Cream of the Crop Hartlepool boxing star Tommy Ward to stay patient

BOXER AND TRAINER: Tommy Ward in training with coach Neil Fannan

BOXER AND TRAINER: Tommy Ward in training with coach Neil Fannan

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UNBEATEN boxing prospect Tommy Ward will follow Neil Fannan’s orders to the letter as he sets his sights on the top.

The talented Hartlepool fighter, with 10 straight wins since turning pro, is in a hurry to get himself in the title mix.

Ward will seek victory number 11 on Sunday when he faces Swindon’s Joe Beedon at Houghton over six rounds.

The 20-year-old – and his management team of Fannan and boss Dave Garside – had wanted a “test” but difficulty in finding a suitable opponent has led them to employing the 21-year-old.

But Ward will remain patient and listen to the men guiding his career. “I’ve been saying ‘I want a title fight’ but there’s more to it than that,” said the younger brother of Martin.

“It’s about getting them at the right time, against the right people.

“Neil knows when to put me in, so if he says next year it’ll be next year.

“I’m looking forward to the day that comes.”

Tommy currently feels on top of the world – having worked as a sparring partner for WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg.

Clearly, Ward did a brilliant job, Bury boxer Quigg defended his belt for the fifth time with a wide points win over Hidenori Othake at the Echo Arena in Liverpool last weekend.

“Sparring went great, who better to learn from than a world champion?” said the featherweight.

“Scott was preparing for his fight so he was really sharp. I really enjoyed it.

“It makes you think where you really are, if you are performing well against a lad who had defended his world title four times, now five, and who has great physical strength

“It was a really good spar.”