Josh Wale is hoping his dream of fighting for a world title will be realised this year, as he prepares for his 44th fight on February 21.
The 31-year-old takes on Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba in his home town of Barnsley, at the Metrodome, and will be hoping to pick up win number 31 in front of a packed house full of his loyal following.
Since moving up to featherweight last year, ‘The Outlaw’ has been a rejuvenated fighter, winning three bouts on the spin, including picking up the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Title in his last fight, in November.
The former British Bantamweight Champion has already competed for many of the sport’s major honours, including a contentious losing European Title bid away from home in France, in 2018. Now, in the final chapter of his career, the personable Yorkshireman is hoping that promoter Dennis Hobson – who has previously delivered world title opportunities for the likes of Clinton Woods, Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall – can use his experience and contacts to get him a shot at fighting for boxing’s ultimate prize.
To keep that dream alive, Wale has to make sure there is no complacency against the unheralded Kaymumba. The African southpaw has lost just twice in 16 bouts, with seven of his wins coming by KO. But he has only fought outside Tanzania once previously, losing in five rounds to Britain’s Prince Patel for the African Boxing Union Bantamweight Title in Cairo, last August.
“Ultimately I want to box for a world title,” said Wale. “I’ve won English and British, and I’ve boxed for the Commonwealth, European and other international titles, so there’s only a world title left for me to compete for. That’s what we want.
“I want to get a good win on February 21, and then some kind of world title eliminator for June. Barnsley Football Club are massive supporters of me, and Dennis knows a lot of the board, and they’d like it on the pitch. Dennis has got experience of organising something like that, because he did it with Jamie McDonnell in Doncaster. Dennis is big on it, and wants me to keep winning so he can put on a night like Barnsley has never seen before.
“I’d possibly be looking at the IBO Featherweight Title, but if an opportunity at any of the other titles came up, I wouldn’t turn it down, I’d take any of them.”
Josh Wale: I’m flying the flag for Barnsley
Josh Wale has praised the Barnsley public as he prepares for a bill-topping, homecoming show at the town’s Metrodome on February 21, where he will face Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba.
‘The Outlaw’, who will be having his 44th pro fight, hasn’t fought at home for almost a year and on that occasion he lost a British Super Bantamweight Title fight to Midlander Brad Foster. This time around the 31-year-old is hoping that a win against his African opponent could pave the way for a world title eliminator bout, with another Metrodome show already being lined up in June for the fan favourite.
The former British Bantamweight Champion, 30-11-2 (14), seemingly has a new lease of life since moving up to the featherweight division. The amiable Yorkshireman has had three bouts up at nine stone, culminating in three wins and one title, winning the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Title in his last fight, in November.
Heading into the bout, Josh knows he cannot afford to overlook unacclaimed Kayumba. The southpaw has lost just twice in 16 bouts, with seven of his wins coming by KO. But the African has only fought outside his home country once previously, losing in five rounds to Britain’s Prince Patel for the African Boxing Union Bantamweight Title in Cairo, last August.
“I’m Barnsley’s premier boxer, and have been for a while,” said Josh. “I’ve been British champion and defended it, and I’ve had six British Title fights, which is double what any other Barnsley fighter has had.
“I’m really proud of where I’ve come from. I’m flying the flag for Barnsley boxing, and I have done for many years. After the next couple of years, I’ll have to hand the mantle over, but at the minute I’m still the top boy and the Barnsley people come out for me.
“I’ve always had fantastic support throughout my career, it’s been brilliant, and this will be another great night for Barnsley boxing on February 21st.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents an evening of boxing on February 21st at the Barnsley Metrodome. Headlining will be Barnsley’s Josh Wale against Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba.
Appearing on the undercard will be Rotherham’s Kash Ali; Sheffield’s Sufyaan Ahmed, Keanen Wainwright and Perry Howe, and Germany’s Cheyenne Hanson.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.