Boxing: Ward ends year as European champion

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 December 2017

Martin J Ward celebrates his EBU super-featherweight title win (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom)

Martin J Ward celebrates his EBU super-featherweight title win (pic Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom)


Magnificent Martin J Ward crowned a great year by claiming the European super-featherweight title at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday.

The boxer, from the Navestock traveller site, unleashed a savage assault in the sixth round to knockout Spain’s former champion Juli Giner in their battle for the vacant title.

And Ward insisted he is ready to move into the world title picture, which seems the obvious step after a year in which he has defended his British title to make the Lonsdale belt his own and also won Commonwealthh and European crowns.

The 26-year-old smiled as family members celebrated his victory, proudly displaying his various belts as the York Hall fans roared their approval of his victory.

“I have beaten some good men to win these belts, now I want to go for world titles. I will fight anybody,” said the muti-titled boxer, who won a string of amateur awards at Bethnal Green’s Repton BC.

Ward, known for his boxing skills, showed plenty as he built up a good lead against the well-muscled Spaniard who boasted a good record against some of Europe’s top super-featherweights and had only suffered one previous inside-the-distance defeat.

Although the home favourite jabbed his way into a good lead his rival threatened with powerful hooks in an intriguing battle.

However, in the sixth round Ward turned on the power, landing a savage left hook to send his rival crashing to the canvas for a long count.

Giner gamely tried to swing back, but Ward looked lethal and seized the opening for a powerful right that sent the Spaniard down and out as the Italian referee signalled the end after one minute 30 seconds.

“It was a career best performance – Martin is ready to move up against the best men in a very competetive division,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

Champion Ward also paid tribute to the work of his coach, east Londoner Tony Sims, adding: “I’m just listening to this man and carrying out what he teaches me.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

49 minutes ago

Coasters could have been several goals up before Daggers drew level


Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!


St Mary’s Lane club beaten 27-12 by league leaders on Saturday


Crow Lane club recorded a 29-17 success on Saturday


Everyone Active Raiders coach Sean Easton admitted he was disappointed to have only one fixture at the weekend.

Yesterday, 17:00

Hornchurch attacking midfielder Bradley Warner has left the club to reportedly re-join Bostik North outfit Bowers & Pitsea.

Yesterday, 16:00

Midfielder scored winner for Essex club in win over Coasters

Yesterday, 10:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now