Martin Ward will have home advantage when he challenges for the British super-bantamweight championship.
Promoter Phil Jeffries and associate Neil Fannan have won the purse bids for the fight against Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens.
He is a class act and I believe he’s in his prime so we’re looking forward to this chanceNEIL FANNAN
Jeffries will stage the event at Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton on Friday, November 20.
The 27-year-old, who fights out of Fannan’s Hartlepool gym, has been a British and World title challenger and Commonwealth champ at bantamweight level but this will be his first title shot at super-bantam.
And Jeffries is thrilled to have the confrontation in the North-East rather than Dickens’ native Merseyside.
“I’m over the moon,” said Jeffries. “Martin has had no luck this year with lads pulling out of English title bouts.
“Justice was done when the British Boxing Board of Control made him the mandatory challenger for Jazza Dickens’ title.
“I said then I’d do my level best to bring the contest to the North-East and I was very happy when the Board contacted me to say our purse bid won it.”
It looks a great match-up between two top operators.
Dave Garside-managed Ward boasts 21 wins and a draw from his 24 bouts while Dickens, 24, has won 20 and lost just once.
The 24-year-old Scouser boasts the better stoppage ratio with six wins inside the distance compared to four by the classy County Durham southpaw.
Fannan, who coaches both Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, believes the eldest sibling is in his “prime”.
“Martin has boxed for three main titles at bantam, the British, Commonwealth and World and he’s only lost one,” said the trainer.
“He is a class act and I believe he’s in his prime so we’re looking forward to this chance.”