Saturday night, Thomas Patrick Ward has the opportunity to delight home fans as he prepares to defend his British title at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
The undefeated super-bantamweight will go head to head against Birmingham’s Sean Davis in a twelve-round clash and the Geordie is relishing the chance to dazzle in front of the Tyne faithful.
“It’s fantastic to fight in Newcastle with all the home fans here. There’s going to be plenty of them and to box in your hometown, it’s great. I’m looking forward to putting on a show Saturday night for the fans,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.
The 122-pound champion is looking at the bigger picture ahead of his clash against a tough and durable opponent in Davis.
“Hopefully, if I get the victory Saturday night, I need to be beating someone like Sean Davis to move onto bigger and better things, that’s where I believe we can go.
“And hopefully if we get the victory on Saturday night we can move onto a good international fighter and move onto the world level.
“I’ve had a good camp; good sparring, things have gone well so I’m just looking forward to Saturday night now.”
Ward knows the task on hand and is aiming to implement the game plan practised whilst in camp.
He added: “I can’t really say much about that but Neil Fannon, my coach, has come up with the tactics and I follow them. If I follow his tactics then I’ll get the victories.”
Ward was caught up in between the drama at the final press-conference as Josh Leather and Glenn Foot were involved in a war-of-words before being pulled away from each other.
Davis received a round of applause from the media who participated the event after joking, “who’s idea was it to put the small men in the middle?”
The pair also feature on the undercard of Liam Smith and Liam Williams with Leather defending his IBF European strap.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95