TOMMY Ward wants to “fight the best” as he continues his journey towards a major title shot, writes DANEIL PRINCE.
The Hartlepool boxer won his ninth straight professional fight on Saturday, beating Antonio Horvatic on points in Doncaster.
The 20-year-old will be in action again on October 12 as the main support to Anthony Nelson’s English title fight in South Shields.
Ward, who is trained by Neil Fannan and managed by Dave Garside, is certainly busy, and says he is ready to take on anyone who is thrown his way.
He said: “Boxing is what I do – it’s my job – so the more fights, the better.
“I boxed last week, and it’s about getting out there, having more fights, taking it step-by-step and following Neil’s instructions.
“Whoever he gets, I want to fight – I want to fight the best.”
Fannan has spoken of the need for Ward to take on a rival who can truly test him, although he insists time is on the youngster’s side.
Ward’s busy schedule ensures his experience is growing rapidly, and his trainer already has his eyes set on an English title shot.
Fannan said: “He’s ready to step up – he’s been ready to step up for a while.
“We keep progressing at the right rate, but he’s only 20.
“Next year, we want to fight for the English title, and this fight will take him into double figures.
“He’s ready to fight for titles now.”
The Winner Takes All show is being promoted by Steve Wraith, and will take place at Temple Park Centre, in South Shields.
Home favourite Nelson will take on Terry Broadbent for the vacant English super flyweight title, but Ward’s presence on the bill is also sure to attract the fans.
He has been part of a number of Wraith’s shows since he started promoting professional events, and the promoter has praised the Hartlepool lad.
Wraith said: “It has been a pleasure watching Tommy come through.
“He has been fantastic to watch, and I’ve been lucky enough to have him on the majority of my shows thanks to Neil and Dave Garside.
“It has been great to watch him mature as a fighter and come on in leaps and bounds.”
Ward is set to be joined on the bill in South Shields by brothers Peter and Daniel Cope, both from Hartlepool.
Peter will be taking part in his first bout since losing his challenge for the English title to Mitchell Smith in July.
Daniel, meanwhile, won his first professional fight by beating JP McGuiness in July
Horden’s Anth Hardy, who has won all five of his professional fights so far, will also be part of the show.