VIDEO: Ward will have to ‘box his best’

Boxers pose for a photograph outside the Borough Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

Boxers pose for a photograph outside the Borough Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

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Martin Ward outlined his desire to take home the English bantamweight title at Sunday’s Borough Hall, which is headlined by his contest with Jason Booth.

The talented fighter from County Durham will go head to head with the experienced Booth in a long awaited title encounter that has previously avoided the ambitious Ward and his Hartlepool trainer Neil Fannan.

Ward, 24, declared he would have to “box the best I have boxed” to beat Booth and knows how difficult it will be to defeat the former European title contender.

Gym-mate Gary Fox, from Fishburn, will also be going the 10 round distance against Darlington rival Neil Hepper, who he defeated just seven months ago at the same venue.

Fox took the decision in what promoter Phil Jeffries called “the best fight I have put on” by just a single point over the six rounds - but this time the distance is 10 rounds and will be “one to remember”, according to Fox.

New International Masters champion Peter Cope will also be on show and the Hartlepool fighter is “happy to be home” when he comes back to entertain his Barmy Army.

Callum Winton and Greg O’Neil, who train out of Gus Robinson’s Developments in Hartlepool along with Cope, are also on the bill trying to gain experience in the boxing world.