Coach says Tommy Ward can conquer the world

Tommy Ward in action against Jazza Dickens.
Tommy Ward in action against Jazza Dickens.
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Tommy Ward can conquer the world.

That was the message from coach Neil Fannan who added that he wants his newest British champion to continue learning.

Ward clinched a technical decision against reigning super-bantamweight title holder Jazza Dickens in Leeds on Saturday night when the intriguing contest was stopped in the ninth round after Tommy suffered a gashed eye following a head clash.

It was the biggest fight of the Dave Garside-managed boxer’s flourishing career – and he passed the test with flying colours.

“Tommy could do with a couple of decent fights like that one,” said Fannan.

“I do believe the sky is the limit for him and he can only get better, but he still has plenty to learn.

“Tommy has all the talent in the world, you could see that against a very good champion, but he needs battle-hardening up a little bit.

“But Tommy is a good lad, he’ll have learned from Saturday.

“He’s fit, skilled, enthusiastic lad who lives the life [right] and he’s a very clever student, he wants to learn all the time.”

When the bout was stopped, on the instruction of the ringside doctor, Dickens was just starting to come on strong.

But Fannan had no doubts about the outcome.

“I only gave Jazza a couple of rounds in my eyes with maybe a couple even,” he said.

“As soon as the ref said ‘accidental’ he could not go back on what he said.

“I don’t ever take anything for granted but when it was going to the scorecards I just knew we’d won, I thought Tommy was a few up.”