Wednesday 26 July 2017

Ward: I won't turn pro before Euros

Ward has been named on a nine-strong Irish team for the tournament. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ward has been named on a nine-strong Irish team for the tournament. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Rio 2016 Olympian Joe Ward has confirmed that he will be defending his title at next month's European Elite Championships in Ukraine.

But the European light-heavyweight champion admitted that the pro promoters are still in the background. Ward, the 2015 World Elite finalist, is mulling over whether to remain in the amateur code until after Tokyo 2020 or switch codes.

A pro contract - with a six-figure signing-on fee - is understood to be on the table for the Moate BC southpaw.

"I'm definitely going to the Europeans," said Ward. "After that we will see."

Ward has been named on a nine-strong Irish team for the tournament.

Coach Zaur Antia added: "He is a 23-year-old talented boy. After the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020) he will be only 26. He will have plenty of time then to make a decision."

Irish Independent

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