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Victory roar: Steven Ward celebrates his WBO European title triumph at the Ulster Hall last night
Victory roar: Steven Ward celebrates his WBO European title triumph at the Ulster Hall last night
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Steven Ward survived a bloody battle with Liam Conroy at the Ulster Hall last night to pick up the WBO European light-heavyweight title.

Ward hit the floor in the fourth round having earlier suffered a nasty gash over his left eye. The accidental head clash led to the doctor ordering the 10-rounder to be stopped in the eighth round and so the decision went to the scorecards, with the Monkstown man handed a unanimous decision of 76-75 by all three judges.

"I'm delighted to get the win. It was a big step up for me and I had to dig deep. I proved to myself what I can do because I did get caught with some good shots," said Ward.

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