Brother Martin backs Tommy Ward to win British title for West Rainton

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Martin Ward expects little brother Tommy to do what he could not quite pull off – and defeat British super-bantamweight king Jazza Dickens.

West Rainton fighter Tommy Ward tackles the Liverpool star at the First Direct Arena in Leeds tonight, live on BT Sport.

Elder sibling Martin has already had a crack at the excellent southpaw, who squeezed home by a split decision in the maiden defence of his title in the autumn of 2015.

Tommy is younger and less experienced than the senior Ward, but Martin is confident youth will prevail.

“It’s the biggest fight Tommy’s ever had, but he’s taken it in his stride,” said the 29-year-old who is due to fight soon for the European title.

“Usually just before a title fight you can be a little edgy, but when we’ve been going to the gym to train with Neil [Fannan], he’s been having a laugh and a joke.

“Tommy believes it his destiny and his confidence is very strong.,

“But Jazza is a tough, durable lad and a very good boxer.

“The times I was on top when we fought at the Rainton Meadows Arena was when I was outboxing him.

“That’s going to be the key for Tommy – he’s ultra-talented with super timing so Plan A is going to be to out-box Jazza.

“If that’s going well, stick to it, if it’s not, I’m sure Fanno has a Plan B, Plan C and so on!

“I’m not saying Jazza can’t box, he can, he’ll believe he’s the better boxer and has the skill and reactions to beat Tommy.

“He has a great pedigree, he’s had bigger fights – the last time he boxed he was in with Guillermo Rigondeaux!

“But I think Tommy might just be too sharp for him.”

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.

Tommy said: “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.”

The duo will slug it out on the undercard of Josh Warrington v Kiko Martinez.

It is a packed and exciting bill for viewers on BT Sport to enjoy after the satellite station agreed a big-money deal with promoter Frank Warren.

Meanwhile, Martin said he spoke to Dickens and his trainer, Paul Stevenson, at the weigh-in and wished them well.

Ward is friends with boxer and coach, adding: “I had a quick word, shook hands and wished them ood luck.

“The fellas were saying it’s a shame that Team Ward and Jazza were rivals.

“But it is what it is, it’s boxing, it’s business. I like the lads but I really want Tommy to take the belt off him.”