Brad Foster backed to shock Josh Wale on March 8 in Barnsley

RINGSIDE 26/02/2019

Brad ‘The Blade’ Foster will have world champions cheering him on when he aims to become the youngest British champion of recent years next month.

At the age of just 21 years, four months and 17 days, Foster fights Josh Wale for the super-bantamweight belt in Barnsley on Friday, March 8.

From a kickboxing background, Foster will be having only his 11th boxing match.

He’s learned his trade sparring world champions Kal Yafai and Josh Warrington and both could be there in Barnsley when he battles Wale.

Sean O’Hagan, Warrington’s father and coach, will definitely be there.

He is one of Foster’s biggest fans.

Warrington sparred Foster in the build up to his IBF featherweight title defence against Carl Frampton in December and O’Hagan said: “Brad can win this fight.

“His movement is good, he’s game and he listens.

“Brad is big for 8st 10lbs and if he makes the weight well and performs the way he did when he sparred Josh and Reece (Mould), it’s a winnable fight.

“Even if he doesn’t win, Brad is young enough to come again.

“I would definitely love to work with Brad in the future. I don’t take fighters on if I don’t think they are going anywhere and I would happily get involved with Brad.

“He’s the sort of fighter who does things that make you stop and think: ‘What was that ?’

“Brad is good.

“He really does have potential – and he’s a nice lad.

“I think Brad has a really good chance and I hope he comes through.”