Josh Wale wants to bring back the days of getting rave reviews for his performances and thinks his fight with Gavin McDonnell is the perfect time to do it.
The Barnsley fighter will challenge McDonnell for his British bantamweight title in Leeds tomorrow night – a rematch of the enthralling final eliminator the two had last September.
Wale says victory would see him not only achieve a life-long dream of becoming British champion, but also fulfil his potential.
“When I first turned pro I was getting rave reviews for my performances,” Wale said.
“I proved that I was capable of getting in the ring with the best but I don’t think I’ve ever fulfilled my potential.
“I’ve been in with some top kids. Stuart Hall’s a world champion now and Kid Galahad’s going the same way.
“And I’ve had a lot of praise for how I’ve managed to stay in there with them but it’s not good enough for me.
“It’s been my dream since I was a kid to be British champion and I’ve always felt I’ve got the potential to do that.
“But you can only talk for so long about how close you’ve come.
“You can be proud of what you’ve done but there’s always that nag there if you’ve not done it.
“This fight with Gav is another big chance for me and I’m determined that I’m going to take it.”
Wale and McDonnell will weigh in for their title bout at 1pm today at the Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square.
Their bout will be live on Sky Sports from the First Direct Arena tomorrow.