Joe Ward will be back between the ropes in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in Wales on Saturday night chasing a hat-trick.
The current European Elite light heavy champion and World Elite silver medallist lines out for the British Lionhearts versus Bakary Diabira of the French Fighting Roosters in a top of the table Group B clash in Newport.
Ward has already recorded two wins for the Lionhearts this season in the battle for qualification berths for the AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships in Sochi,Russia in September 2018.
It’s understood (to be confirmed) that the top three light-heavyweights in the individual WBS rankings qualify for Sochi which is expected to be a major qualifier for Tokyo 2020.
As things stands, Uzbekistan’s Ward, Bekitmer Mehkuziev, Cuba’s Julio La Cruz and Diabira have racked up two wins each in the 81kg class this season and are on equal points.
La Cruz, the current Olympic and World champion, is in action in Colombia tomorrow night.