Stephen Ward [3(0)-0] made it three pro wins in just over four months with victory on the ‘Belfast Boys are Back’ card on Friday night, and the light heavyweight prospect hopes to keep busy over the remainder of the year.
‘The Quiet Man’ is keen to make noise at the weight, and is hoping for a quick return, but not until he has spent some time with his new wife.
Ward got married during camp – indeed, before the card was postponed, he was due to fight the night before his nuptials. Therefore, the Newtownabbey man only had two days with his new spouse before having to return to Salford and Oliver Harrison’s gym to train.
The Commonwealth Games silver medalist hopes he will be Manchester-bound again soon as it means he will have a date lined up, but it seems he fears repercussions at home more so than any potential opponent – so it’s time with the family first.
“I plan to be busy, but I haven’t seen the wife. I only got married a few weeks ago and I was home for two days and then I was straight back into camp. I had half a slice of wedding cake and I think my missus thinks I am married to Oliver so it’s time for a little time at home,” Ward said smiling before returning to the more serious talk.
“Hopefully I will be busy enough that I don’t have time for a stag do. I hope to be out a couple more times this year and the next one will definitely be a six rounder.”
Ward seemed to have settled quickly into pro life and impressed again on Friday in outpointing Curtis Gargano.
The 26 year old is happy to be banking experience and very content with his Harrison link up.
“He [Gargano] came in last minute, we trained for a six rounder, but MTK had to get me a late replacement and I was glad to fight such an experienced fighter.”
“A couple of times I could have sucked into him when he was doing that showboating stuff, but with Oliver in the corner he kept me composed and we worked on that,” he continued.
“I feel good. I feel like I have another few rounds in me. When I turned pro and went with Oliver we have been working on putting punches together. As an amateur, because of my big long range, I was able to throw single punches. Now I am putting together and I feel good and comfortable. I think I will go strength to strength.”