Ward ready for 'Shark' attack at Wembley
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 November 2016
Repton amateurs all set to feature on big night of boxing
Martin J. Ward must be ready for a ‘Shark’ attack at Wembley Arena on Saturday night when he defends his British super-featherweight title for the first time.
Ward takes on Scot Ronnie Clark, who is known as ‘the Shark’ and after three stoppage wins in his last four contests claims he will upset the odds this weekend.
But champion Ward, whose unbeaten march includes 15 wins and two draws, said: “My title is staying where it is.”
Ward appears alongside former Repton team-mates Ohara Davies and Ben Hall on Eddie Hearn’s bill against a 31-year-old southpaw who has chalked up 17 wins, two draws and thre losses in a five-year campaign.
Helping Ward reach peak condition at the gym is sparring partner Davies, who faces tough Italian Andrea Scarpa for the WBC super-lightweight belt in the main event.
The confident Davies sent a blunt message to a rival who has not lost since dropping two points decisions five years ago, warning: “Get ready to get knocked out.”
Unbeaten in 10 fights, super-welterweight Hall faces his toughest test yet against world-class American Carson Jones, who has proved his quality in a 50-fight career.
“I am in boxing to win titles. This is my toughest test, but I will come through and show my quality,” said the hard-hitting Hall before the 10-round battle for the WBC silver belt.
The three boxers are guided by Bethnal Green’s Sims brothers, with Peter training Hall at his Hainault gym, while brother Tony coaches Davies and Ward in the Matchroom gym in Brentwood.
The Wembley undercard has Matchroom prospects in action, including Ted Cheeseman, Conor Benn, Felix Cash, Craig Edwards, Charlie Edwards, Reece Bellotti and new pro Danny Dignum.
Irish amateur star Katie Taylor also makes her pro debut on the show which features as one of boxing’s big nights on the year and will be screened live on Sky Sports.
There is an outstanding Frank Warren bill in Cardiff on the same night, where world champions Billy Joe Saunders and Terry Flanagan are featured among five title showdowns.
But missing from the bill will be Peacock gym welterweight Ahmet Patterson, who has been forced to call off his British super-welterweight title clash against Welshman Liam Williams.
The 29-year-old former Repton amateur was forced to pull out of the biggest fight of his career when three strangers attacked him on his training run and left him with badly bruised face.
His manager and Peacock gym boss Martin Bowers said: “Three guys must have been drunk as they stopped Ahmet and started throwing punches.
“He managed to get away but his face is badly swollen so there is no way he can fight on Saturday. It’s a massive blow for him. He was really looking to take that title we just hope the bout can go on at a later date.”
Meanwhile, Friday night sees Warren stable prospects in action on Andy Ayling’s WAM boxing bill, toppe dby three title fights, at the Brentwood Centre.
Bradley Skeete faces John Thain for the British welterweight title and Lee Markham takes on Andrew Robinson for the English middleweight belt, while Boy Jones Jr meets Martin Hillman in a Southern Area super-featherweight fight.
Area prospects Anthony Yarde, Sanjeev Sahota, Charlie Driscoll, Billy Long and debut boxer Harley Benn, son of former two-weight world champion Nigel, are in supporting action on the show which is also screened on the BoxNation TV channel.