JOSH Wale wants to be a champion before his dad and lifelong trainer Mick becomes paralysed.
Mick suffers from ‘multi-fatal ependymoma’, an aggressive spine disease that prevents him from training Josh like he used to.
Mick has a morphine pump in his stomach and walks with the aid of a walking stick. He’s had five operations and radiotherapy.
Doctors say Mick will be in a wheelchair in 10 years.
When Josh, aged 24, from Brampton, enters the ring against Sheffield’s Kid Galahad on Saturday at Hillsborough Leisure Centre there’s one person he wants to win for most.
He said: “My dad gets morphine pumped around his body 24 hours a day and must be in real pain sometimes, but he never complains
“He can’t do anything physical now but he writes down my schedules, comes up with tactics and still coaches me.
“The tumours wrap around his spine and attempt to make him paralysed. It is a life-threatening disease and doctors told us he’ll end up in a wheelchair. Dad struggles and is only involved in boxing because of me. When he was poorly I had a year or 18 months out because he’s my best mate as well as my trainer and my dad.
“I’m going to beat Galahad and I’m going to do it for him. For me to win this belt would make him the happiest man in the world. I’m more fired up for this fight than any other.”