DEMPSEY Wale has always claimed he’s the best of the fighting Wale brothers and the youngest is starting to make his voice heard.
Brampton’s Dempsey, aged 15, made his amateur bow in Cleethorpes, outpointing Jack Miller from York ABC in what dad and trainer Mick called a “tremendous performance.”
“Dempsey has always said that he’d turn out the best and he might even be right,” said Mick. “I couldn’t believe how calm and assured he was. It aged me 10 years because he’s my baby and his mum couldn’t watch after the first round. I’m sure everybody would be able to tell that he came from my gym.”
To have three fighting siblings is uncommon. The Smith brothers from Liverpool and the Walshs from Norfolk are doing well on the British professional scene but Wale can’t think of any others locally.
He doesn’t want to put too much pressure on Dempsey and hasn’t forced any of his sons into fighting.
“It’s been a struggle to match him because Josh boxed for England and Gwyn won national titles at amateur level so we’ve got a good name in the sport,” said Mick.
Wale’s other amateur Brad Botham, 17, lost by a single point and is likely to turn pro after he’s entered the novice championships in October.