Sunday 17 December 2017

Boxing: Ward's double joy for Ireland

AIBA World Youth champ Joe Ward was celebrating a double on Saturday after claiming gold and the Boxer of the Tournament award at the 20-nation Abbas Agalarov Cup in Azerbaijan.

A 6-1 verdict over Abdeshnov Denislan of Kazakhstan saw the Moate BC, Co Westmeath clubman finish on top of the light-heavyweight podium in Baku.

Ward won gold at the Abbas Agalarov tournament last year and followed that up with a gold medal win at the 2010 AIBA World Youth Championships in Baku a few months later.

Winning three bouts in three days, Ward has yet to indicate if he will enter the Irish Senior Championships in Dublin next February. Meanwhile, Evan Metcalfe, Declan Milligan, Michael McDonagh and Kieron Forde all won bronze in Baku to take Ireland's medal haul to five.

Irish Independent

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