Brampton boxer Josh Wale wants to bring a British title fight to Barnsley and win it.
The 30-year-old former British bantamweight champion will move up a division to super-bantamweight on the next Metrodome show on March 8.
Yesterday he was mandated by the British Boxing Board of Control to contest the currently-vacant title against Staffordshire’s unbeaten Brad Foster.
Purse bids are due by January 9 and Wale is hopeful the fight can be made for the next Metrodome bill as he bids to make yet more history.
Nobody from the town has ever won the British title at two different weights and nor has anyone won it in their hometown.
Wale headlined the last Metrodome bill in October but had to have a scaled-down fight after his original opponent was denied a permit to box in the UK and he then accepted a short-notice fight for the European belt in France.
Wale told the Chronicle: “I needed this fight because I have been a bit down. At this stage of my career, which I am very happy with, I need fights that excite me and nothing does that more than a major title fight in Barnsley. It would be a dream come true to win it in Barnsley.
“Bringing boxing back to the town was a massive thing for me and after it being a sellout there last time it’s something that we have to build on. My fanbase is big enough for the Metrodome and I have always wanted to achieve things in my hometown. It is just that the opportunities in my career have been in different places.”
Wale lost in France after a contentious decision denied him European glory against Georges Ory with the home fighter sneaking the win on a majority decision.
“I had to take that fight in France. I don’t like being known as the uncrowned European champion but anyone who has seen that fight back knows that I won it.
“I have proven that I belong at that level and the British title always seems to bring out the best in me. I would love to be Barnsley’s first ever two-weight British champion. I look at the British title and see it as my belt. It will be the sixth time in my career I’ve been in a British title fight.
“Boxing for a major belt in Barnsley has always been in the forefront of my mind.”
Wale’s training partner and fellow Barnsley man Andy Townend has been put forward by the board to challenge Lewis Ritson for Ritson’s British lightweight title.