Brad Foster has been backed to upset the odds and be crowned British super-bantamweight champion.
The 21 year old from Lichfield meets Josh Wale for the vacant belt in Barnsley on Friday, March 8 – and goes into the fight knowing he is up against it, being the away fighter against a more seasoned opponent.
He will be having only his 11th boxing match against a seasoned opponent who previously held the British bantamweight title.
Gamal Yafai is well placed to pick a winner having shared a ring a ring with both – and he goes for Foster.
“I definitely favour Brad,” said Yafai, who outpointed Wale in a Commonwealth-title defence around 18 months ago and spars Foster regularly.
“He first came to the gym around two years ago and he’s improved so much since then.
“He won’t get better sparring than he gets with me and (WBA super-flyweight champion) Kal (Yafai) and I think he’s fitter and fresher than Josh.
“Josh has too many miles on the clock.
“Josh is on the slide and I don’t think he’s a super bantamweight either.
“The jump from bantamweight to super bantamweight is a big one and if you look at Josh’s record, you will see that every time he has a big fight at super bantamweight, he loses.
“I don’t think Josh is big enough and strong enough to fight at super bantamweight – and I think Brad will be too much for him.”
Trainer Max McCracken has watched Foster’s sparring sessions with the Yafai brothers and he also predicts a shock in Barnsley.
“What Brad has done is unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve never heard of anyone getting so far so quickly without any amateur fights.
“He’s done a lot of rounds with Kal and Gamal and that’s really brought him on.
“He’s learned a lot.
“I’ve watched Brad improve so much over the last two or three years.
“He’s always been game and strength wise, he has really come on.
“He’s hitting harder and goes through the gears well.
“I think Brad will win. I just think he’s the fresher of the two fighters and beating an experienced fighter like Josh Wale at 21 is some statement.”