Hartlepool boxer Martin Ward happy to dance his way to world title win over Darlington’s Stuart Hall

IN THE BLUE ... AND WHITE CORNER: Martin Ward. Picture by FRANK REID
IN THE BLUE ... AND WHITE CORNER: Martin Ward. Picture by FRANK REID

MARTIN Ward is not upset in the least if world champ Stuart Hall thinks he is nothing more than a “dancer”.

The Hartlepool star plans to out-move and out-box the Darlington fighter, who defends his IBF title in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Hall taunted his challenger in Monday’s SportMail, saying Ward thinks he’s turning up for Strictly Come Dancing.

However, the gifted 26-year-old Dave Garside and Neil Fannan bantamweight says he IS coming to the Metro Radio Arena to dance ... all around his rival.

“I think his style and mine will make it a great fight,” said Ward, who was unveiled to the Victoria Park crowd last night at half-time of Hartlepool United’s 4-2 defeat to Mansfield Town.

“Stu comes forward and is pretty powerful.

“My movement and boxing skills are what I do best

“I’d like think that his style is made for me.

“That is taking nothing away from Stu – he’s a good fighter and he carries a solid right hand which I’m going to have to be wary of.

“But I’ve known and watched him for a long time and we’ve sparred with each other on numerous occasion.

“His power will count for nothing if he doesn’t land.

“Stu struggles against movers.

“Ian Napa was ahead on every scorecard when he retired and he then lost to Jamie McDonnell and Lee Haskins, who are both mover-boxers.

“When he boxed Sergio Perales for the IBF inter-continental title I thought he’d beaten him but Stu got the decision and fair play to him. But Perales was a boxer-mover as well.

“People who can move and box do pretty well against him, hopefully I can do the same.”

Ward hopes to go one better than his friend and former Fannan and Garside team-mate, Michael Hunter, who failed in a bid for the IBF super-bantamweight belt back in 2006, Steve Molitor stopping him in five rounds.

“Michael fought the best in the business when he went in with Molitor,” Ward said. “I don’t think Stu is a Steve Molitor. “I rate my chances pretty well.”

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