Ward brothers warm up in style for title challenges

Tommy Ward lands a right punch on his opponent.
Tommy Ward lands a right punch on his opponent.
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Martin Ward opened Saturday’s bill in style – next time he will be topping it.

The West Rainton super-bantamweight warmed up for his challenge for the British championship on November 20, with a third-round stoppage against Elvis Guillen.

Ward will take on Jazza Dickens at the Rainton Meadows Arena and any spies from the Liverpool camp cannot fail to have been impressed.

The 27-year-old is noted more for his skills than his stoppage rate, but he put away the substitute opponent successfully.

Ward set off smartly but when Gulian landed a big right to the Neil Fannan-trained star in round two, it only served to make him better.

The southpaw turned in the power with a determined assault in round three, referee Andew Wright stopping it at two minutes, 31 seconds with Guillen in trouble on the ropes.

It was only the fifth win inside the distance for the West Rainton talent in 25 contests.

Younger brother Tommy came through his own international contest in a different fashion as he builds towards a potential title shot at the same division as his sibling.

The 21-year-old was handed his most difficult opponent to date, African champion Nasibu Ramadhani.

But Tommy dominated from start to finish to clinch a shut-out 100-90 scoreline from Mr Wright.

The Tanzanian arrived with a good record and reputation, having challenged for the Commonwealth belt earlier in the year.

He began with purpose, but Ward not only made him miss on multiple occasions, he landed a sharp right time and again.

It was the story of the first half of the fight and there was a nice body combination in the sixth to show Ward possessed more than a great right hand.

Tommy won at a canter and promoter Phil Jeffries and manager Dave Garside will write to the British Boxing Board of Control to put their boxer forward for an English title fight. “We’ll be putting Tommy’s name forward and see what the Board come back with,” said Fannan.