Josh Wale has been handed good news after bad news this week and he is set to make yet more history.
The Brampton bantamweight, 30, will become the first ever Barnsley-born and bred boxer to contest the European title when he travels to Vesoul, France, on October 26, to fight Georges Ory for the vacant belt.
Wale had been due to box for the IBF inter-continental title at the Metrodome on October 5 but scheduled opponent Toto Helebhe, from South Africa, was denied a working VISA for the UK. Wale will still box at the Metrodome, against an unknown opponent.
Promoter Stefy Bull said: “We will be flying out to France to make history. We got the phonecall soon after hearing the bad news about Toto. I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s a huge opportunity.”