TOMMY Ward will look to continue his climb up the boxing ladder by making it nine wins out of nine as a professional this weekend.
The West Rainton prospect, who has won all eight of his pro bouts, will fight Antonio Horvatic in Doncaster on Saturday night.
It looks a good match for the Neil Fannan-trained fighter – while his Croatian opponent has won only four of his 10 contests, three of his wins have been by stoppage so the 27-year-old presents a clear danger.
The younger brother of Commonwealth champion and world title challenge Martin, Tommy is certainly heading in the right direction.
Last time out, he was stepped up in class with a six-rounder against Lancashire-based South African Michael Ramabeletsa at the Metro Radio Arena.
The 20-year-old was somewhat harsh on himself, labelling it a “terrible performance” but it was the best result of his career so far.
Ward began and finished brightly, looking impressive as he boxed behind his jab.
He lost his way a little when he neglected his jab but coach Fannan will be looking to see him put in a consistent display over the four rounds at the Doncaster Dome.
Brother Martin is still out of action – he has not boxed since suffering a nasty cut when challenging Stuart Hall for the Darlington man’s IBF bantamweight title in March at the Metro Radio Arena, a fight which ended in a technical draw.
The 26-year-old’s eye has now healed and a Commonwealth title defence was mooted against unbeaten Doncaster fighter Jason Cunningham, who has reeled off 12 straight wins as a pro.
But Martin is suffering a chest infection and is unlikely to box until October or November.