Stabbed boxer back in ring for brother’s fight

Josh Wale celebrates a boxing win with brother Gwyn Wale, who was recently stabbed. Picture: Kevin Finn
Josh Wale celebrates a boxing win with brother Gwyn Wale, who was recently stabbed. Picture: Kevin Finn
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A SOUTH Yorkshire boxer left fighting for life after he was stabbed on his street got back in the ring again - to help his brother celebrate a win.

Gwyn Wale, aged 27, was building a wall for a neighbour on Becknoll Road, Brampton Brierlow, Rotherham, when he was attacked.

He was stabbed a number of times - including once in his heart - and underwent emergency surgery at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield after his ordeal.

Gwyn, a well known South Yorkshire boxer, was in intensive care after the attack with his life hanging in the balance.

He was given emergency first aid at the scene by his father Mick Wale, a boxing trainer, until paramedics arrived to take over, but is now recovering at home.

Gwyn was ringside when his younger brother Josh recorded the 13th professional win of his career after a fight at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Josh, a highly-rated bantamweight who hopes to challenge for a Lonsdale belt early next year, stopped Slovakian Elemir Rafael inside three rounds.

“That was the first time Gwyn’s been out of the house really and his body is still a real mess,” said Josh.

“We are a really close-knit family and he’s kept up his proud record of seeing every one of my pro and amateur fights.

“It has been a really difficult month and I’m just pleased that I could get a win for the family.

“My dad Mick trains us and then there’s my younger brother Dempsey who trains as an amateur. So we’re always together and that’s been broken up over the last month after what’s happened.”

n William Edward Lowe, 44, of Edward Street, Great Houghton, Rotherham, has been charged with wounding with intent over the stabbing.

He is on bail pending a plea and directions hearing to be held at Sheffield Crown Court in November.