MARTIN Ward is having world-class training in his bid for a world class performance.
The IBF bantamweight championship challenger will spar WBA top-10 rated Tshifhiwi Munyai over the next three weeks at Neil Fannan’s Hartlepool gym.
Fannan and manager Dave Garside hope the 28-year-old, known as the Atomic Spider, will give West Rainton’s Ward the edge for his bid to take Stuart Hall’s belt at the Metro Radio Arena on March 29.
Ward and the South African, who won the WBA African super-bantamweight crown last year, spared for the first time this morning.
“Tshi will be here for a few weeks,” Fannan said.
“This lad is top class with 24 wins out of 26.
“He’s stopped both Martin Power and Lee Haskins in his time and has operated at a very high level for years.
“I think he’s something like six or seven in the world ratings at super-bantam.”
Munyai’s arrival comes courtesy of Ward’s sponsor, North-East Securities.
“Dave asked if there is anyone I wanted to bring in to help Martin with his preparations,” Fannan said.
“We located him, asked him, he said yes and he’s here.”
Ward already looks in tremendous shape.
“We’ve been in training six to seven weeks now,” said Fannan. “We’d been anticipating a Commonwealth title defence when we first went into the gym.
“We are well ahead of schedule.”