Martin J. Ward is set to defend his European Super-Featherweight title against the WBA International Champion, James Tennyson, on May 5th at The O2 in London.
Ward added the vacant European title, to his British and Commonwealth crowns last December when he stopped Juli Giner inside six rounds.
Ward aims to secure a world title shot and James Tennyson, currently ranked number four by the WBA, is the next obstacle in his way.
“I’ve gone the traditional route, and I’m happy I’ve done that,” said Ward. “I’m proud to be European champion, and I think it’s important to defend titles when you win them, so this is a good start to 2018 for me after a brilliant year last year.
“I want to progress onto the World stage now. I’ve won everything there is to win, and when I beat James, I want to start working towards getting to World-level. I leave the path down to the team, but I believe I am ready now, and I’ll prove that on May 5.”
“It great to be part of another momentous night of boxing on Sky Sports,” said Tennyson. “Big thanks to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for delivering another big opportunity.
“It feels strange to be taking on someone who you admire. Martin is a great champion but I have a great chance to get my hands on that title, and I’m grabbing it and coming back across that Irish Sea with another belt.”