Josh ‘The Outlaw’ Wale gets the chance to become a three-weight champion on November 29, live on Freesports (Freeview 64; Sky 422; Virgin 553; Freesat 252; TalkTalk 64; BT 64).
Turning pro in 2006, the 31-year-old has previously claimed the Central Area Super Bantamweight belt, as well as the British Bantamweight Title, and now gets the chance to win the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Featherweight crown at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena.
The Barnsley favourite, 29-11-2 (14), will take on Ghana’s Felix Williams, in a co-headline spot alongside local man, Tommy Frank.
Josh’s African opponent, on paper, looks a real handful. Williams has lost just once in 28 fights, KO’ing 20 of his opponents and, although the Accra-based fighter has never fought outside of his home country, he will come to the UK knowing a win over Wale could be career-changing.
In 42 outings, Wale has earned a reputation as a man who is never in a dull fight. The genial Yorkshireman says he feels great fighting up at the 9st limit, and is predicting another exciting dust-up when he meets Williams.
In the co-headline feature, Sheffield’s Tommy Frank will take on Mexico’s Martin Tecuapetla for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Inter-Continental Flyweight Title.
“I’m over the moon to be fighting for the IBO belt; it’s a good title, and a good belt to win at featherweight,” said Josh. “We’re moving in the right direction. I’ve had two good performances at 9 stone, and want to keep progressing. I’ve won Central Area, English and British Titles, and I’ve earned the right to now go onto the international route and see how far I can go.
“He’s a good opponent, with a good record, but the way I’m performing at the moment if I bring my best then I’ll do a job on him. It’s definitely going to be a good fight. Throughout my career, I’ve always been known as a fan-friendly fighter, and I’m glad to have that reputation. If someone’s paying good money to watch then they want to see a fight, not two people running around the ring trying to score points. I’ve had a big fan base for a long time because they know with me they’re going to get a fight.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions, in association with JJ Crump, present an evening of boxing at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on November 29. Topping the bill will be Sheffield’s Tommy Frank and Barnsley’s Josh Wale.
Appearing on the undercard will be Rotherham’s Kash Ali, and Sheffield’s Nicolie Campbell, Sufyaan Ahmed, Perry Howe and Kane Salvin.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.
The show will be televised live on Freesports (Freeview 64; Sky 422; Virgin 553; Freesat 252; TalkTalk 64; BT 64).