Martin Ward can take a major step towards another championship challenge this Saturday.
Coach Neil Fannan and manager Dave Garside were pressing the 27-year-old’s claims for the European super-bantamweight title, but he needed a bout and win.
Team Ward are halfway there after arranging a bout against old foe, Lithuania’s Simas Volosinas, in Manchester on Saturday.
“Martin is ranked four by the European Boxing Union and he’s in a great place in their pecking order,” Fannan said.
“But one of the EBU stipulations is that they don’t nominate fighters who have just had a loss.
“Given Martin lost to Jazza Dickens last time out (for the British title) he now needs a win.
“The EBU are due to meet in March and if their super-bantamweight match is debated then we want Martin in the mix.”
Ward should get the win he needs against Volosinas at the Hilton Hotel on the Oliver Harrison-promoted show. “Martin is fit and sharp,” said Fannan. “He’s proven he’s at championship-class and this is a chance for him to put himself in the frame.”