Ward on the limit for title fight

Martin Ward
Martin Ward

MARTIN Ward weighed in bang on the 8st 6lb limit for his Commonwealth bantamweight championship confrontation with Gabriel Laryea.

The West Rainton fighter, trained in Hartlepool by Neil Fannan, looked fit and confident at the weigh-in at the Michael Angelo Hotel in Ryton.

Laryea, boxing for the first time outside his native Ghana, tipped the scales at 8st 3½lbs.

The duo will meet again tomorrow night at the Centre for Sport in Newcastle’s westend in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds.

“I feel very confident and happy,” said Ward ahead of a welcome meal following a strict diet.

“I’ve made the weight now, I can relax and I can’t wait to get in the ring tomorrow night.”

Hartlepool’s Peter Cope also weighed in ahead of the biggrest fight of his career so far, against experienced Yorkshire fighter Sean “Short Fuse” Hughes.

Cope tipped the scales at 9st 8¼lbs with his fellow southpaw, slightly lighter at 9st 7¾lbs.