Steven Ward hoping for eight-round test following easy Belfast win


Steven Ward had the easiest night of his pro career so far on Saturday night in Belfast.

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.”

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

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