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Returning Steven Ward has “learnt a lot” from frustrating foul-filled fight

Steven Ward [9(3)-0] was desperately unlucky to miss out on one of the biggest shows of the year in Manchester last month.

‘The Quiet Man’ was set for a spot on the Warrington-Frampton undercard in Manchester but was forced to pull out the week beforehand.

It emerged that Ward had suffered a broken orbital bone in his previous fight, in October versus rule-bending Mexian Rolando Paredes, and these had not sufficiently healed in time to box on the BT Sport Box Office card.

Ward has refused to let the damage done by numerous headbutts get him down – indeed, he views it as a learning experience – and he will return to the ring on Friday March 29th at the Ulster Hall.

“I’ve healed up now,” reports the BUI Celtic light heavyweight champ who will feature in an undercard bout on the Luke Keeler v Conrad Cummings 2 bill.

“There was damage than we thought at the time because there was an orbital fracture. I’m 100% now and I’m looking forward to getting back in there. I learned a lot in that last fight.”

Ward is excited to be fighting at the Ulster Hall in what will be the second show in two months following over six years away.

“There’s nothing like fighting in your home city,” he explained. “Everyone knows it.”

“To fight in the Ulster Hall is amazing. I fought there as a kid but to have a professional show in there is phenomenal. It’s right in the city centre.”

“This place oozes boxing history. Years and years and years ago, I have memories of going and watching boxing there as a kid. Now for me to be boxing in there myself is an absolute honour. It’s a beautiful place.”

“For where I’m from, the people that support me from Rathfern, Rathcoole and Monkstown – plus the people from where I live now in Taughmonagh – can all get to the venue easily. I’m sure it’s going to be a sell-out and it’s a fantastic bill.”

Joining 28-year-old Ward on the undercard of the YouTube-streamed show in nine weeks’ time will be Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully, Taylor McGoldrick, Padraig McCrory, and debutant Callum Bradley, with more to be announced soon.


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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