Steven Ward fires warning to divisional rivals following latest victory

RINGSIDE 24/04/2019

Undefeated Belfast light-heavyweight Steven Ward is looking forward to gatecrashing a thriving domestic scene as he prepares to showcase himself on Friday.

‘The Quiet Man’ (10-0, 3 KOs) faces the experienced Arturs Kulikauskis on a bustling #MTKFightNight – live on iFL TV.

Last month, Ward’s MTK Global team-mate Liam Conroy challenged Olympian Joshua Buatsi for the famous Lonsdale belt and with the 175lb division also including the likes of Hosea Burton, Anthony Yarde, Craig Richards and Callum Johnson, Ward is keen to play a significant role.

Ward said: “It’s a red-hot domestic scene which is good for all of us light-heavyweights because it gets people talking about our division.

“There are lots of opportunities and that can only be great for me because you want to be fighting the best, at the end of the day.

“As far as British title level goes, I’ll fight anyone. I want to keep climbing and I’m enjoying the challenges I’m being faced with. 

“I feel I’m getting myself up there and now I have the team and the ability to get there so it’s just about me going out there and putting it into practice.

“To map out the rest of 2019 would just ideally be to keep enjoying it. I’d love to pick up another belt this year and be right up there in the domestic scene. 

“I’m always looking to earn my stripes but the main thing is to enjoy 2019 as much as I enjoyed 2018.”

Joining Ward on Friday’s card is his new gym-mate and IBO world champion Chantelle Cameron plus the likes of unbeaten Londoner Dan Azeez, talented Kazakhs Viktor Kotochigov and Nurtas Azhbenov and many more.