Thomas Patrick Ward seeks to position himself for a shot at dangerous champion Navarrete when he fights Edy Valencia on Saturday in Newcastle. THOMAS PATRICK WARD has spent a plenty of time riding high in the world rankings. But he’s been waiting for his chance to come. The wait will likely continue. He is number three with the WBO for their super-bantamweight belt. But Stephen Fulton is due to box Brandon Figueroa for three of the four major belts including that strap. Michael Conlan is ahead of Ward in the queue for the WBO. So the man from West Rainton will hold the weight no longer. He is moving up to featherweight to pursue a major title and a big fight there. The first stop is Edy Valencia at 128lbs on Saturday (June 12) at the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle.