Joe Ward knocks out ‘Great Britt’ in Madison Square Garden

Joe Ward was quick about bringing a long Saturday of Irish boxing to an end in New York.

The light heavyweight talent was last in the ring on a day that saw six Irish fighters in action across four different venues around the world – and ensured an early night for the fans that were getting fight fatigue.

The former amateur sensation stopped Britton Norwood in a round on the undercard of Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey in Madison Square Garden.

One of Ireland’s greatest ever amateurs dropped the American with an instinctive southpaw left backhand halfway through the opening stanza and got the finish seconds later.

The Moate BC graduate jumped on Norwood and forced the referee to jump in and wave the fight off.

The victory puts further gloss on what has been a successful busy year for the World and European Championship medalist.

Norwood, who had former Paul McCloskey opponent Demarcus Corley in his corner, joins former UFC competitor Leandro Silva, previously undefeated American Troy Williams and Marco Delgado on Ward’s 2021 slate.

A third career stoppage win on a big card should help the Lou DiBella guided fighter enter 2022 with good momentum – and the natural talent may look for quality as well as quantity in terms of opponents next year.

The win improves Ward to 6-1 while Norwood’s record now reads 10-4-1.

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