Thomas Patrick Ward vs. Edy Valencia Mercado
Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle 12/6/21
Thomas Patrick Ward has vowed to return to the form that saw him win 29 fights in a row when he takes on tough Mexican Edy Valencia Mercado on Saturday.
Ward (29-0-1, 4 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten run when he faces Mercado (17-5-6, 5 KOs) at the at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s IBF super-lightweight title final eliminator against Jeremias Ponce.
In his last outing, Ward suffered a nasty cut and was held to a technical draw by Thomas Essomba, but he says that having fans back in attendance this weekend will help him come out on top.
Ward said: “I’m looking forward to being back out and fighting in front of a home crowd. My opponent is tough and will like to fight so I’m expecting a hard night, but my class and skill should help me win.
“The Mexican fighters always come to win and they’re strong, but I want to be challenging for important titles this year or next year so I need to win here.
“Going into my last fight it had been a bad year, but my main focus since then has just been staying ready and staying fit in the gym, and now I’m excited to be back.
“This fight is at featherweight, and we’ve talked about moving there for a while. We will see how I feel on Saturday and take it from there. It all depends on what fights come up.”
Elsewhere on Saturday’s card, local hero Joseph Laws also makes his return to the ring, as he goes up against Nestor Maradiaga.
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