Title contender Tommy Ward has been added to next Saturday’s big North East show.
The West Rainton star will have a six-rounder against an, as yet, unnamed opponent at Ashington as Team Ward wait on news on his British super-bantamweight championship hopes.
Ward will box on the undercard of Northern Area welterweight derby between stablemate Daniel Cope (Hartlepool) and undefeated South Shields fighter Tom Whitfield.
Coach Neil Fannan says that it was important the 22-year-old was kept “busy”.
The reigning 8st 10lb champion, Jazza Dickens, is recovering from a second-round stoppage defeat to Cuban great Guillermo Rigondeaux in a challenge for the WBA Super world super-bantamweight title in Cardiff in July.
“We’re sure Tommy will be the mandatory challenger, but it’s now just a case of waiting,” said Fannan.
“Jazza, we understand, is back in the gym so we’re probably looking at January time for the fight.
“We need to keep Tommy busy so he’s ready for when the bout comes.”
The younger of the Ward brothers, Tommy has built an impressive record and career, winning all 18 of his pro contests.
“Tommy looks awesome and he is improving all the time,” added Fannan.