Ward ready for world title bout
The world's oldest professional boxer, Mansfield's Steve Ward, admits he is facing one of his toughest challenges when he steps into the ring for a world title bout at the weekend.
The 60-year-old is looking to end his career with a victory over German Andreas Sidon to lift the World Boxing Confederations World Heavyweight Championship belt at the town's Civic Quarter on Saturday.
Ward is a clear underdog as he faces a fighter who has knocked out Danny Williams, the man who had previously beaten former world champion Mike Tyson, as well as beating Audley Harrison.
Sidon is six years younger, has a six inch reach advantage and is two inches taller at six foot six inches high, two inches.
But, Ward is adamant he can cause a major upset saying: "You don't have a right to be there if you don't think you have a chance.
"I'm fighting for myself, for Mansfield and for England."
Ward, though, has promised his wife Lucy that this will be his last fight whatever the result.
The pair met for the first time at Party on the Market on Sunday (pictured with Ward left) and the weigh-in takes place at Civic Quarter on Friday afternoon.
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