West rainton’s Ward brothers aiming to follow Klitchkos’ lead – by starring at same weight

Peter Cope and John Green  will battle it out for the Northern Area lightweight title at the Summer Rumble and are pictured with their fellow fighters at the Stadium of Light
Peter Cope and John Green will battle it out for the Northern Area lightweight title at the Summer Rumble and are pictured with their fellow fighters at the Stadium of Light
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Boxing’s Ward brothers are ready to do a ‘Klitschko’ – and take the world by storm.

Fighting families are nothing unusual in the sport, but not normally at the same weight.

But the Wards, Martin and Tommy, now plan to campaign at super-banatamweight.

So far, Martin has fought at bantam, winning the Commonwealth title and challenging for Stuart Hall’s IBF World crown.

Tommy has operated at feather, very successfully too, reeling off 13 straight victories.

But now he will box at super-bantam, starting at the Summer Rumble a week on Sunday when he fights for a newly-launched championship.

The younger Ward will tackle Vladimer Janezashvili for the British Promoters Association Classic Challenge belt.

It’s a bit of a mouthful but the BPA Classic is a British Boxing Board of Control-endorsed competition – and Tommy could be its first recipient.

Janezashvili arrives with a strong record of nine wins from 11, but the Neil Fannan and Dave Garside boxer will start as favourite to triumph over eight rounds at the Stadium of Light.

“Super-bantam is something I always had planned in my mind,” said the 20-year-old.

“This is what I want to do and I feel comfortable at it.

“Of course there is room for both of us at super-bantam.

“I have watched and learned from Martin and he’s taught me so much about this game, from amateur to pro, and I’m still learning from him.

“We’re not rivals, there are a few belts out there and we could clean up.”

Janezashvili, from Georgia, will not be a pushover as Tommy admits.

“He’s won nine out of 11 and stopped two and the two who have beaten him are good lads,” he said.

“Obviously with a title on the line he’ll be coming to win, but I think my skill and class will be too much.”