ONE thing that both parties agree on is that the South Yorkshire showdown between Kid Galahad and Josh Wale will be a cracker.
The pair met for the first time yesterday ahead of their fight for the WBC International super-bantamweight belt at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on May 12.
There was mutual respect shown by both camps and Galahad’s trainer Dominic Ingle is certain that Brampton Bierlow’s Wale, aged 24, will force his fighter into his best performance yet.
“I’ve seen Josh and there’s no arguing with what he does, he comes out for a crash, bang, whallop,” said Ingle.
“We saw him in the Prizefighter where he lost to Willie Casey who was the original opponent for this and Willie talked it all up but he saw the Jason Booth fight and had second thoughts.
“Josh Wale jumped in and he can punch, and fight. He’s not going to go down easy.”
Galahad concurred with his mentor but isn’t concerned that Wale boxed four rounds with a broken jaw in his last fight: “It’s going to be a tougher fight than Jason Booth because Josh is fresher, hungrier and a tough fighter,” he said. “I won’t have to fight with a broken jaw, though, because I won’t get hit.”
The biggest laugh came when the Sheffield camp described an average night out in Barnsley.
Brendan Ingle was on his usual top form joking that “civilisation hasn’t reached Barnsley yet” and that a night out in Barnsley is more entertaining than professional boxing shows but Wale responded well.
“Barry’s a good kid, he’s from a good gym and has a good trainer in Dominic,” he said.
“I’ve beaten Ingle fighters before but Barry will be the best I’ve come across.
“We know what the Ingle style is but mine style suits it and I’m like a come-forward Mexican and we all know what happened when Barrera met Naz.”
Promoter Mick Hennessy believes both fighters deserve credit for taking the fight in the early stages of their careers: “Kid Galahad is a brilliant young star in the making and credit should go to him for taking this fight because it’s a hell of a fight and Josh is a tremendous fighter himself,” he said.
“To be fair to Josh and his manager Carl Greaves, they pursued this fight and that’s refreshing.
“It is a crossroads fight and there are probably still a few questions marks about Galahad. Fair play to the Ingles for taking this because it’s a real dangerous fight.”
The fight will be broadcast on Channel Five with fellow Ingle-trained fighter Junior Witter leading the undercard as he faces British champion Colin Lynes. Chris Eubank Junior is also expected to feature and a trio of Ingle-trained debutants.
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