JOSH Wale claims that he was never hurt by Kid Galahad but the experience of the fight has energised him ahead of his Commonwealth title shot on Friday night.
Brampton’s Wale, aged 24, couldn’t get within range of slippery Galahad when they fought earlier this year and the bout was stopped by the doctor with Wale marked up badly.
That took Wale’s record to four defeats and two by stoppage - although neither were from being hurt in the traditional boxing sense.
The only draw on Wale’s record also came from a cut but he still believes his skin can face up to 12, tough rounds which is what he’s bargaining for against Darlington’s Stuart Hall at the Dolphin Centre on Friday.
“Galahad can’t punch hard and didn’t hurt me in the ring. He’s clever and awkward and that’s what he has in his favour.”
Wale admits that although Galahad had the beating of him, he didn’t do himself justice on the night either. Still, he wants to make his impact back at bantamweight.
“On reflection I shouldn’t have taken that fight with Galahad because I am a bantamweight, it’s my natural weight and I’ve never lost as a bantamweight,” he said.
Josh’s trainer and father Mick says that he can’t wait for Sam Sheedy to face his fighter Matthew Mallin at the Barnsley Metrodome in December in a Central Area title defence.
“We used to have Sam on our amateur shows when he was a kid and he had talent then,” said Wale.
“It was a great win against Jason Ball but we’ve got the home advantage in the fight. It should be a cracker.”