EVEN in the wacky world of boxing some things are certain.
One is Brampton’s Josh Wale will always, some way or another, give you your money’s worth. Another is that you can’t get up off your stool when you have a broken rib.
Body shots did the damage to opponent Ashley Lane at the Barnsley Metrodome and after sinking to his knees twice in the ninth the Northampton battler could not make it up for the tenth.
Lane had dictated a good early tempo but Wale was landing with more quality in an even enough duel for the British Masters super-bantamweight title.
The turning point came after the midway point. Lane was heading into uncharted territory and Wale, who’d had five previous title fights, took full advantage.
Wale was sinking in his body shots deeper and the a beauty landed right on the ribcage. Often cited as the area of the body that can’t be toughened, the punch had a game-changing effect.
Lane bravely limped through the round in agony and was down again before he sensibly opted not to come out for the final round.
Meanwhile, Parson Cross’ Wayne Reed came up short in his bid to become English super-middleweight champion at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and was stopped in the sixth round by the unbeaten Rocky Fielding.