Ward registers routine points win and eyes up tilt at Irish title
Steven Ward chalked up a second victory and set his sights on an Irish title by this time next year.
The Monkstown man was a comfortable winner over journeyman Remigijus Ziausys over four rounds at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry, backing up his debut victory at the Titanic Exhibition Centre last month.
The Lithuanian was forced to take a count in the third round as Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ward dominated on his way to a 40-35 points victory.
Ward felt he had produced an improved performance. "There's no doubt I was a bit nervous on my debut and I wasn't as fluid as I could have been. There was a lot of support for me and that was a bit overwhelming and humbling but I've learned from that experience," he said.
"On Saturday night I thought everything flowed a lot more. The guy was known for being durable but I felt I controlled the action and in the third when I caught him with the right uppercut he was nearly out of there.
"There wasn't much time left in the round so he recovered. My coach Oliver Harrison was very happy with my performance.
"He had asked me to try out some new things and they worked. I now want to move up to six rounds and I do expect to be out again early in 2017.
"An Irish title next year would be nice - that's a good goal for me."
Ward is based in Manchester with coach Harrison and believes the set-up is working out perfectly as he seeks to climb the light-heavyweight rankings.
"It's not easy being away from the family but the training is great and the sparring is just what I need. I'm working with some of the best guys in the UK which I wouldn't get at home," he added.
"So I'll enjoy Christmas and hopefully not eat too much chocolate before I go again in January. I know I've a lot to learn."