Friday 9 December 2016

Ward signs off with crushing victory

BOXING

Bernard O'Neill

Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

Joe Ward finished out his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) season on a high note with a unanimous decision over Joe Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius in Sofia.
Joe Ward finished out his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) season on a high note with a unanimous decision over Joe Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius in Sofia.

Joe Ward finished out his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) season on a high note with a unanimous decision over Joe Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius in Sofia.

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The light-heavyweight , who will be back in Bulgaria with the Irish team next month for the European Elite Championships, won all eight rounds.

The fight night ended in disarray after the Rio 2016 clash between Bulgaria's Spas Genov and France's Mathieu Bauderlique ended in a technical draw.

Bauderlique, who beat Ward this season, took the first round of the decider for a quota place at the Rio Olympics.

Genov forced Bauderlique into a standing count in the second, but the bout was stopped moments later after the Bulgarian suffered a cut on his forehead following an accidental clash of heads.

The International Boxing Association may now order a rematch. If Genov, who Ward has beaten this season, is not fit, it remains to be seen who will get the Olympic quota place.

Bulgarian, French and Irish boxing will be watching developments with interest. The Ward versus St Pierre fight was for a rankings position.

Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce's APB rankings clash with Brazil's Robson Conceico in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Saturday also ended in a technical draw.

Joyce, who was beaten by Carl Frampton in a classic 2009 Irish final, was ahead on points when the 60kg contest was stopped in the second after the Irishman suffered a wound following an accidental clash of heads.

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