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‘Quietman’ Steven Ward secures British title eliminator

Steven Ward [13(4)-1(1)] is one win away from a covetted British title shot.

‘The Quietman’ has been handed a British title eliminator and will fight for the right to challenge for the vacant cruiserweight version of the Lonsdale belt next time out.

The board have approved a request made by Frank Warren for Ward and Jack Massey [17(8)-1] to fight in an official eliminator.

The fight will take place on a yet to be confirmed Queensbury show. The board confirmed as much in this months circular- stating: “The Stewards decided to approve a request from Promoter Frank Warren for the above eliminator contest, which will take place on a date and at a venue to be advised.”

Massey is a former British title challenger, ‘One Smack’ lost out to Richard Riakporhe before the Londoner vacated the strap. Massey has since bounced back from his sole career defeat with a victory over Iran’s Mohammad Ali Bayat Fari.

Ward was last seen in the ring in an exhibition bout with former Strong Man and Game of Thrones star Hafthor ‘Thor’ Bjornsson and was set to fight. Kazakh ‘phenom’ Kamshybek Kunkabayev in February in Dubai but that fight fell through.

The 30-year-old has been handed domestic duty next and has been given a clear pathway to British title success.

If Ward does defeat Massey he will fight either Sam Hyde or Mikael Lawal for the British title. Hyde and Lawal have also been ordered by the board to fight.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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

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