Thomas Patrick Ward returns to BoxNation on Friday night when he meets Jesse Angel Hernandez over 10 rounds in Kansas.

The Durham boxer knows an impressive American debut could put him on the brink of a World Title fight.

Here is our fact-file on the big British hope:

1) He is the youngest of five children. Oldest brother Martin is a former Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion. His IBF World Title challenge against Stuey Hall ended in a technical draw because of cuts. Martin, who has a 27-4-1 record, also fell short in British and European Title challenges.

2) Thomas is from a travelling family and knows fighters like Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders from coming across them at horse fairs when they were young.

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3) He was just six years old when he started boxing at Birtley ABC. As an amateur he is one of Britain’s most decorated juniors of recent years and had a 60-4 record. He won a national schoolboy, two junior ABAs, two NABC and four British Junior Titles. He was a bronze medallist at the European schoolboys and gold medallist at the European Under 17s in the Ukraine.

4) He was expected to stay amateur but he didn’t even box as a senior after missing out on a place with the GB squad. He turned professional with trainer Neil Fannan soon after his 18th birthday.

5) Fannan made sure his protege learned in gym and would spar with Jamie McDonnell, Scott Quigg and Josh Warrington.

6) He studies other boxers and loves watching fights involving Canelo Alvarez, Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather and Jorge Linares.


7) Unbeaten Ward is best known for his silky boxing skills. Just four of his 25 wins have come inside the distance.

8) Ward’s best win as a professional came in May 2017 when he became British Super-Bantamweight Champion, defeating Jazza Dickens on a technical decision after nine rounds when he was ahead on all three cards.

9) For his big fight against Hernandez he started his camp at Fannan’s gym on a farm near Hartlepool, but has been in New York for the last two weeks.

10) He is ranked at number four in the WBO rankings.