Hartlepool boxer Tommy Ward waits on British super-bantamweight title shot

Tommy Ward could be set for a straight British super-bantamweight title shot after all.

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 3:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 5:21 pm
Tommy Ward (right) in action in his win over Robbie Turley at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

SportMail reported last month how the British Boxing Board of Control ordered a “final” title eliminator for the undefeated 21-year-old against rival Gamal Yafai.

The 24-year-old Brummie, the Commonwealth champ, though has withdrawn from the purse bid process which should clear the path to challenge holder, James “Jazza” Dickens.

Ward’s coach, Neil Fannan and manager, Dave Garside, are now awaiting news from the BBBC.

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It is the second time the unbeaten Birmingham boxer has pulled out of a contest with Ward.

The pair had been lined up to meet in the spring after the BBBC had ordered a bout for the English belt, doubling as a British eliminator.

After Yafai withdrew to concentrate on the Commonwealth, the governing body instructed Ward’s management team and promoter, Phil Jeffries, to source their own eliminator.

It led to Ward taking on – and beating – Robbie Turley, from Wales, and now hopes are high the BBBC will make Dickens v Ward official.