Given the elbow – Steven Ward loses Kazakh Phenom

Steven Ward‘s attempt to upset former standout amateur Kamshybek Kunkabayev ended in somewhat bizarre and disappointing circumstances.

The Belfast cruiserweight traveled to Kazakhstan to take on the Olympic and World Championship medalist who started pro life in an impressive and explosive fashion.

‘The Quietman’ gave a good account of himself at the CSKA Sport Complex in Almaty but ultimately suffered a second career defeat.

The fight was stopped early – in the seventh – but due to a cut rather than a knockdown.

An accidental elbow opened a cut over the eye of the Jamie Moore trained fighter and the fight went straight to the scorecards.

At that stage all three judges had Ward trailing 70-62 and he lost on points as a result.

Kunkabeyev did dictate the majority of the fight, forced Ward to take a knee in the fifth, and was deserved victor.

The result sees Ward suffer a second pro career defeat, his record now reading 13-2 while his opponent improves to 4-0.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com