UK News: Josh Wale, Kid Galahad, Fampton, IABA, More
London - In just over a week’s time the “Outlaw”, Barnsley’s Josh Wale will be stepping in to the ring at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield to challenge for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title.
“Outlaw’s” rival on Saturday May 12 will be defending champion Kid Galahad of Sheffield.
The 12 round title fight which is proudly presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Alma Ingle will be televised live on Channel 5 from 10:30pm.
“I only want to fight the good fighters and Kid’s a good fighter, that’s why I’m fighting him”
“It’s a good clash of styles so it should make excellent viewing but there’s only going to be one winner and that will be me.” explained Josh.
Wale who has been trained by his father since the age of 8 is leaving his options open once he has claimed the WBC International title. “I really want a British title and winning the WBC International title will help me in getting a shot plus it will also help with my world ranking.”
“The division is very strong with good fighters like Galahad, Munroe, Quigg and Frampton but no one really stands out, and I feel I’m more than able to compete with any of them.”
“But I will only be tempted to go back down to bantamweight for a British title shot, but I cannot see that happening, another fight that I want is the Willie Casey fight, he never beat me in Prizefighter and I would like the chance to show everybody who is the best.” Added Josh.
Tickets for the Pride of Yorkshire event at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre are priced at £35.00 and £100, and can be purchased from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 888 9991, HMV on 0843 221 0100 or from the Hennessy Sports Box office on 01925 755 222.
Tickets can also be purchased at the HMV stores located in Meadowhall, Sheffield and the HMV store in Rotherham.
Go on line www.hennessysports.com for more information about the May. 12 show.
Kid Galahad: Me vs. Frampton would be like Naz vs. Robinson.
London (May 3) The current WBC International Super Bantamweight champion Kid Galahad believes that a fight against commonwealth champion Carl Frampton would be a repeat of the Prince Naseem vs. Steve Robinson fight.
Kid explained “It is a very tough division, and although Quigg, Frampton and Munroe are good fighters they are all one dimensional. Munroe could surprise a few people against Quigg and I feel Frampton is the weakest of the three.
“But I would love that fight, me vs. Frampton would be like Naz v Robinson all over again but I will leave the route planning to my manager John Ingle and promoter Mick Hennessy, between them they guided Junior Witter to a World Title so I'm sure I can follow in his footsteps.”
But before the Hennessy Sports promoted fighter goes after that fight he must get past Barnsley’s Josh Wale at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday May 12 when he defends his WBC International title.
“I believe this will be a harder fight than the likes of Frampton, Josh is a tough kid and comes to fight, he is a pressure fighter so for the first half of the fight he is going to be dangerous and he can't be under estimated, but if he makes a mistake I will capitalise on it and make him pay.
“My intentions are to stop him possibly middle rounds, but if it does go the distance then so be it.” Added Kid.
When asked are you enjoying the attention you’re getting from fighting live on terrestrial TV Kid Galahad replied “I have always had good support and hopefully my style and personality appeals to the wider audience and hopefully I can build the terrestrial TV audience every time I step in the ring.
“I want to thank Mick Hennessy and Channel 5 for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”
Galahad vs. Wale which is proudly presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Alma Ingle will be televised live on Channel 5 from 10:30pm.
Tickets for the Pride of Yorkshire event at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre are priced at £35.00 and £100, and can be purchased from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402, Ticketmaster on 0844 888 9991, HMV on 0843 221 0100 or from the Hennessy Sports Box office on 01925 755 222
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
The Irish women's squad departed for China this morning (May 3rd) ahead of the opening bell for the 7th AIBA World Women's Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.
Flyweight Ceire Smith, lightweight Katie Taylor and middleweight Sinead Kavanagh will represent Ireland at the tournament which will also act as the first ever Olympic qualifying event for female boxers.
The 2012 AIBA World Women's Championships - which will also act as the only qualifier for female boxers for the London 2012 Olympics - will be contested across ten weight categories.
However, the 51kg (flyweight), 60kg (lightweight) and 75kg (middleweight) weight classes have a double significance as these are the three Olympic weight categories for women.
Taylor, who boxes out of the Bray BC in Co. Wicklow, will be targeting her 4th World title in-a-row in Qinhuangdao, and her second - she claimed gold at the 2008 AIBA World Women's Championships in China - World title on-the-trot in China.
Taylor, and Smith, who boxes out of the Cavan BC, and Kavanagh (Drimnagh BC, Dublin), represented Ireland at the 2010 AIBA World Women's Championships in Barbados.
Smith and Kavanagh bowed out at the preliminary round and last-16 stage in Barbados, while Taylor went all the way and secured her third World title in the Caribbean.
Taylor, who is also the current European lightweight champion, will be seeded number one in the 60kg class in Qinhuangdao.
The AIBA Seeding Commission will review all rankings and approve the seeding immediately after the general weigh-in and before the official draw on May 11. Boxing begins on May 12.
Taylor's Bray BC team-mate Adam Nolan, Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes have already qualified for the London 2012 Games.
286 male and female boxers will compete at the 30th Olympiad across ten weight categories for men and three weight categories for women.
"Katie, Ceire and Sinead have prepared well and are eagerly looking forward to competing at the AIBA World Women's Championships. Hopefully, we can get another few boxers over the line for the London Olympics. That's what it's all about, said Tommy Murphy, the President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.
"This will be an historic World Championships as it is the first ever Olympic qualifier for women's boxing. It will obviously be very competitive, but Katie has consistently proven what she can do at this level and Ceire and Sinead have the experience of competing at this level.
"Women's boxing is continuing to grow in popularity in Ireland. We are currently running the National Girls Championships at the National Stadium and almost 200 young boxers entered.
"Some of the finals of these Championships were held last weekend and we have another session of finals to be decided this weekend. The qualify of boxing and the sheer enthusiasm of our young boxers at this tournament augurs well for the future of the sport in this country.
"These young boxers see what Katie Taylor and the women's senior squad are achieving in international competition and hopefully we will have more success at these World Championships and Olympic qualifiers and the popularity of women's boxing in Ireland will continue to grow."
The 2012 World Women's Championships, the 7th edition since the first AIBA World Women's Championships in USA in 2001, brings the curtain down on the qualification process for the London 2012 Olympics.
The final Men's African qualifiers conclude in Casablanca, Morocco on Sunday and the final Men's American qualifiers are slated to be contested between May 4th and 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Female boxing will make its historic debut at the London 2012 Olympics over 100 years after male boxing became an Olympic sport at the 1904 Games in St Louis, USA.
Please see above attachment for tournament details for the 2012 AIBA World Women's Championships.
7th AIBA World Women's Championships and Olympic qualifiers, Qinhuangdao, China May 9th/20th
51kg (Flyweight) Ceire Smith (Cavan)
60kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor (Bray)
75kg (Middleweight) Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)
Team manager: Anna Moore
Coaches: Peter Taylor and Zuar Antia
Physio: Mary Louis Ryan