WALE RE­WARD

French trip for bat­tling York­shire­man

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BARNS­LEY bat­tler Josh Wale gets due re­ward for his fine form (seven straight wins) in the shape of a va­cant Euro­pean ban­tamweight ti­tle shot at the Gym­nase Las­salle (Euro­prom) in Ve­soul, France to­mor­row (Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26). Stand­ing in the op­po­site corner will be south­paw Ge­orges Ory, whose mod­est 9-2-1 (1) record sug­gests that the much more ex­pe­ri­enced Wale, 27-9-2 (13), has ev­ery chance of win­ning. Ory does hold the EBU’S sec­ondary EU belt, won by beat­ing Razmik Grig­o­ryan in March, and had be­come French cham­pion be­fore that by over­com­ing previous con­queror Jeremy Beccu. But Wale has boxed nine 12-rounders to Ory’s one – and can use his ring savvy to earn vic­tory on points.

Mean­while, one of the men Wale has beaten, Bris­tol’s Ash­ley Lane, de­fends his Com­mon­wealth su­per-ban­tamweight ti­tle against Rob­bie Tur­ley at the New­port Cen­tre (Sani­gar Events) on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 27), live on S4C. Northamp­ton-born Lane is only 12-8-2 (1) but has won his last five. Cefn Ffor­est’s Tur­ley, 18-6 (4), is a for­mer un­beaten holder of this ti­tle, but hasn’t boxed in 18 months. Lane can re­tain on points.

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/CARL RECINE

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