In his 44th fight, Josh Wale picked up win 31, and notched up his 15th KO, after stopping Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba in his home town of Barnsley on February 21.
‘The Outlaw’, headlining at the Metrodome, had far too much in his locker for his African opponent, who entered the fight with a 12-2-2 (7) ledger.
Up at featherweight since July last year, ‘The Outlaw’ is looking a fresh fighter, with four solid wins under his belt, and southpaw Kayumba had no answers to the Yorkshireman’s power after being counted out in round three.
Wale now looks forward to another homecoming show at the Metrodome, planned for June, where he is hoping promoter Dennis Hobson can move him into world title contention.
“I had a good start,” explained, Josh, 31. “He was slippery, but I hit him and hurt him early and he was holding a lot. My power was too much for him, as soon as I hit him he went into his shell. After that I just picked him apart, nice and disciplined. I knocked him down with a left hook to the body in the second, and finished him with a right hook to the body and a right hand to the head. He couldn’t handle the power, and had enough. This was a 10-round international contest; I couldn’t be complacent and had to show a mature performance.
“I’ll now sit down with Dennis and discuss where we go next. I’m performing really well at featherweight and I want a big shot. Dennis has proved time and time again what he can do. I can’t think of any other promoter who does what he does, he doesn’t get enough recognition; he’s unbelievable at his job. He made Clinton Woods, Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall world champions, and worked with Ricky Hatton and David Haye when they were a bit more established. But he’s got a record of taking kids from nowhere to world titles.”
Also on the bill there were wins for local fighters Kash Ali, Perry Howe, Keanen Wainwright and Sufyaan Ahmed. Germany’s Cheyenne Hanson lost in her first fight in the UK.
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