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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.


A FRUSTRATED Scott Quigg has admitted that the desperate disappointment of his technical draw with Rendall Munroe left him feeling “like I had lost.”

The clash of Britain’s top two super-bantamweights was built up as one of the potential domestic fights of the year.

But following two stanzas which built up huge intrigue for the remainder of the bout, a clash of heads in the third left the Leicester fighter with an ugly gash – forcing the contest to be halted.

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.”

THERE can be few boxers less fazed by the whirlwind of hype generated by Chris Eubank Junior, than Armthorpe’s Jason Ball.

The two meet at Rotherham’s Magna Centre tomorrow, on a card headlined by the emerging super bantamweight Kid Galahad and veteran Jason Booth.

The show is being broadcast on Channel Five where a national television audience are likely to recognise one name – Eubank – above all others, despite the Brighton middleweight’s career of just a solitary fight.

But while Eubank Junior has bagged a television spot based largely on the legacy of his father – his sole  bout is flimsy evidence on which to make a prediction for his prospects in the ring – Ball is not letting the occasion affect his preparations.

There’s a reason the former mixed martial arts fighter’s moniker is “Daddy Cool” – almost nothing seems to throw him off course.

“ Let’s face it, Eubank is not his dad, is he?” said Ball (5-5).

“And I’m fighting him, not the crowd. I have had high-profile fights before in MMA, I fought Andre  Berto’s brother (James Edson Berto, Ball defeated him twice).

“I’m not going to worry myself with how he boxes. I’m feeling good, I’m confident and I’ve been training hard.

“There is no expectation on me and Eubank is going to need to perform. He’s the one bringing all the hype.

“I’m not intimidated when I am in a boxing ring because I remember back to my MMA days.  I was in with some guys who were a lot bigger then me, and who bashed me up in a bad way.

“I go in with the mindset now that someone isn’t going to throw me around.”

Ball says he’s made great strides training at Stefy Bull’s Mexborough gym, while also maintaining his MMA training at the Matrix gym in Doncaster.

But the 28-year-old would make the full-time switch to boxing should he topple Eubank Jr.

“ I’m keeping my options open at the moment, but if I win this one I will really concentrate on the boxing,” said Ball, who in his last outing claimed the vacant central area light middleweight title by defeating Liverpool’s Steve Harkin

“My first goal is to win a British title, then moving on and going up through the ranks, hopefully winning. Carl has helped, he’s got me fights when I needed them.

“But I’m really ignorant to what’s happening in the boxing world. I don’t even keep up with what’s happening in MMA, to be honest with you.

“I just train and fight – that’s me.”