Wards united for big boxing show

BACK IN BUSINESS: Martin Ward
BACK IN BUSINESS: Martin Ward

MARTIN Ward will join little brother Tommy on the big North-East fight show at the end of this month.

The Hartlepool boxer had told SportMail a fortnight ago that he planned to make his first appearance since his world title heartache by fighting at Gateshead on Saturday, November 29.

It meant that the Ward brothers were split up for the first time as professionals with Tommy lined up to box on the Phil Jeffries-promoted event at Houghton-le-Spring the following day.

But Jeffries has announced that Martin will in fact join the impressive castlist at the Rainton Meadows Arena for a Sunday afternoon spectacular.

The elder Ward has been out of the ring since March, when a badly-cut eye ended his challenge for Stuart Hall’s IBF banatamweight belt at the Metro Radio Arena.

Since then, the Dave Garside and Neil Fannan talent has abdicated as Commonwealth champion to move up to super-bantam while younger brother Tommy has clocked up to 10 straight wins.

“I’m delighted to have Martin on the bill,” Jeffries told SportMail.

“He’s not boxed since he fought Stuey Hall for the world title in March and he’s excited to be returning on this show.

“Martin is now going to be campaigning at super-bantam and he’ll have a meaningful fight at Rainton Meadows, probably over eight rounds.

“It was already a bit of a feast of boxing and a double helping of the Wards makes it even better.”

Jeffries will headline the show with three of his powerhouse Sunderland stable of Glenn Foot, Kirk Goodings and Johnson McClumpha.

Peterlee-trained Foot is having a six-round contest as a build up to an English welterweight title challenge against Ahmet Patterson.

Jeffries hopes to win the purse bids for the Foot v Patterson showdown which looks set for the new year.

The Turkish-born East Dulwich fighter, known as “Punch Picker” has, like Foot, won all 13 of his contests.

Also in action at the Houghton venue will be former Olympian Thomas Essomba, Castle Eden-based Lynden Watt, Neil Hepper, Mohammed Waqas, Simon Vallily and James Barnes

For tickets call Neil on 07891101399.