Steven Ward [12(4)-0] has echoed Eddie Hearn’s claim the #GoldenContract winner automatically becomes a superstar – but that doesn’t feature in his sources of motivation.
The aptly name ‘Quiet Man’ is among the favourites ahead of Wednesday’s draw for Saturday’s quarter-finals – broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.
Although the Belfast light-heavyweight is not lustful for limelight, he harbours huge ambitions of a different kind as he prepares to face his last-eight opponent at The Brentwood Centre.
“Eddie Hearn said it himself: You can come out of this competition as a superstar… My nickname ‘The Quiet Man’ probably tells you that I don’t have any interest in being a superstar but I do have an interest in being selfish with the goals I want to achieve,” said Ward.
“I spend a lot of time away from my family trying to get to where I want to get to. Time with my wife and my kids are things I have to sacrifice. I have a newborn baby who I haven’t seen much of but winning the tournament will change their lives for the better so I’m going to grasp this chance.
“It’s been a great camp throughout and I’ve been away to Las Vegas sparring some top fighters in the Top Rank gym so I feel in a good place.
“I’ve watched both the Golden Contract quarter-final final nights so far and everyone I’ve been talking to watched them too. It’s fresh, new and exciting not being able to prepare for a fighter. I love the concept.”
Joining Ward in the draw are Bob Ajisafe, Hosea Burton, Andre Sterling, Liam Conroy, Tommy Philbin, Serge Michel and Ricards Bolotniks.