Tommy Ward inspired to win British title for trainer Fannan

Boxer Tommy Ward in training with coach Neil Fannan
Boxer Tommy Ward in training with coach Neil Fannan

Tommy Ward aims to deliver more glory tonight to a man who has made winning the British super-bantamweight title a speciality –Neil Fannan.

The Hartlepool boxer challenges Jazza Dickens for the Scouser’s 8st 10lb crown in Leeds, live on BT Sport.

Tommy was still at primary school the first time Fannan got his hands on the belt 13 years ago when Hartlepool legend Michael Hunter stopped Mark Payne in the seventh round at the Borough Hall.

Hunter went on to make three successful defences to clinch the Lonsdale Belt outright.

And Ward is aiming to emulate Fannan’s greatest success story by upsetting the Liverpool southpaw at the First Direct Arena.

“Neil’s been there every step in my pro career, I can’t thank him enough,” said the unbeaten 22-year-old.

“Neil has been there, done it all before, with Michael and others and he took my brother, Martin, to the Commonwealth title.

“He’s been a good fighter himself, he knows what a boxer goes through and knows what to say.

“It’s great having him in my corner.

“I’ve got to look at it as just another day at the office and try to block everything else out.

“At the end of the day it’s just me, Jazza and the referee in the the ring and it’s going to come down to who is the better fighter.

“I intend that to be me.”

Ward tipped the scales at 8st 9lbs at yesterday’s weigh-in with Dickens dead on the championship limit.

The bout has the makings of the fight of the night as the world-rated Dickens puts his national number one status on the line against the new kid on the block.

That is saying something considering the calibre of the Frank Warren-promoted bill.

Unbeaten Yorkshire hero Josh Warrington makes the third defence of his WBC international featherweight belt against former IBF world champion Kiko Martinez.

Double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams will face Mexico’s Maryan Salazar when she fights in her home city for the first time in 20 years.

It is her second contest since turning pro with Warre