Ward versus La Cruz – 2017 81kg World final



Ireland’s Joe Ward, Cuba’s Julio La Cruz and France’s Bakary Diabra occupy the top three positions in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Individual light-heavyweight rankings.

The trio have won two fights each this season.

Ward, lining out for the British Lionhearts, is in No. 1 position after wins over Damir Plantic of the Croatian Knights and Bulgaria’s Blagoy Naydenov of Italia Thunder.

The Westmeath southpaw earned unanimous decisions in both bouts and has yet to drop a round in ten frames of boxing this term.

His next outing for the Lionhearts will be a top of the table clash with the French Fighting Roosters in Newport, Wales on April 14.

Les Bleus are in pole position in Group B, two points ahead of the Lionhearts after four matches apiece.

The 2018 WSB season is a qualifier for the 2019 World Elite Championships. The 2019 WSB season will act as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020.