PROMOTER Josh Wale has taken the tough decision to call off his next Metrodome bill after two of his biggest ticket sellers picked up injuries.
Wale’s Outlaw Promotions had been due to return to the venue on November 24. But Wale’s younger brother, unbeaten lightweight, Dempsey has picked up a shoulder injury. An ongoing issue for Kerry Orton has also ruled her out of the show and two withdrawals from Stefy Bull’s Doncaster camp forced Wale’s hand.
He said: “It’s unfortunate.
“With Dempsey and Kerry out and then two of Stefy’s lads too, it was leaving me with just Paul Clewes and one other.
“I had no choice really.”
Clewes, an exciting light-heavyweight from Doncaster, has been under the Wale family stewardship from his amateur days.
He will still get a fight before Christmas with a date pencilled in for him in Wetherby on December 10.
“I have done my job as a manager for Paul and got him that fight on another bill.
“It’s all part and parcel of the sport.”
Brampton-based Wale, a former British champion, is enjoying the busy life as a boxing promoter and manager. He says his phone is going off practically all day and he is frequently heading up and down the country taking his journeymen fighters to weigh-ins and shows over weekends.
So far this calendar year his predominantly away fighters Martin Shaw, Paul Scaife and Dale Kellam have had 20 fights between them. Orton, the Wale’s first ever female pro fighter, has also taken three fights on the road in a bid to build up her experience.
Wale is also setting his sights further afield as a manager and hopes to bring in some foreign fighters to work under his management.
“With working with Scott Thorpe (CEO of The Money Group) we have a bit more scope to do things like that.
“There are some empty properties we have to put fighters up and it’s something I am looking at doing in the new year. You bring them over on six month visas.
“I will have to do some scouting around for the fighters because they have to be the right ones. They have to be tough because it’s not an easy life.
“It is something I have been interested in doing for some time and I have made enquiries about it.
“I am growing my contacts and experience all the time and enjoying how busy it is.”
Outlaw Promotions will be back at the Metrodome on February 10 with Dempsey, Clewes and Orton all pencilled in to feature at this stage.