Wards set for SoL double act

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TOMMY Ward looks set for a family double at the Stadium of Light this summer.

The younger brother of English bantamweight champion Martin, Tommy had been scheduled to box against Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain at Scarborough at the weekend – only to be forced out with a cut eye.

But the teenager is lined up to box at the Summer Rumble at Sunderland’s football HQ on Sunday, July 7,

Tommy, who celebrates his 19th birthday today, needed five stitches in a sparring wound but all will be healed by the time of the Stadium of Light Sunday afternoon spectacular.

Trainer Neil Fannan plans to send both Wards out onto the same bill for the first time.

Martin is back in training after the disappointment of defeat in his British bantamweight title bid last month in Bristol against Lee Haskins.

“I would like Tommy to have a six-rounder at the Stadium of Light,” Fannan said. “He’s had three wins so far all in four rounders.

“Martin is back in the gym and he’s training hard. We’d like to get an opponent for his English title – it would be nice to defend his belt on a big show.”

Defeat at the City Academy is not the end of the world for the 25-year-old, who won the English 8st 6lb belt last September in Hartlepool where he outpointed Jason “Too Smooth” Booth.

“He’s a special talent,” added Fannan.