JOSH WALE intends to put an end to the ‘hype’ surrounding Kid Galahad when the pair meet on May 12.
The Brampton fighter, 23, was fed up of waiting for opportunities at bantamweight so has moved back up to super-bantam to face Galahad.
Hillsborough Leisure Centre is set to be the venue for a clash of styles between switch-hitting Galahad and the aggressive Wale.
Wale said: “I’m avoided like the plague and was going nowhere as a bantamweight. The only fights I was getting were against dumplings. I got the call and didn’t have to think twice. This is the sort of opportunity I was after. Galahad’s a good kid but I’ve seen flaws in him and I’ll exploit them. They can keep building up his profile because it will make me look better when I do a number on him.
“He’s unbeaten and he’ll be the favourite but I’ve boxed better kids than he has. Galahad won’t know what’s hit him.”
Wale boxed for four rounds with a broken jaw in his last fight and recorded victory. He questions whether Galahad has the same heart as him.
“There’s not many fighters who’d box on with that injury. Top level fighters have had it and quit. To stop me in a fight you’d have to use a sledgehammer,” said Wale. “I’m going to take Galahad places he’s never been before.”
Rival Sheffield fighter Ross Burkinshaw was also chasing a bout with Galahad. Wale said: “I thought Ross had retired after Craig Lyon knocked him out. I’m first in line for Galahad. Get in the queue and work on your defence.”
Promoter Ricky Hatton is promising a world title shot for the winner of the Ryan Rhodes v Sergey Rabchenko European light-middleweight contest at Manchester on June 16. They were due to meet recently, but Rhodes was forced to pull out because of a back injury that prevented him from training.
Belarussian Rabchenko, 26, who spends much of his time training in Manchester is unbeaten in 20 fights.
Hatton said: “I will get the victor a world title fight. It is an exceptional fight between two special boxers and it fills me with excitement. Sergey is one of the best young talents in Europe and Ryan might be getting on in years, but his hunger and desire hasn’t diminished. He proved that when he beat Siarhei Khomiski in November. His injury has cleared up, he’s determined to see off Rabchenko.”