Undefeated Celtic light-heavyweight champion Steven Ward will be back in action in his home city on the MTK Global show at Ulster Hall on March 29.
‘The Quiet Man’ (9-0-KO3) overcame some ugly tactics from Rolando Paredes in October and having healed from injuries sustained in that fight, is delighted by the prospect of performing at the prestigious Belfast venue broadcast live on iFL TV.
Ward said: “I’ve healed up now. There was more damage than we thought at the time because there was an orbital fracture. I’m 100% now and I’m looking forward to getting back in there. I learned a lot in that last fight.
“There’s nothing like fighting in your home city. Everyone knows it. To fight in the Ulster Hall is amazing. I fought there as a kid but to have a professional show in there is phenomenal. It’s right in the city centre.
“This place oozes boxing history. Years and years and years ago, I have memories of going and watching boxing there as a kid. Now for me to be boxing in there myself is an absolute honour. It’s a beautiful place.
“These MTK Global fight nights are going everywhere. Six shows at the start of the year is unheard of. There’s real quality on them too. They want all their fighters to be active. Now they’ve got the Ulster Hall.
“For where I’m from, the people that support me from Rathfern, Rathcoole and Monkstown – plus the people from where I live now in Taughmonagh – can all get to the venue easily. I’m sure it’s going to be a sell-out and it’s a fantastic bill.”
Joining Ward on the card is team-mate and gym-mate Conrad Cummings, who defends the WBO European middleweight title over his former conqueror Luke Keeler plus Sean McComb, Steven Donnelly and more.
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