JOSH Wale has landed a shot at bantamweight rival Jamie McDonnell’s old Commonwealth title.
The Brampton fighter, aged 24, has been on the brink of fighting for a big title for some time and will travel to fight former British champion Stuart Hall in his hometown of Darlington on November 16.
Wale told The Star: “It’s a massive deal for me to fight for such a big title and I’m so happy that it’s all been sorted out now.
“It’s been in the offing for a few weeks now and it doesn’t matter to me that I’ll have to go up there to fight for it.
“It would have been nice to fight for it down here but I’ve fought all over the world as an amateur and down in London when I was 19 so nothing like that bothers me.”
McDonnell beat Hall last year but has since vacated his domestic titles to move up to the elite level which leaves Wale and Hall as the premier boxers in the division domestically.
Wale, a former England amateur, went up to super-bantamweight to fight Kid Galahad earlier this year purely because he could not get a fight at bantamweight, he realises now that this was a mistake.
“Styles make fights and Galahad’s style is awful for anybody to deal with, I think a lot of fighters won’t be able to get near him,” stressed Wale.
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I just wanted a fight because I was fed up with fighting foreign kids who went over every time I hit them.
“Bantamweight is my weight and I’ll prove it against Hall. We’re two olden day style fighters who like to fight but I’m younger and stronger than him.
“Although he’s much older than me, I’ve actually had more fights than him and I’m very confident that I’ll be able to beat him in a way that can send shockwaves through the division.”
He added: “It is time for me to fulfil my potential.”
Another title could be about to change hands in South Yorkshire. Doncaster’s Jason Ball will defend his Central Area light-middleweight title against Sheffield’s Sam Sheedy in November with the winner then fighting Wale’s stablemate Matthew Mallin.