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


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.

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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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