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Steven Ward won't let anything disrupt his push for gold

By Jonathan Bradley

At the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago Steven Ward brought home a silver medal and the heavyweight has travelled to Glasgow with the intention of going one better this time around.

Ahead of his first fight in the 2014 competition on Friday evening, he said: "I want to perform to my best and I'd like to think that means looking at gold but we just have to wait and see the draw.

"The experience of four years ago I think will give me an edge. I didn't know what it was going to be like last time but now I know what to expect.

"Even saying that, you're only as good as your last fight and new boxers are always coming through so I have to make sure that I'm in the best condition that I can be.

"I want to come home knowing that there's been no stone left unturned so that's the way we've prepared."

That preparation involved gruelling training both in Dublin and more recently at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland in Jordanstown and Ward was quick to praise the facilities that were available to the team.

"We didn't have to go away for training or preparation because we have world class facilities right here on our doorstep," said the Monkstown BC man.

"The standard of boxing in Ireland is really high because of it."

While the experience of the previous games in Delhi proved logistically difficult for Team NI's competitors, things could hardly be simpler this time around but, while Ward will soon have family joining him in Glasgow, he intends to let nothing distract from his medal focus.

"It's good that the family can travel over but a ring is a ring. It can be anywhere when push comes to shove.

"I think my mum and dad and girlfriend will get over but I won't get to see much of them if honest," he said.

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