STUART Hall plans to “do a job” on Martin Ward when the North-East rivals fight it out to decide who is the champion of he world.
Hall is making the maiden defence of his IBF bantamweight title at the Metro Radio Arena tomorrow night.
The 34-year-old says that Ward is not in his league ahead of the first big Darlington v Hartlepool clash since Pools won 3-0 against the Quakers in the 2006 promotion season.
Hall insists he is not taking the win for granted but his confidence is supreme ahead of the 12-round derby.
“I am not under estimating him,” Hall told SportMail.
“Some people might be, but I am not.
“I just cant wait to do a job on him and prove he is not in my league.”
Despite coming into a period of his career when the majority of boxers will have retired, the Michael Marsden-trained puncher says he is actually getting better with age.
The former Commonwealth champion came through a titanic 12-rounder with South African fighter Vusia Malinga to lift the vacant title in Leeds back in December.
“When I look back on the Malinga fight I did not expect to put him down in the third,” said the defending champ.
“I was saying to myself ‘stay down’.
“But I’m glad he didnt stay down even though I ended up being sore for three weeks,
“I am glad I finished with a shut eye because I gained a lot of respect that night.
“To get through a fight like that you have to be world class,
“I am world class. Has Martin Ward got that? We will see on the night.”
Hall says that win over the veteran African proved he had the punch-power and staying-power.
And he not only questioned Ward’s record he also doubted the challenger’s chin.
Both rivals have lost only twice in their careers – Hall on points in British championship challenges against Lee Haskins and Jamie McDonnell, while Ward’s two defeats have been bu stoppage.
The Neil Fannan and Dave Garside boxer was knocked out by the significantly heavier Londoner Mickey Coveney and was stopped by Haskins in a battle for the vacant British title last April in Bristol.
“It was a great performance I put in against Malinga and I will do the same again,” said Hall.
“I have so much will to win.
“Martin thinks he has a big chance but my will to win will overcokme his will to win. I am proven fighter, he is not a proven fighter yet.
“I’m not under-estimating Martin, but I know I am going to beat him. I will do whatever it takes to beat him.
“Only his friends think he has a chance.
“On paper you look at his record, who he has fought? Who has he been beaten by?
“He has been chinned twice. I haven’t been close to being chinned.
“I have too much of a hard chin. If he has a suspect chin then he is going to be in big trouble.”