Repton boxer Martin Ward leads Britain to win over US
Repton's 18-year-old Martin Ward made it a winning return to York Hall Bethnal Green, on Sunday when he featured in an England team that slammed a 7-3 success over a visiting US squad
Repton's 18-year-old Martin Ward made it a winning return to York Hall Bethnal Green, on Sunday when he featured in an England team that slammed a 7-3 success over a visiting US squad.
In his first home appearance since claiming the European youths gold medal the talented Ward had too much class for American rival Ricky Edwards (Prospect Park, New Jersey) and was hailed as the classiest boxer on show at the international clash
The Repton boxer, already hailed as a bright medal hope for the London 2012 Olympics, went to work from the opening bell scoring with rapid-fire attacks and moving out of range smartly before Edwards could fire back with his own counter-punches.
Ward showed little effect of the ankle injury that had prevented him training as he continued to find the target with effective shots that stretched his advantage over the American hope.
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A solid left hook near the end of the second round shook Edwards who needed the respite of a standing count from the referee.
He was on the receiving end of another standing count as Ward slammed home more speedy punches in the final round, roared on by his enthusiastic family followers at the York Hall ringside.
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"I found him awkward at first but once I got my punches going it was OK," said Ward, who was a convincing 21-5 points winner on the official scorecards.
Now after a hectic schedule of international action over the past three months the Repton hope looks to take a break from boxing.
Meanwhile East London Cruiserweight prospect Tony Conquest is booked for his second pro appearance on Miranda Carter's Left Jab promotions Sunday show at York Hall, Bethnal Green on December 6.
Conquest switched to the pro ranks earlier this year where he is trained by former WBU titleholder Jason Rowland at east London's Ultrachem TKO gym.
He made a winning pro start, beating south London rival Bobby Scott by a points decision on the Left Jab promotion at York Hall on September 13 and now looks for his second success against a selected rival next month.