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Wedding won’t disrupt Tommy Ward's training

BRITAIN’S youngest professional boxer is due to get married on Valentine’s Day – but it will not stop him making another important date in his diary.

BRITAIN’S youngest professional boxer is due to get married on Valentine’s Day – but it will not stop him making another important date in his diary.

Promoter Phil Jeffries is working to get Martin Ward a British bantamweight title fight in March, and 18-year-old brother Tommy is keen to make it a family occasion.

There were no fireworks during Tommy’s 40-36 points win over Delroy Spencer at Newcastle’s 02 Academy on Saturday. But for a super-talented fighter in only his third professional outing, it was good experience against a 162-bout veteran.

“It was important for me to get the rounds in,” said Ward, a European champion as a Birtley amateur. “You’ve got to learn a lot against someone like Delroy Spencer, haven’t you?

“He’s a good tight boxer, awkward and tidy. He put up a good show and brings out the learning curve in me. I made some mistakes and there were other things I did well. I’m only 18 years old, I’m still only a boy.”

Marrying Chantelle in February will not stop any Ward preparations for March.

“I’m looking to get out again as soon as possible,” he said. “Boxing is my career. I love my boxing, I’ve been doing it since I was five years old. It’s part of my life, my daily routine. I don’t know anything else.

“It (the wedding) will be a lovely thing, lovely day, and I’m looking forward to it, but there’s a date in March so I’ll be back in the gym the next day.”

Ward was fighting an opponent Martin has faced twice. “I’ve seen Delroy box my brother a couple of times in my amateur days,” he said. “But it doesn’t make much difference to me. We train 100% and I’m always fit. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. I just give it my all.” Saturday was billed as David Ferguson’s last professional fight, but that must now wait until April or May after opponent Sandor Balogh flew in from Hungary, then decided at the 11th hour he was “too tired” to fight. That left top billing to Felling’s Paul O’Hagan and Newcastle’s Akash Hussein, the former making an explosive pro debut.

Hussein was floored twice in a fight which lasted just 96 seconds, and has now lost two of his four pro contests.

Like Ward, Mal Gates’ fighters recorded routine four-round victories.

Sunderland light-middleweight Lee Mould restrained himself to ensure his fight with Ryan McNicol went the distance, while North Shields’ Anthony Nelson impressed in an aggressive display against Anwar Alfaldi.

 

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