More Mexican stand offs in the works for Joe Ward

Mexico may play host to two more Joe Ward [1(1)-1(1)] fights.

The light heavyweight prospect made a surprise return to the ring in Tijuana on Saturday registering his first professional victory out of the blue.

The Moate BC graduate stopped Luis Alberto Velasco in the first round in Guadalajara to put his freak injury inspired debut defeat well and truly behind him.

The much decorated amateur was due to fight in Boston in March only for Covid to force the cancellation of that show.

Considering he is signed to with Joe Winters and Adam Glenn of Times Square Boxing and works with Lou DiBella and Ken Casey, it was expected Ward’s return would play out in New York.

However, he popped up in Mexico the weekend and it looks like he may fight south of the border again before any American return.

Speaking to Bernard O’Neill, Adam Glenn, who worked Ward’s corner alongside Jimmy Payne, revealed Mexico may provide a temporary home for the Westmeath man’s clashes.

Glenn said: “We took the fight at short notice and we kept it under wraps. We might have him fight again in Mexico in a couple of weeks. We’re talking about it now.

“We want to get him another win or two. After that, we’re going to be bringing him over to the States and start to get on course; bigger and better fights.”

Mexico has proved a keep busy venue for a number of Irish fighters in recent years. The likes of Dylan Moran, James Power and Vladimir Belujsky and more have traded leather in Tijuana of late.

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