Martin Ward says there is “no such thing as an easy fight” after being handed his opponent for Saturday’s British title warm-up contest.
Ward will challenge Jazza Dickens when the Scouser makes the maiden defence of his super-bantamweight belt at Houghton in November.
But first he must deal with Arnoldo Solano in a six-rounder at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston this Saturday.
The Neil Fannan and Dave Garside boxer needs a warm-up for the 12-round Hartlepool v Liverpool confrontation, especially given his planned appearance on the Summer Rumble in July fell through.
Solano is no dummy, the 24-year-old boasting a winning record of 14 successes against 12 defeats.
Ward is not taking the Nicaraguan, now based in Barcelona, for granted.
While he has not boxed since May, the talented southpaw has worked hard in Fannan’s Brierton gym and is ready for Solano.
“There is no such thing as an easy fight,” said the 27-year-old.
“How many times have fellas gone into a so-called warm-up and get beaten when there was a title fight coming up?
“Even after the fight at the Summer Rumble didn’t happen, I’ve not really had any time off.
“I’ve knuckled down, been working hard with Fanno and doing what he’s told me to do.
“I’ve sparred with [Northern Area champion] John Green and Samir Mouneimne, who is fighting for the British featherweight title a week on Saturday.
“I’ve done well in sparring and I’m ready for a tough fight.”
Martin’s clash with Solano is part of a Ward double bill at the Phil Jeffries-promoted show at the Gateshead venue this Saturday.
Younger brother, Tommy, is also looking for glory at super-bantamweight level.
The undefeated 21-year-old, closing in on a tilt at English title tilt, will have his first 10-round bout to ready himself for the championship distance.
Tommy will face African super-bantam king Nasibu Ramadhani, from Tanzania.
His elder sibling says he has been impressed with his development and has been keeping him on his toes.
“My little brother looks up to me but he’s my idol too,” said the former Commonwealth bantam king.
“If Tommy doesn’t win a title then something’s gone wrong.
“He’s that good and I’m confident he’ll do it.
“It’s good competition between us, he drives me on. He’s got his man-strength now and when we’re running, he’s starting to beat me now which I don’t like.
“It’s great to fight alongside him.”
The duo are part of a bumper 10-fight bill topped by the Sunderland derby between Glenn Foot and Kirk Goodings.
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