Strictly boxing can land title!

Stuart Hall at a press call in the Metro Centre, Gateshead, ahead of his World Bantamweight title defence against Martin Ward at The Metro Radio Arena on Saturday.
Stuart Hall at a press call in the Metro Centre, Gateshead, ahead of his World Bantamweight title defence against Martin Ward at The Metro Radio Arena on Saturday.
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MARTIN Ward is not upset in the least if world champ Stuart Hall thinks he is nothing more than a “dancer”.

The West Rainton star plans to out-move and out-box the Darlington fighter, who defends his IBF title in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Hall taunted his challenger on Monday, saying Ward thinks he’s turning up for Strictly Come Dancing.

However, the gifted 26-year-old bantamweight says he IS coming to the Metro Radio Arena to dance ... all around his rival.

“I think his style and mine will make it a great fight,” said Ward.

“Stu comes forward and is pretty powerful. My movement and boxing skills are what I do best

“I’d like to think that his style is made for me.

“That is taking nothing away from Stu – he’s a good fighter and he carries a solid right hand which I’m going to have to be wary of.

“But I’ve known and watched him for a long time and we’ve sparred with each other on numerous occasion.

“His power will count for nothing if he doesn’t land.

“Stu struggles against movers.

“Ian Napa was ahead on every scorecard when he retired and he then lost to Jamie McDonnell and Lee Haskins, who are both mover-boxers.

“When he boxed Sergio Perales for the IBF inter-continental title I thought he’d beaten him but Stu got the decision and fair play to him. But Perales was a boxer-mover as well.

“People who can move and box do pretty well against him, hopefully I can do the same.”