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Ward has an eye on future as he aims to end the year on a high

 

By Steve Wellings

Steven Ward is eager to close a busy 2017 with his sixth fight since turning pro.

The Monkstown light-heavyweight boxes Przemyslaw Binienda tonight and wants more experience and longer rounds to accelerate his development.

He said: "I plan to be pushing for titles in 2018. I wanted an eight-rounder in this one but it's too big of a card. I want to finish on a high."

Tommy McCarthy's career plans for 2018 include a title win and a route towards the European scene. Victory over Blaise Mendouo on this evening's undercard will help cement his claim for a British title crack.

McCarthy was hoping for a shot at Swindon's Irish cruiserweight champion Luke Watkins, but 'The Duke' has opted for a different route.

Belfast welterweight Lewis Crocker wants to keep his 100% KO ratio going when he mixes with Gyula Rozsas.

And just weeks after Ryan Burnett's big night, bantamweight title rival Zolani Tete wants to leave a lasting impression when he defends his WBO strap against Siboniso Gonya. Tete has blown hot and cold since demolishing Paul Butler in a 2015 IBF super-flyweight defence, but a fight with Burnett would reignite if he can first dismiss Gonya.

Marc McCullough is looking to bounce back from his British featherweight title defeat against Ryan Walsh in May by fighting Tamworth's Josh Baillie.

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