Brad Foster shocks Josh Wale to claim vacant British title
There was a shock in Barnsley where Brad Foster handed hard Yorkshire veteran Josh Wale a boxing lesson to win the vacant British super-bantamweight championship at the age of just 21.
Unknown outside the gyms and small-hall circuit, Foster rose to the challenge superbly to upset the pre-fight odds with a unanimous points win.
Scores were 119-111, 117-111 and 117-112.
There was so much to like about Foster’s performance as for round after round, he out manoeuvred the more seasoned Wale, walking him into traps.
Time and again, Wale thought he had Foster where he wanted him – and then he wasn’t there and it was Foster landing clean punches.
During the eighth, Wale shrugged his shoulders in a “What can I do ?” gesture after Foster had made him miss and countered once again.
Foster is from Lichfield, a city that hadn’t produced a professional boxer for a decade before he turned pro just after his 18th birthday following a lengthy kickboxing career, and around 150 fans cheered him on to victory.
He beamed afterwards: “I’ve achieved something for all the years I’ve put in at the gym. I’ve had a lot of hard, gruelling days and now I’ve made a bit of history.
“I didn’t think I would get this far this quickly and it’s a huge confidence boost to be British champion. I’ve gone to Barnsley and beaten a good, veteran fighter and now I’m starting to think: ‘Maybe I am good at this.’”