Maloney switch puts jaded Josh at the head of title queue

Sign here: Bantamweight Josh Wale puts pen to paper with promoter Frank Maloney in the hope of earning a British title bout
Sign here: Bantamweight Josh Wale puts pen to paper with promoter Frank Maloney in the hope of earning a British title bout
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JOSH Wale is hunting the British title after switching to a new promotion team.

The Brampton bantamweight, aged 23, has left his deal with Scottish promoter Tommy Gilmour and instead signed with Londoner Frank Maloney. The switch comes after a frustrating time for Wale, whose career seems to have been blighted with misfortune.

A re-match against Craig Lyon for the English title never materialised after their initial match was called a technical draw. Both fighters sustaining cuts early in the fight and the new rules dictated that the match be stopped with Lyon retaining his title.

He was then set to be chief support to Kell Brook’s show but was bumped down the pecking order – a fed-up Wale decided to “bite the bullet” and go where the titles were.

He said: “I’ve parted on good terms with Tommy. It just wasn’t working out for us and the distance was a problem. Frank has both Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall so there’d be no problems in sorting out a fight between either of them after their fight in September. He’s got my division absolutely wrapped up. I think Jamie will win easy enough and he’ll vacate the British title which should leave me to fight Stuart or whoever for it. I’m at the front of the line now.

“When I met Frank I knew things could work out. You hear a lot of things in boxing but I took him at face value and we got along fine. I liked what he had to say.”

Wale will fight a warm-up on his show in Cleethorpes this Sunday against Bulgarian Fikret Reziev (W5 L16).