Ward and Lewis are set for action
FORMER local amateurs and current pro stablemates Bobby Ward and Dwayne Lewis are set for action on the undercard of Saturday night s Hennessy promotion at York Hall, Bethnal Green. A clash of unbeaten fighters tops the bill at the York Hall, with Norwich
FORMER local amateurs and current pro stablemates Bobby Ward and Dwayne Lewis are set for action on the undercard of Saturday night's Hennessy promotion at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
A clash of unbeaten fighters tops the bill at the York Hall, with Norwich challenger Danny McIntosh and Welsh champion Nathan Cleverly squaring off for the British light-heavyweight title.
Former amateur title winner Ward was left bitterly disappointed in Wigan last month after an impressive pro debut was tainted, when his bout with useful Sheffield rival Mo Khaled was called a draw by referee Michael Alexander.
The result shocked Ward and he was supported by ITV's commentary team who all expressed their disbelief at the verdict.
Ward will hope for better luck when he appears on Saturday's show at York Hall - coincidentally the same night as his former amateur victim Amir Khan challenges for the world title in Manchester.
Khan and Ward each earned a win when they fought twice during their amateur careers 10 years ago.
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While the Bolton star went on to win Olympic silver and earn pro success, Ward won national amateur honours at Dage-nham and Repton clubs, before he took a five-year break from boxing.
His trainer Tony Sims is excited by what he has seen from his new protege working at his Hainault gym: "It's early days yet, but Bobby is looking like a real talent. He worked very hard and he has shed more than two stone since coming back into the gym," he said.
"He has bags of ability and that was his first fight in over five years, so I think there is an awful lot more to come from him," added the trainer.
Ward looks to improve on that debut draw in his second pro appearance on Saturday, when he will be tested by experienced rival Sid Razak - who gave former British title-holder Martin Power a tough fight in a recent York Hall appearance.
The Hennessy Sports event is again live on ITV and features super middleweight Dwayne Lewis, who is looking to improve a pro record with six wins and a single draw.
Former Peacock BC amateur Lewis has been showing good form in training where his sparring rivals included James DeGale.
The Newham prospect (pictured above) is matched with Lithuanian Kirill Pshonko known as the 'pit-bull' on Saturday's show.
An action-packed undercard at the York Hall includes former British and European Light-weight champion Jon Thaxton, unbeaten heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury and contests featuring hot prospects Steve O'Meara, Bradley Evans, Del Rogers.
Tickets priced from �35 are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via www.ticketline.co.uk.