JOSH Wale fought through the pain of a fractured jaw to earn his second title as a pro and a third is now in sight.
After a disciplined display in the opening rounds at Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday, Wale was caught by a well-placed shot by South African Michael Ramabeletsa in the sixth round and had to box on instinct after that.
Dad and trainer Mick Wale told The Star: “Josh said to me afterwards that he’d just opened his mouth to get some air in when he got caught with a great shot and he felt his jaw go straight away. We went straight to Barnsley hospital afterwards and we’ve found out that he’s got a fractured jaw.
“He boxed another three rounds with that injury and must’ve been in excruciating pain but he showed how much he wants it. Some boxers would’ve pulled out.”
Wale still had the wherewithal to get to the final bell and arguably stepped up the pace in the last two rounds to win the British Masters title at bantamweight. The 23-year-old is still the Central Area Super-Bantamweight champion and after seeing a consultant at the Royal Hallamshire hospital on Monday morning should be fine to fight for his dream British title in February.
His opponent at Doncaster Dome will be Darlington’s Stuart Hall, who was defeated by Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell earlier this year in a three title winner takes it all bout.
“Missing out on that fight was the worry, but we’ll be ok for that. The consultant has dealt with a lot of boxers in the past and has assured me that he’s going to look after him and that’s great news because the British title would mean so much to us,” said Mick. “When you consider Josh was cut in the second too he proved that he’s made of champion material and there’s nothing that can stop him from getting to where he wants to go.”
The Hall bout will be on the undercard for McDonnell’s fight with Malik Bouziane.