Martin Ward out to entertain and win pro title


NORTH-EAST boxing’s Mr Entertainment Martin Ward is not chasing the title he was after this weekend.

But the supremely-skilled bantamweight promises plenty of thrills when he meets George Gachechiladze for the International Masters championship at Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow.

The Georgian has been flown in to plug the title gap after a succession of domestic ‘names’ turned down the opportunity to fight Ward for the English belt.

For all the upset of a second championship postponement – the original March clash between Ward and Craig Lyon fell through after the Scouser suffered bad cuts in a warm-up contest – Ward says he has lost no sleep.

The Co Durham fighter, a world cadet championship silver medallist in his amateur days, should be too good for the 25-year-old from Eastern Europe and collect his first pro crown at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

But Ward is more concerned about exciting the audience and enjoying himself than worrying about the standard of the belt on offer.

“I do the boxing and leave the management to Dave Garside and Neil Fannan,” said Ward.

“They get the fights and plot my career and that’s fine.

“It doesn’t really matter to me what I’m boxing for.

“It’s just another show – another fight for me. I simply love boxing.

“I don’t feel any pressure, it’s sport, it’s something to be enjoyed.

“And if I lost I would say ‘I’ve been beaten by the better man’.

“I’m 24 years old, I’m in the prime of my life, I’ve got no worries at home thankfully, life’s good I’m enjoying it.”