Wale: McDonnell is in unknown territory

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Josh Wale insists Gavin McDonnell has never fought anyone like him.

D-Day for the pair will finally arrive this weekend when they meet at the Dome in Doncaster in a British super bantamweight title final eliminator.

And Brampton ace Wale is confident his power will bring a whole new headache for rising star McDonnell.

“I’ve no doubt in my mind that I’m different from anyone Gavin has been in the ring with before,” Wale told the Times.

“He’s fought some decent kids like Paul Economides but none of them have my power.

“I’ve knocked out eight kids in 15 fights and I’ve gone the distance with some top fighters.

“When I hit, you stay hit and that’s going to be a problem for Gavin.”

Wale made a splash following his pro debut with an all action style that saw opponent after opponent blitzed.

But as he prepares to enter the eighth year of his professional career, Wale says he is a more rounded fighter who will box when required.

He said: “I’ve always had that ability to box. I fought for England and won British titles as an amateur and they don’t hand things like that to you if you can’t box.

“I think the night I was in Prizefighter summed up what I’m all about.

“I demolished Esham Pickering but then I boxed Willie Casey’s head off in the semi finals and I still can’t believe I didn’t get that decision.

“You never really know how a fight is going to go until you’re in there and it can change for round to round.

“If I need to box I will, but I’ll always be ready to step it up and pile on the pressure.

“I don’t know where this fight is going to be won, but all I know is that I’m going to be the winner.

“I’m fully confident of that.”