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Moore: Quiet Man Ward can make some noise

 

By David Kelly

Coach Jamie Moore says he is expecting Steven Ward to deliver an eye-catching performance when he clashes with Steve Collins jnr on the Windsor Park undercard tomorrow night.

Ward has been working with Moore for a year and the Manchester trainer insists he has seen the unbeaten Monkstown light-heavyweight make significant strides during this latest camp ahead of his first good test against Dubliner Collins.

"He's known as the Quiet Man because he keeps himself to himself and in our gym there's lots of banter about and he has to take a lot of stick but he's a great guy and a very disciplined athlete," said Moore.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he performs in this fight with Steve Collins jnr because the development in the gym has been really impressive over the last three months and I think he will put in a great performance.

"At first when he came to us he was a little bit stiff, a little bit rigid but he's looser now and also he is fighting inside a bit better.

"Early on in your career as a professional you want to not just work on what you're good at but also concentrate on what you're not good at. That's what he has been doing and he has been making improvements and people who are following him will see that.

"Steve Collins is a well schooled boxer, similar to his dad he is a pressure fighter so it should be a good blend of styles and a great fight for the fans."

While Carl Frampton is the major attraction tomorrow night, Ward revealed he has sold 1,500 tickets which has not gone unnoticed by promoter Frank Warren.

"It means a lot to me that so many are getting behind me and to fight on this bill, just a stone's throw from where I grew up, means everything," said Ward.

Meanwhile, Irish boxing is celebrating a new world champion after Portlaoise southpaw TJ Doheny sensationally claimed the IBF super bantamweight title yesterday in Tokyo with a points win over holder Ryosuke Iwasa.

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