WARD’S BIG CHANCE
AT 29 and with 29 fights under his belt (25-3-1, five wins early), experienced County Durham southpaw MARTIN WARD gets a crack at the European super-bantamweight title when he meets ABIGAIL MEDINA over 12 rounds on a Phil Jeffries promotion at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall on Saturday (September 30).
The man with what is usually a girl’s name was born in the Dominican Republic but has been based in Spain since turning pro back in 2008.
His 17-3-2 (8) ledger includes a December 2013 eight-round points defeat by Jamie Mcdonnell in London, while in the fight before that he was outscored (10 rounds) by Nikolai Potapov in Russia - so he hasn’t travelled well.
This is the first defence of a belt he won last December by outpointing France’s Jeremy Parodi, who’s lost in the UK to both Carl Frampton and Gavin Mcdonnell.
Ward once held the Commonwealth bantam crown but up at 122lbs his only title tilt saw him drop a split decision to Jazza Dickens for the British belt.
Barring injury, this one seems likely to go to points, with home advantage spurring Ward to a narrow points victory.
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