The Newtownabbey light heavyweight was in action on the Ginley Promotions card at the Devenish Complex and scored a rather facile win over Hungarian late replacement Attila Tibor Nagy.
Ward [5(2)-0] needed just 90 seconds to dispatch the Magyar following the withdrawal of proposed step-up Carl Wild.
An easy win, ‘The Quiet Man’ was keen to look at the positives and told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards that “I am always happy to get in the ring and get a fight.”
“You can’t argue with another win, but maybe you would be a bit disappointed with him. He didn’t seem to come with any intentions of doing anything.”
Following a portion of his camp spent under the Spanish sun, Ward was hoping to be extended slightly more, but isn’t complaining as his pro career continues to rattle along at a good speed.
The Monkstown graduate described how “I was away for a couple weeks in Marbella and I really felt in good nick.”
“I felt strong and I was really looking forward to showing that. They have a real good way of training over there and I felt really really good.”
“I haven’t really enjoyed boxing this much since I was a kid, so at the end of the day it’s another fight and win you have to look at the positives.”
27 year old Ward, a Commonwealth Games silver medalist in 2010, wants to be progressed up through the ranks, and stated that “I have no doubt I am ready.”
“Hopefully I am up to eight rounders [next]. My team know best, but I am hoping that is what they have next for me.”
“I am always learning, but I feel I have the ability for eight round fighters and I want to experience doing an eight round fight.”
“MTK have been brilliant for me they are the best about so I will listen to what they say.”
“There are fighters I know who have had three fights in their first year. I am on five right now, but for the Frampton fight falling through that would be six and I hope to get out again before the end of the year. That is great within a year.”
“I am up for anything or anyone, but again it’s with the team what happens next. I just feel like I would like to get to eight rounds first and once I am there we can look over the horizon.”
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