TOMMY Ward recorded his 11th straight victory in an entertaining six-round battle in Sheffield.
The Neil Fannan and Dave Garside featherweight prospect outpointed Chris Adaway at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre.
It proved a tough, but rewarding, evening for Ward who has experienced a frustrating couple of months with a pull-out of ex- British, Commonwealth and European champion Esham Pickering in South Shields in October and a late cancellation of his appearance on the Houghton show promoted by Phil Jeffries.
But it was a case of all right on the night in Sheffield where he was given a test but emerged a good winner.
Fast-starting Ward was out the blocks quickly, scoring with his trademark sharp hands.
Ward continued his assault in the third round with an excellent left cross sending Adaway’s gumshield flying out onto the blue canvas.
However, Adaway was a determined opponent and refused to go away.
He upped his game in the fourth and while Ward impressed again in round five, the Plymouth fighter came back with spirit.
Adaway began the last round strongly, his corner clearly instructing him that he still had a chance.
He fought to the end and his effort was reflected in referee Howard Foster’s scoreline of 58-57 to Ward.