Steven Ward [12(4)-0] elected to fight Latvian Ricards Bolotniks [15(6)-5(3)-1] in this weekends Golden Contract competition.
The new and fresh competition returns on Saturday as eight ight-heavyweight stars from around the world compete at the Brentwood Centre, for a place in the next stage of the competition.
The draw for the quarter finals which will feature Hosea Burton, Ward, Liam Conroy, Tommy Philbin, Bob Ajisafe, Andre Sterling, Serge Michel and Bolotniks took place this afternoon.
There were four blue balls and four red balls, with those who picked a blue ball able to select their opponents from those who picked red balls. The blue balls were numbered one to four to decide in which order they can choose.
Ward managed to pick blue ball number 2 meaning he had second choice and after first pick Tommy Philbin elected to fight Serge Michel, , ‘The Quietman chose Ricards Bolotniks.
Speaking with regard to his choice Ward said “He’s highly-ranked and a good fighter. It’s a good challenge for the first fight and I’m looking forward to it.”
While Bolotniks seemed delighted with how the draw played out.
“This is a very good fight and I’m happy. I wanted to fight him the most out of everyone and I’m ready for him.”
Draw in full:
Tommy Philbin vs. Serge Michel
Steven Ward vs. Ricards Bolotniks
Andre Sterling vs. Liam Conroy
Bob Ajisafe vs. Hosea Burton
Following today’s dramatic draw, the Golden Contract fight week activities continue later this week, with the press conference taking place tomorrow.