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Josh Wale

FOR Josh Wale, the pain of underperforming on his biggest night as a professional was perhaps worse than the savage cuts which forced his televised fight against Kid Galahad to be stopped.

The 24-year-old showed enormous guts against the highly-touted Sheffield fighter, ploughing forward in their May super-bantamweight clash despite his opponent’s fast hands and punishing angles of attack.

Wale returns to the ring at Barnsley Metrodome on September 21 against Terry Broadbent for the vacant central area bantamweight title, aiming to build up once again to another high-profile contest.
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UNBEATEN Kid Galahad has targeted a meeting with emerging star Carl Frampton or former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey.

Sheffield-based Galahad stretched his unblemished record to 12-0 following an exemplary home-town display against Barnsley’s Josh Wale on Saturday.

The fight was stopped between rounds after the Carl Greaves-managed boxer had been cut on both eyes – and it had been Galahad’s smooth movement and lightning-fast shots that had done the damage.

Now, the 22-year-old is keen to break through into the super-bantamweight elite class at domestic level. While he is keeping an eye on next month’s Rendall Munroe v Scott Quigg clash in Manchester, a bout he favours the former to win, Frampton and Casey are in his direct sights.

“I want to be  back in the ring in two or three months’ time and hopefully I’ll get one of those two,” said Galahad, who trains at the Ingle Gym.

“The better opponents I face, then the better I fight, and I would expose either of them just like I did with Josh Wale.”

Although either bout would represent a step up in class for Galahad, he did little wrong in his display at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre. Although a game Wale attempted to damage his opponent on the inside at points, his approach merely emphasised the home fighter’s neat footwork, switch hitting and range of punches.

“Josh Wale is a tough kid,” Galahad told LincBoxing, “but after the first minute of the first round he realised that he couldn’t get to me.

“It was a good performance but I can get a lot better. I knew what I was going to do against Wale – break him down, dishearten him and then take him out.

“If he had carried on any further then he would have ended up in a really bad condition and I don’t think he’ll ever be the same after this fight. I hurt him but he kept on coming, and after a while I was hitting him with shots he just couldn’t see.

“After the fight he told me that he didn’t realise how good I was. That’s the key though, in boxing, it’s not about how tough you are or how hard you can hit. It’s a smart man’s game.”

Kev Hooper defeats Yordan Vasilev.

INTERNATIONAL Masters lightweight champion Kev Hooper returns to the ring next month at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Unbeaten Hooper, from Grimsby, captured the title with a shut-out points victory against Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev in his home town last month. He will face an as-yet unnamed opponent at the event on April 27. It’s likely Hooper (11-0) will compete in a six-round contest.

Wale, from Barnsley, will also be involved on a six-round contest as he aims to improve his 14-3 record.

Tickets are £35 or £55 ringside with table service.

More details on the show will be posted on Monday.