Low Blows: Steven Ward

Every Wednesday we speak to an Irish boxer and get their Low Blows, taking their fighter friends down a peg or two.

This week it is the turn of Belfast’s Steven Ward, a 2010 Commonwealth silver medalist who makes his pro bow on the November 5th Belfast Boxnation show.

Q: Hardest Trainer?
A: Michael Conlan – this one’s easy. Mick’s always been the hardest trainer I know, always puts so much in every session.

Q: Biggest Moaner?
A: Ryan Lindberg – I remember years ago we were in Dublin training and he just kept going on about how much he hated it and didn’t want to train and how to get back home.

Q: Funniest?
A: Has to be Sean McComb. Wasn’t in many camps with him, but any time I was he never stops, literally like a Duracell bunny! Some of the things he comes off with is pure gold!

Q: Biggest Ladies’ Man?
A: The now-retired Kenny Egan. Everywhere he went he looked like he walked out of a catalogue.

Q: Most Intelligent?
A: That’s a hard one, there isn’t many. Maybe Mark O’Hara, he isn’t in the game no more – that’s why he is the smartest, he got out of it!

Q: Least Intelligent?
A: Ruairi Dalton, comes out with some random stuff, but he is a smart man when it comes to anything to do with money!

Q: Hardest Puncher?
A: Darren O’Neill. Even when he was 75kg he could always thump.

Q: Most Naturally Talented?
A: Anthony Cacace. Seems to have a gift for the sport.

Q: Cheapest?
A: Connor Coyle. I lent him my car once to go to town at the Commonwealth Games training camp, told him to stick a few quid Diesel in because it was in the red, got it back a few hours later and he had stuck I think four quid in it!

Q: Worst Dancer?
A: Conrad Cummings, it has to be. He’s a legend and we use to meet up and head out after fights, always cracked me up on the dance floor.

Q: Worst Dress Sense?
A: This one is maybe me! When heading to training the first thing I get my hand on goes in the bag, I end up looking like a right donkey at times.

Q: Biggest Messer?
A: Paddy Barnes – because if you do anything to him or mess with his training gear, it opens the floodgates, and the guy has no limits! The wars that went on in the past with him, Mick, and Donnelly, crazy stuff!

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie