Martin J Ward will defend his European super-featherweight strap at the 02 Arena against James Tennyson with the chance to add the WBA International belt to his mantelpiece.
The Brit (19-0-2) will be making his first outing of 2018 and knows a victory can strengthen his case to challenge for a world title. Manager Charlie Sims has admitted he’s excited about what the future holds for Ward.
“It’s a great fight for Martin, he’s had to do it the hard way. He’s won the British title outright which is an achievement in itself, he’s then won the Commonwealth followed by the European knocking out a former champion,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He’s now got the opportunity to fight on such a big stage and if he wins this fight it’ll put him in the number one or two ranking in the WBA. He’ll be knocking on to become a mandatory challenger which would be such a great achievement for Martin – I’d love to see him get shot because he really deserves it.
“He’s very confident walking into this fight on Saturday night. I asked him after the press conference, ‘why you didn’t show him any bite or any intimidation?’ He told me: ‘I’ll be honest with you, I’m so up for this fight, I’m so confident, I really believe this is my time.’”
Asked on how many fights he believes Ward is away from challenging for a top honour, Sims added: “If he wins this fight he’s one or two fights away.
“That obviously depends on what the WBA want to do after this fight. Gervonta Davies has just won the super title but Alberto Machado, the WBA regular holder, would be a good and a very winnable fight. I’d like to see Martin jump in with him later this year.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95