MARTIN Ward is ready to challenge for the top domestic boxing honours.
That was the message today from one of the sport’s leading promoters, Frank Maloney, after he watched the Hartlepool-trained star beat one of his own fighters.
Maloney was at ringside yesterday to watch Ward outpoint Londoner Ian Napa over 10 rounds at the Stadium of Light.
Lennox Lewis’s former manager has the country’s best two bantamweights in his stable – Doncaster’s European and Commonwealth holder Jamie McDonnell and British champ Stuart Hall, from Darlington.
The duo will put the three belts they own on the line in September in a unification showdown in Doncaster and there is talk of Ward featuring in a subsequent British title shot at the end of this year.
Ward, managed by Dave Garside and trained by Neil Fannan, proved his worth with yesterday’s dazzling display at the Summer Rumble at Sunderland’s football stadium.
“There’s every chance that Martin will be boxing for a title,” said Maloney, who is planning a show in the region in the autumn.
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