Ward brothers tasked with Georgian tests

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BOXING’S Ward brothers have been handed tests from Georgia this weekend when they box on same bill for the fourth time, writes Roy Kelly.

Martin will take on Kahaber Avetisian over six rounds, the same distance younger sibling Tommy tackles George Gachechiladze at Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday.

It is an important afternoon for the Hartlepool-trained pair.

Martin is lined up for a British super-bantamweight title eliminator against Lewis Pettitt, providing the Kent boxer accepts the fight, while Tommy looks to move towards championship level himself with his 13th straight success.

Neither of the East Europeans are pushovers.

Avetisian must be one of the busiest boxers on the planet – he is a year younger tha Ward yet he has already had 65 bouts, 37 of them wins.

The 25-year-old boxed 14 times in 2014, winning seven, all his victories by stoppage.

Gachechiladze should be a familiar name, as well as a long one.

The 28-year-old boxed Martin in the Neil Fannan and Dave Garside star’s 16th pro contest in May 2012.

It proved a tough one with the opponent giving him a serious argument before a body shot brought a stoppage from referee Mark Curry in the eighth round.