BARNSLEY boxer Josh Wale is on the verge of making British boxing history after his next fight was announced.

Brampton lad Wale, 29, is the reigning British bantamweight champion, and has made two successful defences of his crown so far.

He became just the fourth Barnsley man in history to win the title last July against Jamie Wilson, before spectacularly defending it against Don Broadhurst the following September with a showreel knockout, then again versus Bobby Jenkinson at the start of February this year when Wale recorded a viscious stoppage win.

It means that if Josh wins his next fight - against the unbeaten Scotsman Ukashir Farooq on April 13 - he will have defended his British title three times meaning he can keep the belt outright, a notoriously difficult feat to achieve and something no Barnsley fighter has done before.

But an even bigger accolade is up for grabs because if Josh is victorious, he will have won the belt outright quicker than any boxer in modern history.

Since the British Boxing Board of Control changed the rules meaning you needed three defences rather than two to win the belt for keeps, fewer boxers have managed to achieve the feat.

The record is currently held by former Wale opponent Stuart Hall, who won the belt in 309 days, but 'Outlaw' would beat that record by 22 days should he successfully come through Farooq.

And his promoter Stefy Bull says European and world honours await Josh should he win on April 13 at Doncaster Dome.