DEMPSEY Wale took the first step towards getting his career back on course last Friday night.

The unbeaten Brampton fighter suffered a shoulder injury last year which has kept him out of action for 11 months.

He made his ring return at the Metrodome last week and outpointed Mexico’s Ramiro Garcia Lopez 40-36.

The 27-year-old now has 11 straight wins as a professional.

Dad and trainer Mick Wale said: “It was a steady four-rounder but one that he needed to get under his belt and against an experienced opponent.

“I saw some good things and I will want to see more when we step back up to six rounds and then to eight.

“The injury has set us back about three fights but we will soon be looking at an area title fight for him.

“Dempsey has no miles on the clock and is still fresh.

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“It is all still in front of him and we are positive about it.”

It was a solid return to form as Wale eased into the contest and led off with a solid jab.

Wale’s focus is now firmly on his next fight. It is due to be at the same venue on August 31. He added: “I am straight back into the gym because I know that in eight weeks I’ve got to make a statement.

“I just needed the win and to get back in the ring. I’ve done that and I can look forward again now.”

It’s hoped the show’s promoter, Dempsey’s elder brother Josh, will be able to unleash some of his new signings on that card.

That will be subject to medical and BBBofC approval.

He has recently snapped up Wombwell fighter Jake Jon Cleary on a managerial deal as well as Thurnscoe heavyweight James Morgan and Doncaster’s Tommy Sams.

Wale will also continue to guide the career of Jamymyleigh Pettinger who has come through the amateur system at their Brampton gym.

She will become Barnsley’s first female professional fighter and, at 18, will be the youngest in the UK.