Martin Ward is not chasing the title he was after this weekend.
But the supremely-skilled bantamweight promises plenty of thrills when he meets George Gachechiladze for the International Masters title at Houghton’s Rainton Meadows Arena tomorrow.
The Georgian has been flown in to plug the title gap after a succession of domestic “names” turned down the opportunity to fight the West Rainton scrapper for the English belt.
For all the upset of a second title postponement – the original March clash between Ward and Craig Lyon fell through after the Merseysider suffered bad cuts in a warm-up contest – Ward says he has lost no sleep.
Ward, a world cadet championship silver medallist in his amateur days, should be too good for the 25-year-old and collect his first pro crown.
But Ward is more concerned about exciting the crowd and enjoying himself than worrying about the standard of belt on offer. “I do the boxing and leave the management to Dave Garside and Neil Fannan,” said Ward. “They get the fights and plot my career and that’s fine.
“It doesn’t really matter to me what I’m boxing for. It’s just another show – another fight for me.
“I simply love boxing. I don’t feel any pressure, it’s sport, it’s something to be enjoyed. And if I get beaten I would say ‘I’ve been beaten by the better man’.
“I’m 24 years old, I’m in the prime of my life, I’ve got no worries at home thankfully. Life’s good – I’m enjoying it.”
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