Ward gets his chance at a title fight

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MARTIN Ward will finally get a crack at a tile in September.

The West Rainton super-bantamweight will fight Mike Robinson for the English belt in Hartlepool.

It will make a belated crack at winning his first pro title on Sunday, September 30 – it’s the fourth attempt at staging the title fight, a hand problem ruling Ward out of the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light earlier this month being the most recent mishap.

But Ward is fully recovered and will start as favourite against his Liverpool opponent at the Borough Hall.

Ward heads an exciting cast list, including Hartlepool’s most recent champ, International Master Peter Cope, who took that honour after a brilliant points win over Gavin Reid at Sunderland.

And the last man to fight for a title in Hartlepool, Michael Hunter, will also be on the Phil Jeffries-promoted event.

Hunter won six major title fights at the Borough Hall and took on Steve Molitor for the IBF world title there in November, 2006.

It was the last championship bout at the Headland venue. Following three action-packed years of Dave Garside-promoted shows and Sky-televised events, the pro game did not return to Hartlepool

That was until March when Jeffries staged Hunter’s comeback and Cope’s first pro appearance in his home town.

Jeffries said: “I loved going there and that’s been one of my favourite shows.

“We’ve got some top lads on – Martin’s going for the English title and the three unbeaten Hartlepool lads, Peter Cope, Greg O’Neil and Callum Winton are all on.

“There is a re-match between Gary Fox and Neil Hepper after the great fight they had at the Borough Hall in March. We’re going to get the tickets printed in the next few days.”