British Super-Featherweight Champion, Martin J Ward, is confident he has what it takes to overcome Maxi Hughes for the third time when they meet at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.
In what will be the second defence of his Super-Featherweight crown against Hughes, the undefeated talent is keen to show his worth before moving on to bigger honours.
“I’m going to go in there and smash him,” said Ward. “I want to be in big fights and the sooner they come, the better. I am ready to go now; I am ready to rock ‘n’ roll and the bigger, the better now for me.
“I want to be getting up there for European titles, and onto the world stage. I want to get up there now this year. I have been a pro since 2012, I have had 18 fights, I have matured, and I am ready to take on some of the big boys.
“I want a big fight. I want to be in center stage on a big fight night and to be involved in the really big fights now. I’ll be 26 this year, and I am matured. I watched my last fight back, and I didn’t perform well at all, so I have a point to prove to myself, and I want to come back with a nice, dominant performance and move on.
“I won’t take Maxi for granted. I have trained and prepared for the best of Maxi. I feel stronger, better than ever and I have matured a lot lately – I can feel it in my body. We’ve got a nutritionist on board now as well, and I can see little changes in the shape of my body. I feel strong as an ox, and I am ready to do a good job on Maxi Hughes.
“Since our last meeting, he has notched up a few wins. He will come with his own ambitions, but it is not happening – I’m going to do a good, solid job on him, get his name out of the way, get it done in dusted and move on to bigger and better fight.
“I have all the tools to beat him no matter what he does. I’m just really, really looking forward to this fight on a big platform, a big show, I’ve had a great camp with no injuries, so I’m looking to go out there and put a seriously dominant performance on and then step up the levels and get a big fight.
“I’m not looking past Maxi Hughes. I have trained as if I am training for a World title fight, I’ve been very, very disciplined, I have left no stone unturned as they say and if it comes down to a fight, I am the winner. I will hit him hard, hit him fast and I’ll be too fast, too sharp, too hard a hitter – I’m going to be too much for him.
“That is why I’ve done everything as it should’ve been done and more in this camp and I’m ready to put on a big performance and get people talking about me.”