TOMMY Ward reckons his preparation has been perfect ahead of the hardest fight of his career at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena tomorrow night.
The 20-year-old West Rainton featherweight aims to make it eight wins out of eight against South Africa’s Michael Ramabeletsa over six rounds on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Paul Butler IBF world bantamweight title tilt.
Ward has completed 40 rounds of sparring with world champion Hall, and he said: “It’s been great sparring with a world champion, who is a tough, strong man.
“The sparring has been good. He wanted someone who was quite fast and a good mover to prepare him for Butler.
“We seem to have slotted in perfectly to their programme.
“The sparring has gone really well.
“The preparation couldn’t have gone any better.
“I’ve done all these rounds with Stuey Hall and he’s been building towards a 12-round world title fight.
“I’m doing six rounds against a good opponent so what I’ve done with Stuey should be perfect for me.
“It’s great to be fighting on a world title show at the Metro Radio Arena and should be a fantastic experience.
“I’m looking forward to showing what I can do.”