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Steven Ward grabs first knockout on Battle of Belfast card

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Steven Ward tonight finally got to give his large Belfast fanbase a proper fight to cheer about.

Ward’s previous two home fights had came against a spoiler in Merdjidin Yuseinov and a joker in Curtis Gargano – although that didn’t stop ‘The Quiet Man’s’ loud following from enjoying themselves.

Tonight at the Waterfront Hall on the BoxNation ‘Battle of Belfast’ card though he faced game Hungarian Istvan Orsos in what was the Newtownabbey light heavy’s first six rounder.

An early knockdown seemed to suggest it would be a short night for the Ulsterman, but it would develop into decent contest, with Ward eventually scoring his first career stoppage at the end of the fourth.

A shot which sunk into the fleshy middle of Orsos sent him down, with a delayed reaction in the first. The Magyar rose quickly and, to his credit, looked to fight his way out of trouble. Of course, the accurate and powerful shots would be being landed by Ward, but Orsos managed to see out the round.

Ward would knock the gumshield out of his opponent’s mouth in the second and continued to land meaty shots, but Orsos was proving to be a tough foe to budge.

The Central European looked to be feeling the pace going into the third as Eard continued to dominate.

A big combo at the start of the fourth had the Hungarian reeling and following a round of domination from Ward, the bout was stopped by the referee right on the bell.

The impressive win sees Ward improve his perfect professional record to 4(1)-0, while the brave Orsos drops to 16(5)-41(13)-2.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Joe O'Neill

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