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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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