British rankings behind Jamie McDonnell and Lee Haskins, who is a super flyweight, so we really should be the two in line.

“Hopefully it'll happen early next year.”

Tickets for the Barnsley Metrodome show on the afternoon of December 4 are £35 or £50 for a ringside seat including a three course meal.

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